TAMIU Killam Library Adds Resources for Students, Patrons
Posted: 10/17/13

TAMIU’s Killam Library
Adds Resources for Students, Patrons

Students who spent their time leading up to midterms in the Texas A&M International University Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library may have noticed there are additional study resources available to them as well as a bit of a makeover for the furniture in the Great Room.

“The Killam Library is in permanent transformation, always seeking to provide innovative services and academic content to satisfy the changing information and research needs of TAMIU students and faculty,” said Rogelio Hinojosa, acquisitions librarian.

One of those services now includes the use of an off-campus library.

TAMIU College of Nursing and Health Science students will benefit from a new interagency cooperation contract with the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) in San Antonio. The agreement allows the Killam Library to staff the Laredo Regional Campus Library located at 1937 Bustamante Street and gives TAMIU students and the Laredo community full access to the electronic resources licensed by the UTHSC Libraries at San Antonio. It also includes use of print books and journals for use in the Library.

Laredo Regional Campus Library hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. – noon. It is closed Saturday and Sunday.

“The Library also added approximately 5,835 Springer eBooks published in 2013 to its already substantial collection of electronic books. The additional books means students have access to more than 200,000 eBooks in all disciplines. Most are downloadable to portable devices. Titles are discoverable through the Killam Library Catalog and WorldCat Local,” said Hinojosa.

Additional eAudiobooks and eBooks are being added through Baker and Taylor’s Axis360 Digital Media Library, which includes a unique system for circulation of digital books and audiobooks. Popular titles, fiction, non-fiction and children’s and teen titles are available at http://tamiulib.axis360.baker-taylor.com/

The Library’s Web-based research guides expanded the areas covered by an additional 16 new subjects. Anyone doing research on a variety of subjects can find a considerable amount of information including links to books, periodicals, videos, professional organizations, journals, “hot topics,” research tips, and other reference materials.

Subjects available are: communication, criminal justice, dance, disability and special education; education; GIS—geographic information systems and maps; government documents; Hispanic studies; international sources; language and literature; military science; music; political science and administration; sociology, geography, anthropology, women and gender studies; psychology; and theater.

The guides are available at tamiu.libguides.com/

“Electronic resources for teaching and research were also added this Fall,” said Hinojosa.

Subjects include, but are not limited to: African American archives; American Revolution archives; Civil War primary resource documents; International Directory of Company Histories; Native American archives; Naxos Sheet Music Library; Naxos Spoken Word Library; Periodicals Archive Online; Science magazine online; the Latino-Hispanic American Experience: Leaders, Writers, and Thinkers; World War II archives, The London Times Digital Archive and more.

Graduate and doctoral students will have access to the Electronic Thesis and Dissertations Submittal System (ETD), a component of the Texas Digital Library. The collaboration with the Office of Graduate Studies allows students writing master’s thesis or doctoral dissertations to submit their manuscripts for review online. The TAMIU ETD system is located at tamiu-etd.tdl.org/

TAMIU faculty members and administrators also have resources available to set up and manage peer-reviewed electronic scholarly journals through Open Journal System, available through the Texas Digital Library. The same System can also be used to migrate an existing journal to digital format, as has already been done with the TAMIU Journal of Border Educational Research at journals.tdl.org/jber/index.php/jber

Library patrons will also notice that half of the furniture in the Great Room has been reupholstered. The remaining will be done during the Fall.

“Great Room visitors will now have a more comfortable area for studying and working in groups,” said Hinojosa.

TAMIU provides educator courtesy cards to Laredo Independent School District and United I.S.D. teachers, nurses, counselors and administrators that entitle them to circulation privileges free of charge.

TexShare cardholders can also use their cards at the Killam Library and use the Library services reserved for TAMIU students, faculty, staff and educator courtesy card holders.

The Laredo Public Library is a member of TexShare, a statewide consortium of academic and public libraries. Contact your local library for more information on how to obtain a TexShare card.

Visitors who do not qualify for free services may purchase a community library member card. They must be 18 years or older, demonstrate local residency, fill out an application form and pay $25 for a membership card good for one year. Community library member cardholders are entitled to circulation privileges and Wi-Fi access at Starbucks, located in the Killam Library.

Other visitors have access to library books and other materials in open collections and access to computers on the first floor of the Killam Library. Visitors may also receive assistance in locating collections and services and reference support, including basic instruction for the online catalog.

The Killam Library also has traditional services available in addition to the regular collections. The Library owns collections of U.S. Federal documents, Texas state documents and a special collection of materials featuring local and regional history.

For more information, visit the Killam Library at 5201 University Boulevard or online at library.tamiu.edu 

Library hours are Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon – midnight.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at prmis@tamiu.edu