A New Chapter: The New School Libraries Expand Digital Offerings


As e-book readers continue their march forward into the literate ranks, The New School is expanding digital resources to meet student needs. Over the summer, New School libraries added a considerable amount of new content to enhance existing collections in many disciplines. Included in the digital material newly available are more than 90,000 e-books; complete backlists of 300 journals; and 148 new databases in subjects such as art and design, fashion, performing arts, history, literature, and the social sciences. And New School students, faculty, and staff now have access to full-text dissertations provided online by UMI Dissertation Publishing.

The library’s improved website now offers online tutorials and tools for finding special collections, images, subject guides, and maps. Bobcat now indexes most e-journals, e-books, and e-scores. The electronic resources area of the library website has also been revised for easier navigation.

The New School is dedicated to providing the best resources for students to help them excel,, said Ed Scarcelle, university librarian. We also want to equip them with tools to better their overall college experience. One example can be found in our virtual reference service, Ask-a-Librarian, which is designed to better prepare students to find help off-campus.

Also available this semester, all library branches will have new photocopiers and scanners. Students will be able to use their Pharos print credits with these new machines. At Gimbel Art and Design Library, there will be improved spaces, including a renovated quiet reading area and a new special collections reading room.

For more details about changes at New School libraries, check out what’s new at The New School by visiting http://library.newschool.edu/.