The J. E. & L. E. Mabee Library at the University of the Incarnate Word is the academic center of the campus. The library houses a collection of more than 300,000 items in various formats. It maintains current subscriptions to 785 serial titles and 110 databases, which increases user access to over 40,000 electronic full text articles. The Audiovisual Collection features more than 14,988 items in many formats to support the academic curricula and to cultivate the visual arts. In addition, the library holds 301,272 microforms.
All library materials are classified and arranged in the stacks according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System, and are accessible by searching the Voyager online catalog.
Library Mission Statement
The Library actively participates in the life of the University. It supports the University’s academic programs with materials, instruction, and technology that advance the intellectual development of its students and the scholarship activities of its faculty. The Library’s collections encourage lifelong learning and reflect differing viewpoints, various cultures, and a global perspective. Materials and services encompass the Catholic social teaching and social justice issues espoused by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the University.
The Voyager online catalog serves as the gateway to the library’s holdings in various collections and formats. Each bibliographic record offers several access points, such as author, title, and subject by which a record can be retrieved and displayed on a screen.
The library also maintains a dynamic web page (http://library.uiwtx.edu ), which provides access to information on library services, policies, research guides, and links to the electronic databases. Students may access these databases from off campus through the use of client software that creates a virtual private network (VPN). Instructions for downloading the VPN can be found in the “How do I” section of the web site. Once downloaded and installed the VPN authenticates users through their UIW network login and password.
The library has reference librarians available on duty 92 hours a week, 7 days a week. Students may contact the reference librarians by calling 210-829-3835 or sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments can be made with librarian-subject specialists, whose areas of specialization, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses are also on the web site. In addition, our Information Literacy Librarian can provide in-class information literacy sessions for faculty and graduate students.
By participating in resource sharing agreements, the J. E. & L. E. Mabee Library at the University of the Incarnate Word offers to UIW faculty and students access to additional resources to be found in other libraries off campus. Researchers can research WorldCat, a global bibliographic database provided by the Online Computer Literacy Center (OCLC). WordCat offers access to 98 million records of holdings from 60,000 member-libraries from 112 countries.
If the Mabee Library does not have a resource, students can request materials through the ILLiad inter-library loan service. This service offers the advantage of submitting a request to the home library to borrow materials on behalf of the user from any OCLC-member libraries. Students and faculty can register for the service by clicking the ILLiad link on the library’s homepage. The ILLiad service allows users to keep track of their requests and to receive articles electronically if available in that format.
Another way of obtaining books from other Texas academic libraries is the TexShare Borrower’s Card. UIW users can obtain these at the Reference Desk if they are in good standing with the library (no fines).
The library resources are accessible by persons affiliated with the university. Borrowing privileges are extended only to persons with a valid UIW identification card and in good standing with the library.
The library welcomes off-campus researchers and the general public to the occasional use of its resources. All non-affiliated visitors are subject to the Library Rules of Conduct for Guests. Guests must register at the Circulation Desk.
The library’s wireless network allows qualified users of laptops to access the network from a convenient location within the campus.
The library has quiet study space and group study space on both the first and second floor of the library. There are study carrels, comfy chairs and tables scattered throughout. On the second floor, there are 10 group study rooms for groups of 2 or more students. In addition, doctoral students can use Room 103 for research and Room 233 for dissertation writing. Keys to all these rooms must be checked out at the Circulation Desk.
Audiovisuals: Rooms 144-145 provide a collection of non-print media in various formats. Room 105 holds various pieces of equipment for viewing or listening.
Finnegan’s Coffee Shop: This refreshment center is adjacent to the Library Atrium and offers the opportunity for library users to relax while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea and/or a snack!
Library Auditorium: It is off the atrium. It seats 125 people and can be reserved for special events.
McCreless Fine Art Gallery: The gallery houses a collection of fine art.
Reference Desk: Where patrons can find an on-duty reference librarian to assist in their research.
Research Computers, Room 110: This room is adjacent to the Reference Desk. There are 24 computers for university patrons and 4 guest computers. Eight of the computers have MS. Office. In addition, 6 laptops are available for check out from the Circulation Desk. Printers are available in this room as well. Additional computers for writing can be found on the ground floor in the Media Center.
The Reference Collection, Room 143: Scholarly publications and materials for in-house consultation support all UIW programs. This includes an extensive bibliography section, as well as general and subject specific reference resources.
Reserves: Faculty selected materials for limited circulation in support of learning requirements for specific courses are kept at the Circulation Desk for Reserve Reading.
Texana Collection, Room 138: An outstanding selection of books about Texas and by Texas authors housed on the first floor in the area behind the Reference Desk. There is also a reading area for popular magazines and journals in this area. Copiers and a scanner are available in Room 135 inside the Texana room.
First Floor Stacks: This area holds UIW’s book collection.
Current Periodicals & Microforms, Room 203: All current and bound issues of journals and newspapers, as well as serials on microfilm are located on the second floor. This area also includes the Library of American Civilization (a microfiche collection of 19,100 books representing historical primary and secondary source material for graduate level research).
Sr. Collette Ross Children and Young People’s Collection: A wide variety of primary and secondary level fiction and non-fiction books to support reading and research needs for Education and Children’s Literature courses are available in this collection.
Curriculum Materials Collection: A collection of current state-adopted textbooks, curriculum guides, and other materials related to studies in Education and teacher preparation are found on the second floor near the Sr. Collette Ross Children and Young People’s Collection
Joe L. Frost Play and Play Environments Research Collection, Room 202: A collection of unique research items on Children’s Play.
Adina De Zavala-Menger Archival Collections, Room 207: Houses a portion of archival documents bequeathed to the University by the woman described by Texas historians as the “savior of the Alamo” and the descendants of a German immigrant family who found the historic hotel in downtown San Antonio. Open to researchers by appointment only.
Special Collections Suite, Room 211: This is the principal repository for rare books, manuscripts and other materials. Available to researchers by appointment only. This room is used for special events as is Room 221, a small conference room on the second floor.
Group Study Rooms: Rooms 234, 235, 236, 237, 240, 244, 245, 246, 247, and 249 are available for 2 hour periods to groups of 2 or more students. Two rooms (235 and 236) have flat screens with laptop hook ups.
The Office of Instructional Technology provides technology facilities, software, audiovisual equipment distribution and media production services in support of instruction and special events. The office also provides technology training to the Incarnate Word community.
The Office of Instructional Technology operates the Media Center, a computer lab with 50+ computers located in the basement of the Mabee Library. The Media Center is open to faculty, staff, and students in support of their use of computer technology and instruction. In addition to standard software such as Microsoft Office, the lab provides access to specialized software programs to support student work in a variety of courses. This facility is open 7 days a week; the entrance to the Media Center is on the south side of the library.
The Media Service Center also provides audiovisual equipment to classrooms and audio, digital graphic and video services to faculty and students. Students may request production services from the Multimedia Specialist. To check out equipment, however, an instructor must make a request in the student’s behalf. The Media Service Center has large format printing and scanning services and a room set aside for audio and video editing.
The Department of Instructional Technology offers classes in software applications including Microsoft Outlook, Access, PowerPoint and Excel, Adobe Acrobat, SPSS, and Blackboard. Classes are available for faculty, students, and staff.
Training opportunities include:
For more information about training, the Media Center, and the Office of Instructional Technology go to http://support.uiwtx.edu/MediaTraining/index.html