Faculty and Staff
Michele Van Hoeck
Sr. Assistant Librarians:
Margot Hanson; Amber Janssen
Library Services Specialist II:
Jennifer Haupt; Larry Stevens
Cal Maritime’s library facilitates student success by offering library instruction and collections that address Cal Maritime’s unique curriculum and develop savvy information users and life-long learners.
The library plays a key role as a place for quiet study, group work, research, reflection, and productivity. Its building, with views of the Carquinez Strait and San Pablo Bay, offers an inviting and serene environment. It is equipped with many tools to facilitate research and study, including a wireless network, desktop and laptop computers, printers, cameras, and calculators.
The library’s instruction program plays a key role in helping students gain one of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges’ five core 21st century skills: information literacy. To achieve this, the program offers a 2-unit course, LIB 100 - Information Fluency in the Digital World . This course introduces students to the skills needed for computing and critical thinking, and for accessing, evaluating, and ethically using information.
Librarians collaborate with faculty to provide further information literacy instruction in targeted courses within the curriculum.
The library’s website, http://library.csum.edu, is the portal for discovering the resources available to the students. The library’s physical collection consists of approximately 50,000 items, and many popular, scholarly, and trade and industry journals, magazines, and newspapers. The library’s online information resources consist of over 50 research databases with access to thousands of full-text journal articles and eBooks.
In addition, librarians recommend resources via online class and subject research guides, and make course materials directly available for students through the campus’ online course-management software.
To develop a collection that is relevant to our users, the library welcomes acquisition requests from students, faculty, and staff.
Students, faculty, and staff may borrow books and media from a shared collection of over 10 million titles through the library’s participation in LINK+, a resource sharing service made up of many public and university libraries. LINK+ allows users to easily and independently discover and request materials not available at the Cal Maritime library. These materials are usually delivered in two to four business days.
Materials that are not available through LINK+, journal articles, and other materials may be requested through the OCLC interlibrary loan service.
Students and faculty have many options to get help with their research. Librarians and staff are available in-person on a drop-in or appointment basis, or by email or phone. Students may also get help through “QuestionPoint”, an online, nationally-staffed, 24-hour-chat research service. Finally, students can access many instructional and research guides via the library’s website.
Campus History Collection
The library preserves the heritage of the California State University Maritime Academy through documents, photographs, and artifacts in its Campus History Collection (CHC). This collection is available by appointment for research and display.
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