The Scribner Library offers tailored instruction sessions for classes at all levels. Instruction typically covers techniques for finding relevant print and electronic resources, evaluating and selecting sources, requesting items, RefWorks, and proper citation methods. Subject librarians can also develop custom-made course guidesfor courses or assignments which are designed to aid students working on research projects by suggesting relevant resources and tips for getting started.
Instruction sessions can be scheduled in the library or in the regularly scheduled classroom. The library also offers a variety of meeting rooms and learning spaces, including a media viewing room.
Faculty may place both print and electronic resources on reserve for students in their classes. Items from the Library's collection, as well as personal items, such as books, journal articles, and films may be designated for reserve. We are happy to scan items, within the limits of copyright law, for faculty. Reserve requests are placed and made available to students using our online Course Reserves system. For questions about reserves, please contact
Embed a link to library resources (course re-serves, research databases, subject librarian, etc.) directly on your Blackboard course page. We provide detailed instructions on how to quickly and conveniently include these library resources for your students. Within Blackboard and other websites, you can link directly to out databases to provide easy access to our resources for your students. Simply copy and paste database URLs from our A-Z Databases list; these links are designed to work both on-campus and off.
The Scribner Library has over 350,000 print volumes, 70,000 full text journals, and over 250 databases, all of which have been carefully selected to support the teaching and research needs of the Skidmore community. In addition to the traditional print and audiovisual material, thousands of ebooks and several unique digital collections are available.
We make every effort to borrow needed materials not owned by the Scribner Library from other institutions. We are a member of ConnectNY, a consortium of 18 New York State libraries that lend and borrow a collected total of over five million books through a shared catalog. Skidmore also offers access to WorldCat, for finding those materials not available in either our Library Catalog or ConnectNY. Furthermore, we are a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), whose approximately five million newspapers, journals, dissertations, archives, US and foreign government publications, and other traditional and digital resources, are available to the Skidmore community. If material is needed that is not readily found in any catalog, our Interlibrary Loan staff is ready to assist on more complicated requests.
Skidmore makes RefWorks, an online citation management tool, available to students and faculty. RefWorks helps collect, store, and manage bibliographic information in order to more easily prepare appropriately formatted bibliographies and in-text citations or footnotes.
A variety of hardware and software is available to the campus community in the Library, including both Mac and Windows computers, a microfilm/microform reader, photocopiers, scanners, and a color printer.
Open access provides barrier-free access to information. Researchers from anywhere in the world can read scholarly output that has been made available in an open-access journal. In other words, OA is information that is free, unrestricted, and online.