SWTJC Library: Serving over 6,000

By Laura Nelson

With the availability of instant information on mobile devices, the library on a college campus may seem like a quaint concept that is coming to the end of its usefulness.

"Not so!" said Karen Baen, Library Director at Southwest Texas Junior College. She explained that the Will C. Miller Memorial Library that serves more than 6,000 SWTJC and Sul Ross-Rio Grande College students provides access to a number of hard-to-find services. Research materials, instruction in information literacy, a quiet place to study, and access to the Internet for numerous students and community members who do not otherwise have a connection are all offered there.

In addition, faculty from both schools can schedule a class taught by library staff to familiarize students on how to use the library effectively. Students can learn how to find, evaluate, and cite research materials while avoiding plagiarism plus how to identify and use reliable sources such as academic journals. Ms. Baen oversees operations for the library that has facilities on the SWTJC campuses in Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde.

The library features a children's section, fiction, non-fiction, academic and commercial periodicals, a research area, study rooms, and a computer lab. It is open to the public and community members may check out materials as well as e-books using a TexShare library card.

With the spring semester coming to an end, summer hours on all campuses will begin Monday, May 12, 2014. The library on each campus will be open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about the library and its resources, call 830.591.7367 in Uvalde; 830.775.1563 in Del Rio; or 830.758.4118 in Eagle Pass or email library@swtjc.edu.