Spotlight: Utica College

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Utica College is an independent, comprehensive institution that enrolls 2,429 full- and part-time undergraduate students, and 523 full- and part-time graduate students. The College offers 32 undergraduate degrees, 13 master’s degrees and 2 doctoral degrees. Utica College is located in Utica, N.Y., 50 miles east of Syracuse and 90 miles west of Albany.

The Utica College Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library provides a physical and virtual focal point for learning, teaching, and research. Our collection includes nearly 200,000 volumes, 1,200 current serial subscriptions, and a microform collection of more than 60,000 units. The physical collection is supplemented by access to over 25,000 electronic journals and more than 90 research databases, allowing students and faculty to conduct scholarly research from any computer with an Internet connection, on or off campus. Fifteen reference computer workstations and sixteen laptops with wireless internet connectivity are available for student use, as well as networked print stations, photocopiers, flatbed scanners, and microform readers. Five group study rooms are available to UC students for collaborative academic purposes. The library launched an electronic reserve (e-reserve) service this fall semester, providing students with 24 hour access to journal articles that faculty place on course reserve. Five reference librarians offer personalized one-to-one reference service 65 hours per week and conduct nearly 100 library instruction classes each year. To provide round-the-clock reference services, we have entered into an agreement with the Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC) for 2008 to participate in the regional virtual reference services project Ask Us 24/7.

The Library’s Jocelyn Romano Candido Rare Book Room features the Harry F. Jackson Welsh Collection, which is the largest 19th and early 20th century Welsh-language literature in the United States. Most of the Welsh Collection was printed by Welsh settlers living within 30 miles of Utica. The Edmonds Room houses the personal library and papers of Walter D. Edmonds, noted author of Drums Along the Mohawk. The Edmonds Room is available for group study. Both of these collections attract national and international visiting scholars.

The Library is open 98 hours per week during the academic year when classes are in session. For more information about the Library’s print or online collections, as well as our services and hours, please visit us on the Web at (http://www.utica.edu/academic/library/).

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