CU Libraries offers you the world

December 2, 2016

Need a good book? The Clarion University Libraries has a few – 447,828 bound volumes to be exact. Or how about a journal? There's 40,018 of those. Pretty much everything you would ever need, the library has it.

The scope and breadth of the libraries' collection of books and journals might surprise you, but there's even more. More than 184,000 e-books are available, as are 57,565 streaming videos, 11,350 other audio-visual titles, as well as 1.5 million microform items.

If you think that's a lot of stuff, well it is, and the staff, faculty and students working at the libraries are more than willing to help you find it all and put it to good use.

The library system at Clarion began with one building, the Rena M. Carlson Library, and grew to include the Charles L. Suhr Library at Venango Campus, and in addition, now boasts many digital, online and technical service options for students, faculty and the public.

Although many people might consider public and university libraries to be somewhat past their prime because of the vast amount of online information available at your fingertips, Clarion University has kept up-to-date with information and technology innovations to dispel this myth.

Library staff provide leadership to and collaborate with faculty to integrate information literacy concepts into classes to enhance student learning outcomes for both on-campus and online students.

The CU Libraries S.W.A.T. Team (Students Who Assist with Technology) provides technical support to faculty and students having access and connectivity issues, as well as supports student use of various types of software seven days a week.

And if that isn't enough, you can always 'Ask-A-Librarian.' This service provides one-on-one student support via many avenues, including face-to-face, toll-free phone calls, live online chat, Skype, text and email.

"Everyone involved with the CU Libraries never misses an opportunity to share our newest innovations and offerings, and we take pride in our ability to assist anyone with any project," said Terry Latour, dean of University Libraries.
He added, "We're very excited about our latest resource - AVON, the Academic Video Online service that offers a collection of more than 57,000 videos created to support the educational needs of college students and faculty."

"AVON includes video content in virtually any subject area from over 1,500 leading distributors, producers and filmmakers including award-winning pieces from 60 Minutes, PBS, BBC, NBC, Annenberg, Bloomberg and more."

The AVON database is available through the Libraries Homepage, and in addition to raw and edited footage that students and faculty can access, it includes platform tools for faculty learning, research and teaching.

In essence, Clarion University Libraries has many ways for you to connect with them. The faculty and staff at Carlson and Suhr Libraries are eager to hear from you. Remember, just choose the method that is most appropriate for you, and begin to explore the world today.

CU Libraries by the numbers

6 faculty, 10 staff (plus 3 part-time), 2 managers, 36 students

3 computer labs, 11 group study rooms

40 laptops and 15 iPads available to borrow

64,228+ book & AV items loaned or circulated to students and faculty

8.6 million searches of informational databases

212,142+ journal articles used

7,324 interlibrary borrowing & loaning transactions 

273.57 gigabytes – size of Clarion digital collections on the Web (Clarion Call & Venango Voice student newspapers, Sequelle and Pathfinder yearbooks, alumni publications, undergraduate and graduate catalogs, etc.)

$2,660,229 – library budget for 2016-2017

Last Updated 4/9/18