Clark Library* Tape Tour A-Z

(Note: This is a transcript of the self-guided Clark Library tape tour. The taped tour is available for checkout at the Clark Library Circulation desk on the first floor.)

Welcome to San Jose State University Clark Library. The tour will give you a basic orientation to the Library and what it has to offer you. The tour will last about 10-15 minutes. You can pace yourself by turning the tape player on and off at your leisure. We hope that you will find that the Library is a useful resource to you during your course of study at the University. Begin the tour by standing near the Information Desk and face towards the entrance of the library. On your left under the stairs you will find a change machine, copy machine, a copy card generator and a vending machine that dispenses diskettes and pencils. Several copiers are along the wall of the first floor, and many more on the third floor. There is also a copier available on the 2nd, 4th and 5th floors as well. Payphones are located just next to the stairs also. Restrooms are located on your left, all the way down at the end of the room. Restrooms are located on each floor in this same area. The elevators are also to your left, and a stairwell that reaches all floors is located just past the elevators. Now, turn around and face the interior of the building. You should see the Information Desk next to you. The assistant sitting there will be able to direct you to library or campus locations, and answer general questions about the library and University. They can also provide general assistance with the library’s online catalog and databases. The library on line catalog is one database you will find on the 40 computer stations to your left. Here is where your library research will begin. The Catalog contains information about the entire library collection, from books to periodicals, maps, videos, sound recordings and so on. It also includes films and videotapes that are housed in the Instructional Resource Center. Don’t let the on line catalog frighten you. It is fairly simple to use, and is a key to making your research in the library more productive. You might want to take a few moments after the tour to sit down and familiarize yourself with the catalog. The student sitting at the Information Desk will be happy to give you a brief introduction, and the Reference Librarians will gladly help with more detailed research. There are more on line catalog stations to the right of the Information Desk, and on each floor of the library.
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You can print some of the information you find in our on line catalog, and often times you can print entire magazine and newspaper articles you find through the databases. All of the computers on the first floor print to the Print Station, located near the center of the floor. There is a sign hanging from the ceiling above the stations. Now look over towards the center of the room. The large desk in the middle is the Reference Desk. Here the librarians can help you with your research and answer more detailed questions. Walk over to the desk and you will see a number of handouts. These handouts also provide information about the library that you will find very useful. Especially helpful are the bright yellow “New Student Guide,” the “How To Find It” brochures, the Library map, the “Guide,” the “SJSU Location Chart,” and the blue “SJSU Library Special Collections and Storage” flyer. You may want to take a copy of the “Dial A Book” guide, which gives information about accessing the library catalog and other resources from outside the library. Please help your selves to copies of these. If you look along the back wall of the library and to your left you will see Room 108, the High Tech Center of the Disabled. SJSU students with disabilities can receive training in the use of adaptive equipment for completing assignments and accessing library print and electronic resources. The room is available for registered users when ever the library is open, unless the center has been reserved for training sessions or test taking. Contact the SJS Disability Resource Center for information about registering to use these services. Now, walk back near the Circulation/Reserves Desk, where you borrowed this tape tour. If you wish to borrow library materials, this is the place you will go to check them out. The staff here can also assist you with questions about your library account, assist in locating books you cannot find in the library, and will also hold books for you from other libraries. At the end of their counter is a tray where you can pick up their highly informative green sheet, which explains loan periods, renewal policies and so on. Many of the services they provide can also be done through the on line catalog. This is also the desk where you will go to obtain material placed on Reserve by your professors. Across from the Circulation desk are two terminals dedicated to assist students in locating reserve material. Most reserve items are checked out for a limited amount of time, sometimes for only a few hours.

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So now lets go to the second floor. You can take the elevator or the stairs. Whatever choice you make, find your way to the top of the main staircase on the second floor, and stand facing the room. Go ahead and shut the tape player off, and turn it on when you get upstairs. The second floor contains a wide variety of material that can be checked out, including CD’s, music scores, audio tapes, juvenile books, educational materials for teaching, government publications, and so on. Walk along the railing to your left and you will come to the audio corner. Here you will find the library CD collection. All of the CD’s are in the on line catalog and can be checked out at the Circulation desk on the first floor. Just around the corner from the CD collection are music listening rooms and stations, which can be used by students. Contact the Circulation Desk for access to these rooms and equipment. Along the wall you will see audio cassettes that may be checked out. These are also in the library on line catalog. Continue on towards to the right you will see the site of the Computer Lab, the newest addition to Clark Library. In the open access lab you will be able to check email, surf the Internet, and write and print your papers for class. The lab will be open the same hours as Clark Library. Now continue to your right and you will see the Microfilm/Microfiche areas. The amount of old newspapers and magazines available on microfilm is astounding. The machines located here are combination reader/printers. If you have some time between classes one day, come find a newspaper from your birthday and see what was happening in the world when you were born. Walk along the book stacks, and you will see the various collections of material housed here. The Learning resources material comes first, followed by sound recordings…records and music scores. These stacks contain the historical juvenile collection, current state texts and curriculum materials. Once you pass the last row of stacks you will find an open area with low standing cabinets. These contain maps and atlases, which are all cited in the library catalog, and can be checked out. The rows of taller book stacks that line the east end of the second floor contain Government Publications. Most of the material is listed in the on line catalog. This is a self-help area; however, if you need assistance there is a telephone that connects directly with the
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Reference desk, or you can ask for assistance at the Reference desk on the first floor. Now, let’s go to the third floor, where the Periodicals are located. This floor houses current magazines, journals and newspapers. When you get to the third floor, go stand in to the left of the elevators, and turn the player back on. Here we are on the Periodical floor. You should be standing just to the front of the elevators. To your left are the bound periodicals, most of which are three years old and older, and now are bound together in one volume instead of a lot of individual issues. To your left is the periodical browsing area. Here you can sit down and relax with a current magazine, such as Time, Newsweek or People. If you look out over the floor, you will see a sea of tables for study. To the left of the study area you will see the Periodical service desk. Here you can request copies of recent journals, today’s newspaper, or last months National Geographic for example. Remember that Periodicals are to be used only on the third floor. Our next stop will be the 4th Floor. Again, stop just outside the elevators. Directly in front of the elevators you will see some of the new books that the library has recently purchased for the collection. Behind them and along the outer walls of the floor are study carrels. The 4th floor is designated as a Silent floor, where people can study without being distracted by conversations and other noise. Books with call numbers from A-N, and folio A-N are housed on this floor. The collection begins at the left of the floor, and works its way to the right end of the floor. Folio books are books that are larger than usual books, and are the last two or three rows of book stacks along the right side of the floor. Found on this floor would be such topics as business, history, music and art. Now, continue up to the last stop on the tour, the 5th floor. Again, stand just to the left of the elevators, and turn the tape player back on when you get there. The 5th floor is very similar in layout to the 4th. Located directly across from the elevators are the new bookshelves, and behind that along the wall on the far right, are study areas. This floor is designated as a Quiet floor, where people may meet in small groups to discuss their school work and projects. The book collection on the floor contains call numbers P-Z, beginning on your left, and continuing to your right. The folio P-Z books follow those, and finally, the last row of bookshelves contains the Thesis collection. Subjects on this floor would include such topics as literature, medicine, computers and engineering. The 5th floor also houses
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the Library Administration Offices, located on your left along the wall. Well that’s it! We hope this brief tour will help you as you begin your research here in the library. Remember that all the library employees are here to help you so don’t be afraid to say hello and ask for assistance. Now you can return the tape tour to the Circulation desk on the first floor, and thank you for taking the time to get to know the library a little better.

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