Jan Malcheski, the reference librarian at Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library, offered some tips for students who frequent the library. Although Ireland library is full of information, it also has access to multiple libraries and databases all over the country. The library’s website can be found at www.stthomas.edu/libraries/ireland/.
“In this digital age, we like to think of the library as having two faces – in person and on line,” commented Malcheski. “Nowadays, almost all resources are either discovered or accessed via computers.” Important study components such as CLICnet, Journal listings and indexes, E-reference books, RefWorks, Interlibrary Loan, and subject research guides are found on the library website.
When you do visit the library in person, stop by the circulation desk. “You can check out and return all books, pick up books from other libraries, and request items on reserve for your class,” said Malcheski. “In addition, general library inquires and services include: getting change or prepaid cards, applying for study carrels, paying lost book fines, etc.”
The largest room in the library is the reference room. It is here that you will find Malcheski. As any SPSSOD student will tell you, if Malcheski cannot find your book or article, it does not exist! He is very approachable, and his desk is in the middle of the reference room.
“Any and all inquires are welcome!” Malcheski said. “We encourage you to ask if you have any questions about research and/or library use. If I am not at my desk, check in the office across the lobby or simply ask at Circulation. I can also be reached by email or phone: firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-962-5453.”
In addition to Malcheski, Judith Michalski and student workers at the circulation desk are always helpful. The library provides numerous – not to mention, indispensable – resources for your studies. The library’s helpful and expert staff are on hand to assist you in discovering just the right resources (whether in the building or online) and in navigating library systems you’ll want to master for your studies.