TO: New Faculty and Academic Staff
FROM: John Jax, Library Director
RE: UW-L Murphy Library Resources in Support of Instruction and Research
Welcome to UW-La Crosse!
We know you will find Murphy Library to be one of the most important resources on campus for fostering student academic success, supporting your research and assisting your curricular development endeavors. The library’s website is your fast access gateway to electronic information 24/7. The following faculty & staff pages will introduce you to your librarian colleagues and the many resources and services available specifically to you. We also invite you to visit the library for a firsthand look at what the we have to offer and to make an Individual Research Consultation appointment for a more in-depth discussion with a librarian about the wealth of information available to you.
Librarians and staff have developed a number of services to help you and your students identify relevant materials. Subject guides list the most pertinent multidisciplinary or subject-specific information resources.
You can schedule information literacy classes for your students to help build their critical thinking and library research skills.
Beyond those resources which reside or are made available electronically in Murphy Library, you can easily access research materials across UW System Libraries. Within the library’s search interface and discovery tool, called SEARCH@UW, is the UW system resource sharing service which allows you to directly request books from other University of Wisconsin campuses. Through the library’s interlibrary loan system, ILLiad, resources from outside the UW System can be requested and delivered to Murphy Library and most articles are delivered electronically. Also, a growing number of digitized resources are available locally and through the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.
Librarians work closely with faculty to select books, periodicals, DVDs and other formats essential for teaching and research. We invite you to partner with us to identify key materials that support your academic discipline.
Over the last few years, all of us in the library have been rethinking how physical spaces are used for every kind of learner. You will find on the first floor a Collaborative Learning Information Commons where students can work together in groups using PCs and iPads checked out at the circulation desk. We also have quiet study areas and group study rooms. You can also meet with colleagues or students in Murphy’s Mug, the library’s café.
Finally, the Murphy Learning Center, located on the second floor of the library, continues to offer tutoring services to all students, in a multitude of disciplines including writing and public speaking.
Again, welcome. Do not hesitate to let any of us know how we can assist you with your teaching and research endeavors.