Library News Blog

ProQuest Maintenance

ProQuest will undergo platform maintenance on Saturday, July 29th from 3pm to 11:59pm EDT.  During this time, the library’s ProQuest databases will be unavailable.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you have any questions, please contact the library.

Welcome Students!

Welcome to a new term at Union Institute & University! As you enter your online courses, remember that the library is here to support your academic adventures throughout the term.

We wish you the best this term!

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Get Help from a Librarian

The UI&U Library contains millions of scholarly resources, and we know it can sometimes seem challenging to navigate through them. Road sign saying, "we welcome questions. Your librarians are happy to help. Ask us anything, this is a no judgement zone."Luckily, library staff members are here to assist you by email, phone, text, or chat.  We welcome questions, so please let us know if you are struggling with anything.  This is a no judgement zone.

Chat: Ask a Librarian
Call: 800-871-8165 x8747
Text: 802-294-2848

After Hours Appointments

If you need assistance outside of regular hours, please schedule an appointment in advance and we would be happy to meet with you.  We will work around your busy schedule.

Happy Fourth of July

The library will be closed next Monday and Tuesday (July 3rd and 4th) to celebrate the Fourth of July.  Interlibrary loan requests can still be submitted and they will be processed after July 4th.

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You Deserve a Librarian

The UI&U Librarians are committed to helping you succeed.  We know that juggling life as a student is a challenge, and we want to make the library work for you.  You deserve a librarian.

During regular library hours, you can contact a librarian by phone, email, text, or chat.  No appointment is needed.  Regular hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm Eastern (6 am – 2 pm Pacific) and Wednesday evening from 8 pm – 10 pm Eastern (5 pm – 7 pm Pacific).

For assistance outside of regular hours, please schedule an appointment.  We’ve made this easy to do by adding a scheduling form to the Ask a Librarian page.

We hope to hear from you soon!

UI&U Celebrates National Library Week!

National Library Week graphicDear Union Community:

Union Institute & University together with the American Library Association (ALA) is celebrating National Library Week, April 9-15, 2017. This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform.”

This week of celebration offers a great time to remind you of the services available to you to transform your educational journey.

Check Out These Resources!

  1. OneSearchA new comprehensive search engine that allows students to search multiple databases simultaneously is available. OneSearch will yield results that include e-books, scholarly articles, doctoral dissertations, videos, and more, saving hours of preparation.
  2. Multimedia and Videos – A variety of video and media databases, ranging from educational videos to copyright free images for presentations, are available that will make your assignments easier and more professional.
  3. Welcome to the UI&U Library Video – A brief, five minute video introduces the UI&U Library, the library website, OneSearch, formatted citations, tutorials, and librarian assistance so that you can use the library efficiently and expertly.
  4. Help Center – The Help Center offers a list of tutorials, guides, and tips to transform your educational journey. Click here and find out.
  5. Personal service – Personal service is the hallmark of the library. Librarian assistance is available by email, phone, chat, text, and video conference.
  6. Work from the convenience of home – The library offers students flexibility and convenience that is only a click away. You don’t have to find a parking space, or physically search for books.
  7. APA and MLA citations– Articles and ebooks in the library come with formatted APA and MLA citation styles. Databases have citation tools that will automatically format citations for your bibliography.
  8. Stay current – Librarians can help you identify the top journals in your field. With database journal alerts, new journal issues will be delivered directly to your inbox.  Get started today.
  9. Interlibrary loan – An interlibrary loan is just a request away. Place an interlibrary loan request and we will get it from another library for free!
  10. Career & job search – The library has hundreds of resources that offer the knowledge and tools to help you on your career & job search. Click here to view the many materials available to you.

Matthew Pappathan
Director of Library Services

Learn About the Library in 5 Minutes

Welcome to the UI&U Library!  This brief, five minute video introduces the UI&U Library, the library website, OneSearch, formatted citations, tutorials, and librarian assistance.

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Send us your Suggestions

Do you have feedback  for the UI&U Librarians?  If so, we want to hear from you!  Look in the website footer or OneSearch for a new Suggestion Box where you can send your thoughts.

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Veterans Day

Today we honor the Americans who have served in the United States Armed Forces.  Every day we benefit from their service, so today, let us appreciate their sacrifice.  Here are a few of their stories archived at StoryCorps:

Listen to additional veteran stories (select Veterans Stories under the collections tab) or explore the UI&U Library’s veteran resources: Videos (search for veterans) * Ebooks * Career & Job Hunt Ebooks

Union Institute & University will be celebrating our Veterans throughout the week by providing lunch at the Joseph House for Homeless Veterans and bringing cookies to Veteran partner organizations throughout the week. Stay informed on the Veterans Week Celebrations, via our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Our Library is for Our Staff, Too!

It is common knowledge that university libraries provide resources to support student learning and faculty research, but did you know that our library includes resources for university staff members, too?  As a UI&U staff person, you have access to many online periodicals and magazines that can help you to develop professionally while an employee here.  These so-called “trade journals” include articles that professionals in a wide variety of fields can read to stay current with best practices directly related to their work expertise.  Here are just a few examples of these, all accessible 24 hours a day, every day, via our library website:

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  • Computers & Education
  • Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
  • Disability Compliance for Higher Education
  • Diverse:  Issues in Higher Education
  • Writing Center Journal
  • Journal of Higher Education Outreach & Engagement
  • Enrollment Management Report
  • Journal of College Admission
  • Successful Registrar
  • VFW, Veterans of Foreign Wars Magazine
  • Journal of Student Financial Aid
  • HR Magazine
  • University Business
  • American Libraries

Whether you are a staff member interested in reading more about the latest news and trends in your chosen field of work or a staff supervisor seeking to find convenient and budget-friendly ways to encourage those who work in your department to engage in professional development, our librarians are ready to help you find key professional journals (and e-books, too!) that can keep you at the forefront of your job knowledge.   We can also help you to set up an RSS feed that will enable you to have selected articles of interest sent right to your email or mobile device automatically each time they are published.

Interested?  Please contact a member of our library reference team at or by phone at extension 8747 (from off campus, 800-861-6400, ext. 8747) so we can help you get started.

Matt Pappathan
UI&U Library Director