Under direction of the Director of University Libraries, librarians and associates support operations on each campus and the St. John Academic Center. Library staff partners with the university’s academic programs by facilitating access to scholarly information resources and training for developing information literacy skills. The staff of the libraries shares responsibility for frontline interaction with UVI members through one-stop service desk operations for materials organization and lending, troubleshooting instructional technology, and related classroom technology support.
- Training: the library staff provides guidance and service on information resources to assist learners in the success of their course work. They facilitate access to materials and support for managing student information needs in face-to-face and distance learning courses. Librarians provide bibliographic instruction and information literacy instruction, and orientation for services offered by the ITS component, developing instructional materials and library guides for just-in-time support 24/7.
- Reference assistance: librarians provide one-on-one research support on-demand through the reference desk and by appointment. Members needing guidance in developing research strategies or training in the use of scholarly periodical databases may stop by during reference desk hours or contact a librarian directly for assistance.
- Resource development: the library collections are developed in collaboration with faculty through constant review of published resources. Librarians identify resource gaps based on research needs presented, and build collections by sharing publication reviews for faculty decisions, arranging resource trials, and inviting suggestions from UVI members.
- Subject Liaisons: Librarians are assigned by school, college or discipline for targeted outreach to support faculty for collection development and instruction. Liaisons provide a perfect opportunity for faculty collaboration to enhance collections and for integrating information literacy skills into the curriculum.
- Special Collections: developing holdings of Virgin Islands and Caribbean resources is a particular focus of UVI libraries to ensure access for area studies. The special collections of regional publications are supplemented with unpublished papers, photographs, and memorabilia. Restricted access ensures the maintenance and preservation of resources in the special collections.
- Learner Technology - environments: Library staff augments technicians to support students in the computer labs and to ensure video conference and smart classroom readiness for instruction and learning. This staff also supports CETL functions at the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, troubleshooting faculty and student Blackboard issues, and providing training to facilitate use for course delivery.
- Learner technology - resources: library collections include a variety of instructional technology tools including laptops, clickers, digital cameras, projectors, and other devices available for lending to support teaching and learning.
- Assessment: The component is committed to the standardized collection of data for decision-making. LibQUAL+® assessment has been introduced as the tool for measuring perceptions of library service quality. Feedback from UVI members provides data for continuing review and improvement of services and resources. The Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (SAILS) is the tool used to measure the level of student information literacy skills. Results are used to guide planning and continuing development of information literacy instruction.
- Copyright: This team promotes responsible and ethical use of information within the University, providing resources for copyright training and guidance for detecting plagiarism.