Jeanette Albiez Davis Library supports Rio Grande’s mission and vision by providing access to high-quality resources and services designed to help meet the information needs of both the campus and larger community.
Davis Library has holdings in excess of 480,000 items, including approximately 45,000 books, 400,000 units of microforms, and over 665 audio-visual materials. Davis Library also subscribes to over 100 current periodicals and maintains a collection of approximately 25,000 government documents in its role as a Selective Library for the United States Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP—www.fdlp.gov).
During the regular academic year, Davis Library is open seven days a week for a total of 73 hours. The Library posts both its regular and special hours on its Website, which can be found through the Rio Grande Website, www.rio.edu.
Through its home page on the World Wide Web, library.rio.edu, Davis Library gives students and members of academic community at the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College access to a growing local collection and up-to-date electronic information resources, along with online help to meet research and study needs. Responses to questions emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org are answered within 24-hours or less.
Key features of the Davis Library Website include 1) the Library’s local online public access catalog, RioCat, alpha.rio.edu, which provides indexing to its entire collection; and 2) a series of research guides known as LibGuides, libguides.rio.edu, which are designed by the Library’s Reference Staff to encourage further exploration of select topics by outlining resources relevant to their study.
Membership in OhioLINK, the Ohio Library and Information Network and Ohio’s Academic Library Consortium, www.ohiolink.edu, also offers Rio Grande students, faculty and staff remote access to book collections across the State, as well as, 24/7 access to a wealth of research databases and thousands of electronic journals and eBooks.
Through OhioLINK, Davis Library users can request and borrow books from other member libraries and receive them within a few days. They may also search hundreds of online resources to find full-text journal articles that may be printed, emailed, or saved directly to a workstation, mobile device, or flash drive. By presenting their valid Rio Grande Identification (ID) card, students, faculty and staff can visit other OhioLINK libraries throughout the State and utilize their resources in much the same way they do Davis Library.
OhioLINK’s mission is to create “a competitive advantage for Ohio’s higher education community by cooperatively and cost-effectively acquiring, providing access to, and preserving an expanding array of print and digital scholarly resources in order to advance teaching, learning, research, and the growth of Ohio’s knowledge-based economy.” Links to OhioLINK and its various resources are offered throughout the Davis Library Website.
As a charter member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), and OHIONET, a statewide network of OCLC participating libraries, Davis Library can provide Rio Grande students, faculty, and staff with access to virtually anything they may wish to use for their research through its traditional interlibrary loan (ILL) service using online request forms found at library.rio.edu. ILL gives Davis Library users access to collections from libraries all over the world. Davis Library’s physical space offers an inviting and user-friendly environment for both learning and social activities. The mix of traditional library resources and services with readily available computer and information technology helps promote 21st Century skill development. Librarians and other staff members are always available to answer questions and guide the research process. The building’s three levels provides a variety of places for collaboration and contemplation. In addition to quiet study spaces for individuals, Davis Library also provides group study rooms and other meeting spaces for both formal and informal learning needs.
The Friends of the Davis Library, library.rio.edu/friends, is a volunteer organization open to anyone with an interest in books or libraries. The group helps promote Davis Library within the community both on and off campus. Friends create awareness of the Library’s operations and needs. Through fundraising efforts and its Bookplate Donation Program, Friends encourages the growth of Davis Library’s collections, programs and services. By organizing and sponsoring a wide variety of activities and events that are beyond the scope of the Library’s budget, Friends also help enhance the Davis Library’s commitment to outreach and public service.
Finally, Davis Library also maintains a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/jadavislibrary, in conjunction with its home page as another way to engage Library users and promote the Library’s various programs, services, and resources.