The Ward E. Barnes Library, located on the South Campus, serves the students and faculty of the Colleges of Education and Nursing, and the School of Optometry. Thomas Jefferson Library and the St. Louis Mercantile Library, located on the North Campus, hold collections and resources to serve the majority of the undergraduate curricula and graduate programs on the North Campus.
Barnes' on site collections consist of approximately 68,000 volumes including books and periodicals on education, nursing, and optometry and topics related to these primary subject areas. The collections in health sciences cover such topics as physiological assessment; professional clinical nursing skills and practice; leadership, management and research in nursing; computer use in health care. In addition, Barnes' collections include the subject areas of contact lenses; diagnosis and therapy of eye diseases; health professional practice management; and epidemiology. Specialty areas such as oncology nursing, pediatric and geriatric nursing and women's health are also covered. Specialized resources for education include reference research tools, elementary and secondary school textbooks, curriculum guides, children's literature, a collection of standardized and unpublished tests, and the entire ERIC document collection on microfiche. Items in the Barnes Library are identified in the Library Catalog by the location symbols "UMS BARNES". The Barnes Library also participates in MOBIUS, which is a consortium of approximately 68 institutions of higher education in Missouri that share library resources. The total combined book and periodical holdings to which faculty, staff, and students have access through MOBIUS is over 18 million volumes. Materials not available on the UMSL campus may be requested from MOBIUS through inter-library loan.
The Barnes Library offers patrons network access to a wide array of information resources, including those most pertinent to nursing science, vision science, and education.
- CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature), provides information about articles in nursing journals; publications of the American Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing. It also includes primary journals for seventeen allied health specialties, including emergency services, nutrition and dietetics, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and social services in health care. CINAHL also includes nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, and standards of practice for nursing specialties.
- MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine's primary index to the biomedical literature, covering over 3000 journal titles of interest to health scientists around the world, is also available by network access. The AARP Ageline, Bioethics, CancerLit, and other health-related databases are available on the Libraries' network.
- Psych Info (Psychological Abstracts), Dissertation Abstracts, Periodical Abstracts, Newspaper Abstracts, Expanded Academic Index, Current Contents and other electronic databases of interest to the patrons of the Barnes Library are available within the Libraries and by remote access. Other specialized databases are available within the Barnes Library. These include the Exceptional Child Educational Resources (ECER), Kraus Curriculum Development Library, and Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI) databases.
- The ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, United States Department of Education) database is the largest single resource on education Its electronic access (1966 to the present) covers two ERIC publications, which index and abstract a broad collection of materials related to all aspects of education. The Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE) gives subject access to articles in approximately 800 education periodicals. Resources in Education (RIE) provide subject access to 400,000 titles of unpublished papers, research reports, conference proceedings, etc. in the ERIC document collection on microfiche.
Access to materials that the UMSL Libraries do not own is available through lnterLibrary Loan, InfoPass, or borrowing privileges within the MERLIN (UM campuses' and Saint Louis University libraries) or MOBIUS (UM campuses, Saint Louis University and Washington University Hilltop campus libraries) consortia agreements.
Audiovisual equipment is available to view specific assignments in the library. Other students and faculty may also use it as the need occurs.
Reference services are available all hours the library is open. If you need help, just ask at the reference desk or call 516-5576. The reference librarians also offer bibliographic instruction for faculty and their classes. The University Libraries' open hours and other services are indicated on the Libraries' web pages. Information regarding special resources, services and collections of the Barnes Library may be found at that address as well. Be sure to have your UM-St. Louis ID when you wish to use reserve materials or check out books.
The Ward E. Banes Library maintains Reserve Collections for items placed there by current faculty members for use by students currently enrolled in their classes. Due to copyright regulations, materials cannot be placed on Reserve for an indefinite length of time. The Ward E. Barnes Library allows a time period of one year (three semesters) for all items to be placed on Reserve. If faculty members have any questions, they may contact the Ward E. Barnes Library Reserves Supervisor for assistance (Annette Prince at 516-5572)
- The faculty member is responsible for providing copies of materials for Reserve.
- The Ward E. Barnes Library does not provide copying services for articles from our collection or those brought in by faculty members.
- The faculty member must bring items from the Ward E. Barnes Library collection to the desk.
- The Ward E. Barnes Library does not provide envelopes or binders for material. We do provide manila folders for labeling and cataloging purposes.
- The faculty member must fill out a Reserve Item Request card for each item they are placing on Reserve. They do not have to fill out cards for every copy if they are placing multiple copies on Reserve (we suggest 1 copy per 30-35 students).
- The Reserve Item Request cards must include the date, course number, faculty name(s), and preferably contact information (phone numbers and email address).
- The Reserve Item Request cards must include the author and title of the material as specified by the faculty member.
- The items must be within copyright law compliance.
- Materials from students must follow copyright laws. This includes verbal or written permission from the students, even for papers submitted for class.
- The Reserve Item Request cards must include the semester for which it is on Reserve and the time period for which it may be loaned (i.e. 2 hours, 1 Day, 3 Days, 1 Week).
- The faculty member should ask for assistance in filling out the cards if they are unfamiliar or unsure of the procedure. They may ask the Reference Librarian on duty or specifically ask for the Reserve Supervisor
- The faculty should never leave the material without handing it directly to a Ward E Barnes Librarian or Staff member
- The Ward E. Barnes Library reserves the right to deny a request to place an item on Reserve or take an item off Reserve for the following reasons:
- The faculty member has not followed procedures.
- The faculty member has infringed copyrights
- The faculty member has not removed their Reserve materials in a timely fashion after the expiration date.
- The Ward E. Barnes Library works very hard to place material on Reserve in a timely fashion. We request that faculty understand it takes a certain amount of time to create records and cataloging so that the items are findable.
- Reserve material should normally be available for checkout 24 hours after being requested by the faculty member.
- Cataloging to facilitate accurate records and checkout may require Ward E. Barnes Library staff to place temporary barcodes and catalog numbers on the faculty's personal items. This usually entails indelible red ink on the front pages of articles and temporary barcodes on personal books (these should leave no residue except some initial stickiness).
When faculty members must remove items from Reserve, they must be aware that, as with cataloging an item, removing an item from our records may take some time. The Ward E. Barnes Library attempts to do this while a faculty member is present, but we ask for the faculty's patience if we must ask them to return for the material at a later time.
Orientations for Students
A presentation by a Barnes librarian, which includes hands on instruction and practice, and highlights basic search strategies for using library resources, including the Library Catalog and the CINAHL database to locate books and articles. The librarian also provides an overview of library services and policies. If available, sessions are held in Rooms 200A or 102 South Campus, which are equipped with computers for hands on practice by students. Request forms may be found here. Orientations also may be scheduled for College of Nursing students at outreach sites.
An Introduction to Research
These sessions highlight reference materials and electronic resources that are especially useful for research in a particular area. These sessions can also be tailored to teach students how to conduct research for a specific assignment. Request forms are found here.
The Barnes Library schedules "Mini-Sessions" each semester featuring the CINAHL, ERIC, MEDLINE, and PsycINFO databases. The date, time, and room location are posted on the web page.
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The Ward E. Barnes Library permits UM-St. Louis faculty to make copies of materials for their research use. With prior departmental approval, these copying charges may be billed to their home department. The faculty must be a current and recognized member of their department. If a faculty member wishes to establish a proxy for copying privileges, a letter must be on file at the Ward E Barnes library (see below for outline) The proxy letter must be updated every semester Below is the procedure for faculty and proxies.
- The faculty must ask at the Reference Desk for the Auditron Counter. They should be prepared to show their University ID.
- There is only one machine in the library that accepts the Auditron. If this machine is busy, the faculty member may be asked to wait.
- Only the staff of the Ward E. Barnes library can validate the use of the Auditron. If one is not immediately available, the student assistant on hand may ask the faculty member to wait.
- The faculty member will be asked to sign in on the appropriate ledger. This allows the library to maintain accurate billing records for the departments.
- Once the faculty member has completed their copying, the Auditron must be returned to the Reference Desk.
- If a proxy (i.e. Graduate student) is making copies, they must follow the above guidelines.
- A letter from the Faculty member must be registered in the appropriate departmental folder. The letter must include:
- The name and University ID of the Faculty member granting privileges.
- The full name and University ID of the student receiving privileges.
- The semester for which proxy approval is valid.
- The letter must be signed and dated on Departmental letterhead.
- The proxy must sign both the faculty member's name and their own at the time copies are made.
- The Ward E. Barnes Library retains the right to deny or revoke copying privileges for misuse of copyright or departmental reasons.