Resources for Learning
The two-story John Brown University Library—also known as the Arutunoff Learning Resource Center—is the central location for library resources supporting the research needs of the JBU community. The library is an important part of the academic program at JBU and functions as a partner in the teaching/learning process. The main collection consists of over 180,000 items, including books, e-books, microforms, and DVDs. In addition, the library subscribes to more than 15,000 periodical titles that appear in online, paper, or microform formats. The library also subscribes to 60 electronic databases (periodicals, reference books, indexes, and abstracts).
The professional library staff provides research and reference services to both individuals and groups, and efficient interlibrary loan services to the JBU community. Reference questions and interlibrary loan requests can be made using online forms found at the web site, instant messaging, texting, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The library facility includes large and small study rooms, an instruction classroom, quiet and comfortable spaces for reading, a group research area, and a computer lab for student use.
In addition to resources in the main library, a number of materials are housed in four library branches. The Music Library, on the lower level of the Cathedral, contains music sound recordings, scores, and appropriate listening equipment. The Career Development Center Library, on the first floor of the Walker Student Center, houses materials related to vocational counseling and graduate school opportunities. The Construction Management Library, in the Balzer Technology Center, houses books and periodicals related to that discipline. The Soderquist Center's Library is located in the Soderquist Business Center and contains materials relevant to business and ethics.
The Film Library is housed in the library and contains films that have been selected based on their recommendation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute, or Spiritually Significant Films.
The gateway to the JBU Library is its web site, www.jbu.edu/library, where information about all library collections and services may be obtained. The library web site features an online catalog that can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. Students can connect to electronic databases through the campus network and via remote access.
The JBU library belongs to several networks and consortia. To provide efficient interlibrary loan services, the library is a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), which gives users borrowing privileges to over 250 million items held in over 72,000 member libraries worldwide. The library also belongs to ARKLink, a consortium of 47 academic libraries in Arkansas that provides free reciprocal borrowing for students at participating libraries.
Special collections in the library include the published materials of the school's founder, John E. Brown, Sr., materials of radio evangelist J. Vernon McGee, the Romig juvenile literature collection, and the Gary and Carrie Oliver Marriage and Family Resource Room. In addition, the JBU Archives houses an extensive collection of artifacts related to the history of the university.
John Brown University has many technology resources available for students. All campus buildings and remote sites are interconnected with a network and internet infrastructure that allows for authorized access from classrooms, laboratories, offices, residence halls, and remote locations. Wireless networking also extends accessibility in most residential and study areas throughout the university.
On the Siloam Springs campus, there are computer labs in each academic building for student use. Additionally, the Walker Student Center and the Library have general purpose computer labs and are available days and evenings throughout the week. Both black and white and color printing is available for a small fee.
Graduate students have access to additional computing resources at the Fort Smith Center, Little Rock Center, and Rogers Center. Computers with Internet access and laser printing are available for student use in common study areas. Wireless Internet access is also available.
There is a Media Lab, located in LRC 155 next to the Library, open to students and faculty to work on academic and co-curricular projects. Digital cameras, voice recorders, video cameras, and other audio/visual technology may be checked out by students for no cost. Supplies such as poster board, resume paper, and blank DVDs for projects and classes are available for sale. Special printing services, laminating, binding, and media transfers are also offered.
Students who bring a computer to any of the campuses may connect to the campus network using their provided username and password. Once connected, students can access the Internet, EagleNet, the Library, JBU email, and personal network storage.
Students may contact the Academic Assistance Coordinator for assistance in further developing their academic skills. This includes such areas as study skills, note-taking skills, time management, test-taking skills, and other skills that help students succeed academically. Computer programs that help improve reading, writing, and math are available at minimal cost. Study skills videos are available. The Coordinator will help a student engage an individual tutor, but payment is the responsibility of the student.
The Office of Academic Assistance also administers the CLEP, DANTES, and MAT and proctors tests for correspondence courses. For general information, fees, or to schedule an appointment, call (479) 524-7471.
It is the goal of John Brown University that all enrolled students be given equal opportunity to succeed in their quest for a higher education that is based upon our "Christ Over All" philosophy and that integrates the educational principles of "Head, Heart, and Hand." In accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008, John Brown University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students who are disabled. Students having documented disabilities are encouraged to contact the Director of Student Support Services at (479) 524-7400 or 524-7471, or to stop by the Office of Disability Services located in the Learning Resource Center, Room 147, on the Siloam Springs campus.