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Reinert Memorial Library
Located next to St. John's Church, the Reinert Alumni Library or RAL, is our college's primary resource for research and information. The Reinert Alumni Library boasts over 335,000 books, 103 article databases, over 500,000 database searches last year, and over 30,000 e-books in new Ebrary collection. Just some of the resources offered for faculty at the library include:
- Book Orders: Each academic department is allocated funds for the purchase of books, DVDs, and CDs. Department chairs receive budget information at the start of the academic year. The amount of funds differs from department to department. Order forms can be obtained by contacting your liaison librarian. All book orders require approval from the department chair or designated selector. Deadline for book requests is usually mid-March.
- Copyright Assistance: RAL's Access Services department provides assistance in obtaining copyright permission for faculty. Creighton is a member of the Copyright Clearance Center which helps faculty obtain copyright permission in support of teaching and research. Point of contact is Deb Sturges at x4756.
- Course Reserves: Faculty may place books, articles, videos and other materials on reserve in the Library for students to check out. Course reserves can also be posted to the web for 24/7, password-protected access through ERes, the Library's electronic reserves system. Please contact Gerry Chase at 280-2218 for assistance with course reserves.
- Current Awareness: RAL offers Ingenta Connect "In Touch" which allows individuals to receive automatic email notification of new research in their field. Faculty can select up to 50 journals and receive the tables of contents when new issues are released. Faculty may also set up keyword or author searches that are run periodically in the database and have the results e-mailed to them.
- Library Instruction: RAL librarians can provide your class with an orientation to the library either by assignment or discipline. If you are interested in this program contact your department's library liaison to schedule a session. Our library has also developed a online modular tutorial designed for incoming Freshman. LEO (Library Encounter Online) can be found at here.
- New Course Funding Request: The library has funds to support new course development. Funds must be spent during the fiscal year in which they are allocated. The dollar amount may vary depending on the relative cost of titles and the number of new courses supported during the fiscal year. Request funds for a new course here.
- New Journal Requests: RAL follows an annual journal review process. A list of the print journals in each field is sent to department chairs in April. Requests for new subscriptions are considered between April and June. POC is Sally Gibson at x2228.
- Publishing Opportunities: Two other great resources available through RAL are Cabell's Directory and Journal Citation reports. Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities provides submission guidelines, acceptance rates and more for journals in education and psychology. Journal Citation reports provide information on a journal’s impact in its field by analyzing citation data.
Each department is assigned a Library Liaison who are available to available to answer questions, assist with research, locate resources, and teach students how to find and evaluate information.
Classical and Near Eastern Studies, English, Fine and Performing Arts, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Theology
Communication Studies, History, Political Science / International Studies, Sociology and Anthropology
Education, Journalism and Mass Communication, Psychology, Social Work
Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences, Exercise Science, Mathematics, Physics