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Learning Resource System and Library Services

  • American Pathways University Learning Resource System staff provides advice and assistance to individual students on library research, resources, and procedures. Periodic library orientation seminars are conducted for all students.  The APU NewsGram, the APU Library Services and Utilization Directory and Guide and the University website (americanpathways.edu) keep students informed of University news and operations, including library news, services, orientation seminar dates, and library technology. APU’s Online Resource Library contains current vocational and professional articles and periodicals.
  • American Pathways University utilizes the statewide Colorado Library Card [Borrowing] System. Known by the acronym CARL (Colorado Association of Research Libraries), this program allows APU students equal opportunity borrowing privileges and direct access to all the services offered by the Denver-based libraries of the University of Colorado at Denver and Metropolitan State College of Denver, as well as the Denver Public Library system and all other public, private, and university libraries in Colorado. The Library Card may be obtained by an APU student free of charge from any of the following libraries: The Denver Public Library and all of its branches, University of Colorado at Denver Library, Metropolitan State University Library, Community College of Denver Library and eighteen other Denver-area library systems.

•     The Colorado Library Card [Borrowing] System allows APU student access to approximately 15,000,000 volumes of the Colorado library repositories. APU students enjoy unlimited borrowing and library staff services free of charge and access to learning resources that are among the finest library holdings in business, allied health and counseling, management, government, and ministerial studies of any individual college library or other library systems in the United States. APU students may checkout any of these volumes in two ways:

Walk-in checkout procedure. A student may personally walk into any of the listed Colorado libraries and checkout one or more books by using his/her Library Card (the Card is free and each APU student should have his/her own personal Card).

On-Line ordering procedure. If the student’s local library system does not have a book, he/she may go to the library’s website and order it from another Colorado library for delivery to the local library where he/she may check it out using his/her Library Card.  Local library links are available at the University website (americanpathways.edu).

  • APU Library Handbook. Available in hardcopy and at the University website (americanpathways.edu), the APU Library Handbook provides detailed explanation and step-by-step descriptions on how to checkout books utilizing the Colorado Library Card System.

Colorado Christian UniversityLibrary

On that website you will find the following menu on the side. Start with the first item, the Library Virtual Tour.  Then check the rest of the menu to see what it there.

What you find is what is in that library including the Library Catalog, and then there is a section titled Other Libraries. Click on this and you will be able to go to every library in Colorado and to the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress.

Also, read what follows the menu. It summarizes all the services and libraries you will be able to find using this website.

The Colorado Library Card (CLC)

One of the first things you should note is that the APU Library System utilizes the statewide Colorado Library Card (CLC). This program allows APU students equal opportunity borrowing privileges and direct access to all the services offered by the urban Denver libraries of the University of Colorado at Denver and Metropolitan State College of Denver, as well as the Denver Public Library system and all public, private, and university libraries in Colorado. The Library Card may be obtained by an APU student free of charge from any of the following libraries: The Denver Public Library, University of Colorado at Denver Library, Metropolitan State College Library, Community College of Denver Library and eighteen other Denver-area libraries including the libraries of the leading non-public institutions: University of Denver, Regis University, Colorado Christian University, Iliff Seminary, and Denver Seminary.

The Colorado Library Card [Borrowing] System allows APU student access to approximately 15,000,000 volumes of the Colorado library repositories. APU students may checkout any of these volumes in two ways: (1) Walk-in checkout procedure. A student may personally walk into any of the listed Colorado libraries and checkout one or more books by using his/her Library Card (the Card is free and each APU student should have his/her own personal Card). And (2) On-Line (Interlibrary Loan) ordering procedure. If the student’s local library system does not have a book, s/he may go to the library’s website and order it from another Colorado library for delivery to the local library where s/he may check it out using his/her Library Card.

See below for how to acquire, free of charge, the Colorado Library Card.

Prospector

Prospector: the Colorado Unified Catalog is a unified catalog of 23 academic, public and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. Through Prospector you have access to over 16 million books, journals, sound recordings, films, videotapes and other materials held in these libraries. With a single search (query) you can identify and borrow materials from the collections and have them delivered to your local library  through Interlibrary Borrowing.

Students are encouraged to become personal members of Prospector via their closest local public central library or branch library.  Membership entitles the individual to select items online to borrow for pickup at their local branch.  Turnaround is two to three days.

NOTE THAT YOU DO NOT EVEN HAVE TO GO TO A LIBRARY TO ACCESS PROSPECTOR.  YOU CAN USE YOUR HOME COMPUTER TO ACCESS ANY LIBRARY LISTED IN THE HANBBOOK, THEN GO TO THEIR PROSPECTOR PAGE AND ACCESS PROSPECTOR THAT WAY. THUS, YOU CAN DO YOUR SEARCH FROM YOUR HOME OR OFFICE AND EVEN USING  INTERNLIBRARY LOAN ORDER THE BOOK YOU NEED AND HAVE IT DELIVERED TO A LIBRARY OF YOUR CHOICE.

APU Library Handbook

The APU Library Handbook is available in hardcopy from the Director of Library Services or the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. Call 303-870-2585 or email gmarl11679@aol.com.  When you call, ask for APU Library. The APU Library Handbook provides detailed explanation and step-by-step descriptions on how to checkout books utilizing the statewide Colorado Library Card System.

People to Talk To

The APU Director of Library Services, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the University faculty mentor APU students in using these library resources for their direct borrowing needs and in their utilization of the massive computer search engines of the statewide Colorado library system of private, public, and university libraries.

The APU Directory of Library Services is Dr. Jennie Rucker, Ed. D., who also holds faculty appointment as Associate Professor of Technical Education and English. Dr. Rucker’s credentials are as follows:Jennie D. RuckerB.A., M.A., University of Denver (education; library science)

Ed.D., University of Northern Colorado (education)

Experiential: Denver Librarian, Denver Public Schools; Teacher, Denver Public Schools; small business entrepreneur (Denver inner city); community activist and board member for several community activist organizations

Professional Experience: Professor, Community College of Denver

The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs is Dr. Gene R. Marlatt.

To reach either of the these people resources Call 303-870-2585 or email gmarl11679@aol.com.  When you call, ask for APU Library.

NOW, SOME MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE AMERICAN PATHWAYS UNIVERSITY LIBRARY SYSTEM

Windows to the World of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: The Library And Higher Education

  • According to one of the leading college and university accrediting associations in the United States, “just as writing and critical reading are essential and fundamental academic skills, access to learning resources that contain the world’s accumulated and still-developing knowledge is a necessity for students pursuing a higher education.” As such, libraries in their traditional brick and mortar form and in their emerging virtual/Web/Internet form are truly windows to the world of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and clearly critical to a valid higher education experience for students.
  • “As they have been for centuries, libraries are still the major means by which most students have access to the books, serials, and other materials their studies require.”
  • Colleges and universities are “responsible for assuring that students can and do use the materials essential for their education.”
  • “Good practice holds that a basic collection of reserve and course-related reading and reference texts are conveniently available to all of an institution’s students (whether on-campus or at other instructional sites).”
  • “Trained professional librarians (or the equivalent) are essential” to help the university to acquire, store, and obtain needed library and learning resources.
  • Universities “should ensure that their off-campus students have access to adequate learning resources,” which can be done a variety of acceptable ways” –a branch campus; arrangements whereby the University has “regular access to a local librarian,” on line catalog, and books and document delivery services; placing resources on the university’s Web site or helping students identify some of the selected and dependable Internet sites where appropriate materials are available; and making formal arrangements with other appropriate libraries near the campus site for student use.”       (Cited material is from the Handbook of Accreditation published by one of the leading accrediting agencies in the United States

The American Pathways University Library System

Consistent with the “good practice” guidelines defined by a leading college and university accrediting agency, APU has formal arrangements with appropriate Primary Academic and Public libraries where its students may utilize conveniently available instructional/library sties to facilitate and provide the basic collection of reserve and course-related readings and reference texts, and for research. APU identifies in this Library Handbook, and has links to all the State Libraries through Colorado Christian University Library or www.ccu.edu/library websites.

Through formal arrangements APU students may use the Primary Libraries in the state for research, direct borrowing, and interlibrary borrowing, and use their computer and Internet facilities as well (although in some cases a fee may be charged by those libraries for computer use).

The APU system also allows students to access via electronic search many extra-Colorado research libraries, including the Library of Congress, and request interlibrary loan books from them. Overall, this library system allows APU students able access to a structure of libraries that is vastly superior to library resources available to college students in most states east and west of the Mississippi River. It is similar as well to systems utilized by many colleges and universities, including the University of Phoenix, Chapman University and other schools that have extension campuses in Colorado.

Librarians and The APU Director of Library Services (Librarian)

Each Primary Library has trained professional librarians who acquire, store, and retrieve for their libraries appropriate resources. These professionals and their staffs are by legal mandate to serve all students who have the Colorado Library Card with equal respect and service no matter what is the home library or college of the student.

American Pathways University’s Director of Library Services serves and assists students in their utilization of those Primary Libraries and the Web/Internet sites.

The Primary Libraries in the APU Academic Program

The Primary Libraries are threefold: the APU Research Library; the Primary Academic Libraries (that is, libraries of selected colleges, universities and graduate schools conveniently located vis-à-vis the inner city), and thePrimary Public Library systems, also conveniently located for inner city students, that have branch libraries in the center of the inner city at which APU students who do not have Web/Internet access may utilize the free (or low fee) Web/Internet services and interlibrary loan services (including borrowing from the Academic and Public Primary Libraries). Furthermore, the Denver Public Library—one of the public libraries–has an outstanding Western U.S. history research library.

  • The Auraria Library, Colorado Christian University and Regis University libraries, and the Denver Public Library, and the Aurora Public support the learning objectives and outcomes of APU’s General Education program requirements, and the learning objectives and outcomes of the  Business, Human Services, and Leadership and Management majors.
  • The religious studies collections of Colorado Christian University, Denver Seminary, Iliff Seminary, and Regis University support the learning objectives of APU’s Practical Theology major. Colorado Christian University also has on its library web site an Information Research Tutorial program, and on line books, biblical resources, reference works, research links, and subject guides relevant to the APU Practical Theology major, and these resources are free and accessible to APU students—all you have to do is go to Colorado Christian University Fowler Library using the Internet, check the drop down box and look for the following links on the menu.
  • Biblical Resources
  • Reference Works
  • Research Links
  • Subject Guides

APU Research Library

2227 Franklin Street, Denver    303-839-9491  Web address: www.apu.denver.org

American Pathways University has its own focused collection of research materials and documents found nowhere else in Colorado.

Primary Academic Libraries in the APU System

(Also see Detail on the Primary Libraries)

Auraria LibraryThe combined collection of the University of Colorado at Denver,             Metropolitan State College, and the Community College of Denver)  The               Auraria Library is conveniently located approximately 1.5 miles  from the             center of the inner city.
Note: The last four libraries, although not located in the inner city, are on its periphery and are relatively easily to access in person. Their collections are accessible on line, and.borrowing from them can be done by walk-in checkout or by Interlibrary loan.
Colorado Christian University Fowler Library
Denver Seminary Cary L. Thomas Library
Iliff Seminary  of Theology Taylor Library
Regis University Library

Primary Public Libraries

(This list includes the central library of the systems their

strategically  located inner city branches. Mmore data is found below in Detail on the Primary Libraries)

Denver Public LibraryThe Central Library of the Denver Public Library system is located on the southern border of the inner city and the system has 7 branch libraries located in the Denver inner city. As noted, the Central Library includes a general collection and three excellent academic collections focusing on research:  Western History Research Library; African-American Research Library, and the Genealogy Library. The inner city-sited branch libraries are:

Aurora Public LibraryThe Aurora Public Library has two branches situated in the inner city:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • North Branch Library
Other Academic LibrariesBeyond the Primary Libraries, should they need it, APU students have access for research through direct borrowing and Interlibrary borrowing to the 19 other academic libraries (including the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado State University),  19 other public library systems in Colorado, and the Library of Congress – the largest library in the world.You can access these libraries online by going to the Internet and typing the name and location of the library in the Search Box or the address box. For example: Colorado College Tutt Library, Colorado Springs. The page of addresses will pop up and usually the library you are seeking will be among the first five sites listed on that page.

  • Library of Congress
  • Colorado College Tutt Library (Colorado Springs)
  • Colorado School of Mines Arther Lakes Library (Golden)
  • Colorado State University Libraries (Fort Collins)
  • Mesa State College (Grand Junction)
  • Pikes Peak Community College (Colorado Springs)
  • Pueblo Community College (Pueblo)
  • United States Air Force Academy Library (Colorado Springs)
  • University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries (Boulder)
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Kraemer Family Library (Colorado Springs)
  • University of Colorado at Boulder Government Publications Library (Boulder)
  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Denison Memorial Library (Boulder)
  • University of Colorado Law Library (Boulder)
  • University of Denver Penrose Library (Denver)
  • University of Denver College of Law Westminster Law Library (Denver)
  • University of Northern Colorado Libraries (Greeley)
  • Western State College Leslie J. Savage Library (Gunnison)

Colorado Library Card System (CLC): The Statewide Borrower’s Program and How to Get the CLC

All of these library systems are accessible through The Colorado Library Card Statewide Borrower’s Program, a system in which participating libraries provide circulation services to patrons of all other CLC participating libraries.  This applies to all Colorado libraries — public, school, academic, and special collections including CARL—the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries. The American Pathways University Library System is by formal agreement a participating system in the Colorado Library Card System.

What is the Colorado Library Card (CLC)?

The Colorado Library Card (CLC) Statewide Borrower’s Program is a program in which participating libraries provide circulation services to patrons of all other CLC participating libraries.  This applies to all Colorado libraries — public, school, academic, and special collections, including CARL—the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries.

The Colorado Library Card (CLC) does not have a physical form, but it works in hundreds of libraries across the state of Colorado. The CLC is a borrowing program that allows an individual with a card from any participating library to also borrow (checkout) materials from any other participating library in the state. The CLC is a “virtual” card—record-keeping is electronic and no papers need to change hands. Many libraries add a bar code to the home library card so that borrowing is simplified even more.

For example, if you have a library card from the Denver Public Library (which would be your home library) you may visit in person (or online) the Auraria  Library or the University of Colorado at Boulder and checkout materials.

The CLC Program has been widely adopted by libraries in Colorado. 100% of pubilc libraries, 100% of regional library systems, 99% of school districts, and 63% of academic libraries participate.

The Colorado Library Card program was started in 1992 because no one library can buy everything that is needed by residents in an area and because librarians in Colorado believe that is important to serve all the state residents, and that residents should have the broadest possible access to resources. This program makes the most cost effective use of tax dollars to purchase materials and make them available to citizens.

Benefits of owning the CLC library card

  • The Colorado Library Card Statewide Borrower’s Program is a program in which participating libraries provide circulation services to patrons of all other CLC participating libraries.  This applies to all Colorado libraries — public, school, academic, and special collections including CARL—the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries.
  • Your library card and proper I.D. enables you to use any participating Colorado Library Card library.
  • Valid as long as you use it at least once every three years.
  • Check out books from any of the libraries, and return or renew them at any of these libraries.
  • Access items from other public and academic libraries in the metro area, state and nation through cooperative borrowing agreements either by going to those libraries and borrowing directly or through Interlibrary loan.
  • Check out most items for three or more weeks. (Note: Some items have different loan periods.)
  • Browse and select from videos on VHS and DVD, music CDs and audiobooks on tape or CD.
  • Many libraries have tax forms, as well as county, federal and state government documents.
  • All information about your borrowing is confidential.
  • Access the Internet as well as databases that would be expensive if you purchased them as an individual. Through the Online  Library’sResearch Tools to see what’s available.
  • View your library account, place holds, cancel holds, select pickup locations and renew your materials from computers in the libraries or from a computer with Internet access at home, work or school.

Get a Library Card: You need to get a physical card from your home library to take advantage of it

In most Colorado libraries library cards are available to all Colorado residents free of charge.

How to get the CLC Card: Two Ways

1. Register for a card at the Checkout Desk the library most convenient to you (i.e., your home library –that is, the library that provides library service for the area in which you live, or your school, college, or university). For most APU students this will be the Denver Public Library or one of its branch libraries or the Aurora Public Library or one of its branch libraries. That library will use that card to provide service for you—either by issuing you one of its cards or by putting an additional barcode on your existing library card.

2. Register online for a temporary card. A temporary library card number will be issued to you after successfully completing and submitting this online application form. This card number will allow you to use all Websites and place holds on books that you want.  You will usually have three weeks from the date the application was submitted to pick up your permanent card at the Checkout Desk of the  Public Library from which you obtained the temporary card.

AMERICAN PATHWAYS UNIVERSITY LIBRARY HANDBOOK CONTENTS

Published by American Pathways University, the Library Handbook is available in paperback edition from the APU Director of Library Services or the Office of the Provost. and on the University

Windows to the World of Yesterday, Today, and

Tomorrow:  The Library And Higher Education                            4

The American Pathways University Library System                      4

The APU Director of Library Services (Librarian)                         5

The Primary Libraries in the APU Academic Program

Primary Academic Libraries in the APU System                           6

(with Website addresses)

The APU Research Library                                                  7

Auraria Library                                                                7

(Combined library collections of the

University of Colorado at Denver;

Metropolitan State College,  and

Community College of Denver)

Colorado Christian University Fowler Library

Denver Seminary Carey S. Thomas Library

Iliff School of Theology Taylor Library

Regis University

Primary Public Libraries                                                         7

(with Website addresses)

Denver Public Library (DPL)

Central Library   (all have the same website)

Convenient DPL Inner City Branches

Aurora Public Library  (APL)

Central Library

Convenient APL Inner City Branches

Other Libraries

All other Academic Libraries in Colorado – access through the APU Library Website or Auraira Library Catalog or any of the  following college library catalogs. These include all of the libraries in the University   of Colorado (Boulder,

Colorado Springs) and Colorado State University (Ft. Collins & Pueblo)

  • Library of Congress (Washington, D. C.)
  • Colorado College Tutt Library (Colorado Springs)
  • Colorado School of Mines Arther Lakes Library (Golden)
  • Colorado State University Libraries (Fort Collins)
  • Mesa State College (Grand Junction)
  • Pikes Peak Community College (Colorado Springs)
  • United States Air Force Academy McDermott Academic Library  (Colorado Springs)
  • University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries (Boulder)
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Kraemer Family Library (Colorado Springs)
  • University of Colorado at Boulder Government Publications Library (Boulder)
  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Denison Memorial Library (Boulder)
  • University of Colorado Law Library (Boulder)
  • University of Denver Penrose Library (Denver)
  • University of Denver College of Law Westminster Law Library (Denver)
  • University of Northern Colorado Libraries (Greeley)
  • Western State College Leslie J. Savage Library (Gunnison)

Primary Libraries in the APU System: Academic and Public             7

Other Academic Libraries                                                       9

Using Library Resources Tutorial                                               9

Colorado Library Card System (CLC)                                                     10

Getting a Colorado Library Card                                              10

General Features of Library Collections and Other Services            17

How to Find a Book Using the Library Catalog                            20

Library Catalogs

Prospector –The Internet Highway To  Almost Everything             23

Other Internet Search Engines                                                26

Detail on the Primary Libraries                                               27

(addresses, phone numbers, website addresses)

Auraria Library                                                                   27

Colorado Christian University Clifton L. Fowler Library                  31

Denver Seminary Carey S. Thomas Library                                32

Iliff School of Theology Taylor Library                                      33

Regis University                                                                  33

Denver Public Library and Inner City Branches                            34

Aurora  Public Library and Inner City Branches                            37

APU Library Handbook. Available in hardcopy and at the University website (apudenver.org), the APU Library Handbook provides detailed explanation and step-by-step descriptions on how to checkout books utilizing the statewide Colorado Library Card System.

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