Faculty and Staff
Michele Van Hoeck
Margot Hanson; Amber Janssen
Library Services Specialists:
Jennifer Haupt; Larry Stevens
Cal Maritime’s Library facilitates student success by offering instruction and collections that address Cal Maritime’s unique curriculum and develop savvy information users and life-long learners.
The Library provides a variety of spaces for quiet study, collaborative group work, research, reflection, and productivity. Its building, with views of the Carquinez Strait and San Pablo Bay, offers an inviting environment. It is equipped with many tools to facilitate research and study, including desktop and laptop computers, charging stations, wireless printing, cameras, mobile white boards, and calculators.
The Library’s instruction program plays a key role in helping students achieve one of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges’ five core competencies: information literacy. This program includes credit-based courses, curriculum-integrated instruction, online tutorials and research guides, and one-on-one consultations. Instruction librarians collaborate with other faculty to address specific information literacy learning outcomes throughout the curriculum of each major and department.
The library’s website, http://library.csum.edu, is the portal for discovering the resources available to the campus community. The library’s physical collection consists of approximately 50,000 books and media items, and is particularly strong in maritime topics. The library’s online subscriptions include over 50 research databases with access to millions of full-text articles and eBooks covering the general education and discipline-specific curriculum and research interests of students and faculty.
Librarians recommend and organize resources via course and subject research guides online, and make course materials directly available for students through the campus’ online course-management software.
To develop a collection 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 29 million titles via CSU+, a resource sharing service made up of the 23 California State University libraries. CSU+ allows users to easily and independently discover and request materials not available at Cal Maritime. These materials are usually delivered in two to four business days. For material not available within our CSU network, the library facilitates requests via the national WorldCat 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 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), in both print and digital form. This collection is available by appointment for research and display.