The library is a partner with the Carolina Christian College which has many available periodicals, newspapers, and other reference online databases through this program. The library includes multiple separate databases with full-text access to thousands of periodicals and other references, many of them with many years of retrospective files. The WMCGW students and faculties can access the Carolina Christian College’s library (https://carolina.edu /payne-library-test/about/) database for the research and study in each program.
AUBREY L. PAYNE LIBRARY
WMCGW has entered into an agreement with Carolina Christian College that allows all students and faculty to access online materials from the Aubrey L. Payne Library. This agreement provides students with access to online library systems and resources available in religious material databases. Several of these resources offer remote access passwords that allow access from off-campus computers. See the librarian for this information and help with using these resources.
There are computer workstations available for use in the adjacent computer lab for students to access online databases. ATLA Religious Database (https://www.atla.com/research-tool/atla-religion-database/) online offers thousands of statistical datasets to facilitate research, reference, and analysis. The DBpia (https://www. asiaportal.info/journal/dbpia/) provides a formal database structure of KOREAN and other Asian resources for the students who are more familiar with their own language. Christian Periodical Index (https://www.acl.org/christian-periodical-index-cpi/) is a collection of many databases that provide access to thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers, dissertations, and other publications by the keywords of Christianity. Our online subscription services are provided to students with login credentials.
The Librarian helps form queries while on duty so that learners derive the maximum impact possible from these resources. The librarian compiles study guides that relate to different offerings in the curriculum.
The library staff is responsible for giving organized instruction in the use of the library, its resources, and services to the faculty, staff, and students. The librarian will arrange to present orientation classes to all incoming students. Additional training will be presented on an as-needed basis through regular classes, particularly English, Writing, Humanities, Speech, History, and Government. Topics can range from simple tours and basic “How to use the catalog” to access online databases and explanations on how to research topics via the internet. Faculty members are encouraged to meet with the librarian early in the term to schedule library instruction and prepare for class assignments and other research assignments. The librarian staff will do all within reason to assist with those requests.
REFERENCE ASSISTANCE TO PATRONS
Reference assistance is individualized help in finding a specific piece of information or locating specific items or materials on a particular topic. The reference librarian is ready to provide such assistance to all library patrons. The library staff will provide assistance with the use of computer databases, the electronic catalog, searching the internet, and using computer word processing and presentation programs to prepare class assignments and other personal informational needs.
COORDINATION OF LIBRARY AND FACULTY GOALS
The library staff will work to establish ongoing relationships with faculty members with the goal of enhancing better communications to improve resources and services. Efforts will be made to facilitate library/faculty collaboration in collection development activities, increasing library awareness of faculty needs for teaching and research, developing innovative means of improving services to the college community, and building student use and appreciation for the role of a library in everyday informational needs.