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The Warren Hunting Smith Library is home to well over a quarter of a million volumes in all disciplines as well as personal and group study rooms and classrooms. Professional reference librarians guide campus researchers to print and electronic resources and conduct a vigorous program of course-related research instruction in first-year through upper-level courses and for the Honors program throughout the year. Central to the program is not simply the use of research tools, but the development of the critical thinking skills necessary to be a life-long learner.
The online catalog provides access to the Colleges' print, video and electronic holdings as well as electronic reserve materials for classes. A wide range of Web-based resources are available through the library's Web page, including electronic-text databases, Web sites, and connections to other library catalogs. Through cooperative agreements with a network of local and national libraries students and faculty members, using inter-library loan services, also have access vast array of additional materials.
The library is also home to several special collections, including the Hobart and William Smith Colleges' archives, and collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and local history materials.
This state of the art facility combines services and staff from the library, Information Technology Services and the Center for Teaching and Learning to create a cohesive environment that supports complex learning, deep exploration and rigorous intellectual pursuit. Created in the spring of 2008, the Rosensweig Learning Commons transformed The first floor of the library into a space that uses technology to advance formal and informal instruction as well as individual and group research. Students and faculty now have a single site for research and collaboration, mediated by instructional technology, and designed to promote the skills of information fluency.
The Commons reaffirms the library as the heart of an academic community, where learning takes place in a complex environment of print and electronic resources that cultivates the research and technical skills for lifelong learning. The space has more than 130 computers, including a 24-hour area, with the availability of both Mac and Windows platforms. Nearly every piece of furniture on the floor - from the lounge chairs to the tables - is wired for power and network connectivity so that students can flexibly move from space to space with laptops.
What do Michele Bachmann, the Long Tailed Duck, & Free Will have in common? They were all topics being researched at the HWS Library during the 2013 spring semester. The Research Librarians have pulled together a few...
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