The mission of the Gerald R. Sherratt Library is to ensure access to global information within a personalized learning environment by collecting, organizing, preserving, disseminating, and creating information for the University community. The role of the library is to actively stimulate the optimum use of information resources by developing information literacy skills that support the university curriculum, student and faculty research, and public service. Unique to our mission is the training of instructional media professionals. The library supports the core themes of the University: Academic Excellence, Involvement and Personal Growth and Community and Social Responsibilities.
As the academic center of the University, the Sherratt Library promotes scholarship and lifelong learning to its community by providing quality resources, responsive services, and effective information literacy education in a constantly evolving environment.
Essential Learning Outcomes
The Library’s LM 1010 - Information Literacy course is a required course in General Education . It supports several of the University’s Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs): Information Literacy, Digital Literacy, Ethical Reasoning and Integrative Learning. A complete list of the University’s Essential Learning Outcomes is available within About Southern Utah University .
Information Literacy Learning Outcomes
The Gerald R. Sherratt Library recognizes the need to provide an adaptable learning environment to best prepare students to participate fully and remain competitive in our ever-changing global information society. As such, the Sherratt Library aligns its goals with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The Library seeks to support our academic community in achieving the Framework’s information literacy goals. The framework delineates specific roles and responsibilities of students, teachers, and librarians, stating:
Students have a greater role and responsibility in creating new knowledge, in understanding the contours and the changing dynamics of the world of information, and in using information, data, and scholarship ethically. Teaching faculty have a greater responsibility in designing curricula and assignments that foster enhanced engagement with the core ideas about information and scholarship within their disciplines. Librarians have a greater responsibility in identifying core ideas within their own knowledge domain that can extend learning for students, in creating a new cohesive curriculum for information literacy, and in collaborating more extensively with faculty. (ACRL, 2015)
Departments, Programs, & Centers
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Library Bill of Rights
The American Library Association affirms the belief that “libraries are forums for information and ideas” via its Library Bill of Rights, a set of policies that support both libraries and library users in the free exchange of knowledge and ideas. Likewise, the Sherratt Library fully espouses and champions these essential principles. A complete text of the Library Bill of Rights is available at www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill.
- The main collection of approximately 300,000 items supports the curriculum of the University.
- Over 45,000 periodicals, most of them full-text, are available online.
- Print and online federal and state government documents.
- The media collection includes video tapes, DVDs, recordings, CDs, audio books, and models.
- The juvenile collection contains fiction and non-fiction titles supporting education programs.
- The curriculum collection contains textbooks used in K-12 schools.
- Special Collections contains materials that are rare, expensive, or in need of special handling.
- University Archives contain material documenting the history of SUU.
- Library research assistance is available at the Questions Desk Monday through Friday.
- Interlibrary Loan enables access through a network of more than 3,000 libraries to books and journal articles not available at SUU.
- The Copy & Post provides copy machines, printing and production services and supplies, and Postal services.
- Over 100 computers provide access to the online library collection and electronic databases.
- Wireless access is available throughout the library.
- Quiet study space is available throughout the library including the Huntsman Reading Room and study rooms which are mediated for collaborative work.
- T-Bird Texts: Many general education text books available for two-hour check out within the library.