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Applications Being Accepted for Information Literacy Enhancement Program

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
February 28th, 2011

The initiative between the WVU Libraries and the Provost’s Office will again help up to five faculty members enhance their courses while earning a $3,000 stipend this summer.

The WVU Libraries’ Information Literacy Course Enhancement Program is focused on integrating information literacy into the classroom to enrich student learning. The program began as a response to the 2010 Plan and now addresses “engaging undergraduates in a challenging academic environment,” the first goal of WVU’s 2020 Strategic Plan.

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QR Codes Connect Students with Library Resources

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
February 9th, 2011

The WVU Libraries are using QR codes to help students easily connect with a variety of library resources.

“We’re trying to reach users,” said David Roth, Library Associate at the Evansdale Library. “They’re excited about mobile devices, so QR codes are a great way for them to access resources. Increasingly, information is mobile.”

QR codes look like a square version of the barcode. When scanned by a mobile device’s camera and decoder app, the digital link takes the user to a mobile website. The page can offer a coupon, a video, or information about a product.

Miriam Newman, a graphic design junior, uses her iPhone to reserve a study room at the Evansdale Library.

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Tax Forms Available at Downtown Campus Library and Online

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
January 20th, 2011

State and federal tax forms are available at the Downtown Campus Library. Ask for assistance at the Reference Desk. Forms and publications are also available online. For Federal resources: For West Virginia resources:

New! Full-Text Dissertations Available

Posted by Admin.
January 19th, 2011

The WVU Libraries now offer dissertations from Proquest Dissertations and Theses Fulltext  (PQDT), providing access from the Library web site at to over one million full-text dissertations, downloadable in PDF format. 

PQDT is an invaluable resource for graduate students and faculty, who until now had to borrow copies of dissertations through the Interlibrary Loan Service.   It includes dissertations from 700 academic institutions, with full-text available online for those added since 1997. 

More than 70,000 new dissertations and theses are added each year.  In addition to full-text, the database includes listings for dissertations from 1861 to the present day, with abstracts for those from 1980 to the present.

Renew Library Materials on Smartphone

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
January 12th, 2011

Imagine you’re relaxing with friends or eating dinner and remember that you have an overdue library book. No need to rush to a computer or the library. If you have a smartphone, renewing a book is just a few thumb clicks away.

The WVU Libraries’ Mobile Web now enables users to renew books via a Web-enabled phone.

“We surveyed students about what services they’d like us to add to the Mobile Web, and they overwhelmingly asked for the ability to renew books,” said Penny Pugh, Head of Reference for the Downtown Campus Library.

The WVU Libraries launched their Mobile Web site last summer. Available at, or through the link on the WVU Mobile Web page, the site provides access to the Libraries’ online catalog, MountainLynx, and mobile versions of EBSCOhost and RefWorks.

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