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The User Community
Overview:

The library in the 2011 fall term served an immediate community of approximately 2,366 full-time and 1,491 part-time students, 25% of whom are enrolled in graduate programs, and 300 faculty members, one-half of whom are full-time.

The Mount is a charter member of Novanet, a consortium of ten Nova Scotia post-secondary institutions with 26 libraries contributing to a common database of over 1.2 million records. Novanet members share a common database management system that integrates functions related to cataloguing, acquisitions and serials management, and online public access. Relais is a rapid delivery service for books and photocopies in response to on-line requests initiated directly by registered library opac users.

In 2010/2011 the library delivered 4,371  books and photocopies from our collection to other libraries for the use of their patrons. During the same period we received 4,450 items at the request of our patrons.

The library also recognizes its obligation to support the needs of students enrolled in distance education courses. There are some 3,000 students taking our courses from off-campus locations through Distance Learning and Continuing Education (DLCE).

Novanet and article database access is also possible from campus offices and labs and from home, for all researchers with password access to the University network.

The Facilities:

E. Margaret Fulton Communications Centre is the physical home of the main university library: the library occupies more than one-half of the space in the 65,000 sq. ft. building. In 2005 the library was zoned by colour to define area of greater or lesser quiet.

There are 158 study carrels, some of which may be rented by graduate students during the academic term.

The MacDonald Collection, the library's collection of finely bound books, limited editions, and other rare works, provides a quiet study room..

A microform reader/ scanner with computer as well as dvd, video-cassette, and audio-cassette players are available for public use.

The computer lab (EMF 127A), on the lower level, permits library staff to teach large groups, using wide-screen projection, the appropriate search skills for electronic research indexes and the Novanet catalogue.

The University Archivist's office and the Archives stacks are also located on the lower level of the EMF Centre.

Professional Liaison:

The librarians participate in the deliberations of the Senate Library Committee either as the librarian member elected for a three-year term, or as a resource person invited by the chair to address a particular item on the agenda. The University Librarian represents the University on the Novanet Policy Board, and the Council of Atlantic University Libraries ( CAUL) which provides online access to education resources, including the academic calendars and web sites of AAU member institutions.

 Updated Dec. 9, 2011

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