Learning Resources Center (LRC)
The LRC, while providing the traditional library functions, also provides digital services and professional expertise available to faculty, students, and community residents. During the fall 2010 semester, the LRC had a total of 1,743 active patrons: 1,571 Sauk students and staff, 87 local high school students, and 40 community members.
- Services: The Library provides access to a wide array of resources:
- a collection of 76,276 print volumes; 4,369 audio-visual materials; 200 print periodicals; 12 newspapers; 1,972 ebooks; and 22 databases, including, for example, Access Science, American National Biography, EBSCO (consists of 14 different databases), Literature Resource Center, and WorldCat.
- the online I-Share catalogue, in which students and faculty can search and obtain the resources of 76 Illinois libraries belonging to the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).
- 5 media viewing rooms, 19 computers, specialized academic software, and two printers.
- reference services available by email and by phone, including a new “Text a Librarian” option, which expands access to the library staff for students off-campus.
- Access: The LRC's regular hours ensure its availability when students are on campus. Online services, such as the research databases and interlibrary loan requests, are available at all times.
- Course support: The library staff conducts library tours for classes upon request by faculty, averaging 25 tours a year from FY07 to FY10 and serving an average of 505 students. These tours include a demonstration of searching the digital card catalog for the physical items in the library; requesting interlibrary loans; and an introduction to the online databases and how to use them. The LRC staff has worked with Counseling to add the tours to all sections of Orientation (PSY 100 ) beginning in FY11, giving 43 tours to a total of 744 students as a result.
- Staffing: The LRC is currently staffed by a Coordinator of Reference Services, a Coordinator of LRC Technical Services, one full-time and one part-time assistant, and three part-time workstudy students. Both coordinators have master's degrees in library and information science as well as previous library experience. A retired Sauk librarian serves as an unofficial part-time interim Director of the LRC. An active search for a director during summer of 2009 was unsuccessful in finding a full-time director. At the time of the self-study, the position is not posted.