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 taught in the library or in the regularly scheduled classroom. The library offers a variety of meeting rooms and learning spaces, including a media viewing room.
In addition, the librarians at Scribner Library have created interactive learning tutorials to teach basic information literacy and research skills using a format that is available to students at any time.
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/E-Reserves system.
To schedule a library-owned DVD or VHS film for a single class screening, please submit a request using the Course/E-Reserves system or the Single-Screening Video Reserve form.
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 from 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. If material is needed that is not readily found in any of the above-mentioned catalogs, 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, and photocopiers. Scanners and color printing are available downstairs in Media Services.
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.