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William C. Jason Library
1200 N DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901-2277
Phone 302.857.6191, Fax 6177

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Mon-Thu: 8:00 AM - 12:00 Midnight
Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat: 12:00 Noon - 5:00 PM
Sun:  2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Library Services Directory

    Name Telephone Extension Room Number Administrative Services Dean of Libraries (302) 857-7887 LB 119 Head Librarian (302) 857-6180/7887 LB 200 Administrative Secretary (302) 857-6136 LB 120 General Information (302) 857-6191/6180 N/A Library Services Acquisitions (302) 857-6194 LB 114 Audio-Visual Equipment (302) 857-6195 N/A Research and Information Literacy (302) 857-6180 N/A Circulation/Reserves (302) 857-6191 N/A Computer Lab (302) 857-6180 N/A Library Liaisons (302) 857-6180 N/A Library Technology (302) 857-6135 LB 115 Reference (302) 857-6180 N/A Resource Sharing (ILL) (302) 857-6193 LB 111 Serials (302) 857-6183 LB 221 United States Federal Documents (302) 857-6184 LB 110 University Archivist (302) 857-6175 LB 227  

About the Library

  An open invitation is extended to you to utilize our facilities and services. Please feel free to ask the William C. Jason Library staff for assistance at any time. Located near the center of the campus, the William C. Jason Library serves as the hub of the University's academic program. The library has an open stacks system and provides information services to faculty, staff, students, and the community-at-large. Library-related instruction, information, and guidance are available to all patrons and groups who visit the facility.  The building includes: Library Services: Archives and Special Collections Room Computer Labs Rosetta Stone Language Room Group Study Rooms Viewing Room Educational Library NOTE: Policies and procedures are subject to change at the discretion of the library administration.  The printed Library Handbook, posted signs, and policy memoranda take precedence over policies described in the site. Other Services: Academic Services for Students' Athletics ( 2nd floor, phone: (302) 857-7542) Academic Support Center (2nd floor, phone: (302) 857-6385) Art Gallery (Library lobby, phone: (302) 857-6697) College of Mathematics, National Science & Technology (6th floor, phone: (302) 857-6500) Graduate Studies and Research (6th floor, phone: (302) 857-6839) INBRE Research (6th floor, phone: (302) 857-7853) HBCU-UP SMILE (6th floor, phone: (302) 857-7328)  

Web Search Tools

  The following web search tools can assist you in searching the web. Search Tool Description Expert guidance from real people searching theWeb. Web Address: All the Web Search the Web and FTP sites. Web Address: AltaVista Searches the Web and Usenet using the largest search engines. Web Address: AskJeeves Search AskJeeves using your own language as well as other search engines. Web Address: DogPile Meta Search. Web Address: Google Subject directory and Internet resources. Web Address: HotBot Searches Inktomi, Google, FAST, and Teoma. Web Address: Infomine Scholarly Internet Resource Collections. Web Address: Infoseek  Search the Web, Usenet, and newswires. Web Address: The Internet Public Library The first public library for the Internet community. Web Address: LibDex Directory of library home pages. Web Address: Librarian's Index to the Internet  A subject directory of evaluated and annotated sites. Web Address: Scout Report Weekly publication with new Internet resources for researchers and educators. Web Address: WWW Virtual Library Compilation of key links on various subjects areas. Web Address: Yahoo Subject directory and Internet resources. Web Address:  

Directory of Library Collections

  Technical Services/Resource Sharing   A - H Third Floor J - P Fourth Floor Q - Z Fifth Floor Other Collections Locations African-American Collection First Floor Education Library First Floor  Claude E. Phillips Herbarium Library First Floor, James W. Baker Building Physics Reading Room Library Second Floor, Mishoe Science Center South Delaware Collection Room 226, Archives & Special Collections ERIC Microfiche Second Floor Historic Preservation Collection Room 226, Archives & Special Collections Juvenile Collection Fourth Floor Library of American Civilization (LAC) First Floor Library of English Literature (LEL) First Floor Maps First Floor Oversized Books  First Floor  Pamphlet Collection Circulation/Reserves Desk, First Floor Serials / Microfilm  Second Floor Permanent Reserve Circulation/Reserves Desk, First Floor Reference Collection First Floor Sound Recordings Room 226, Archives & Special Collections  Sound Cassettes Circulation/Reserves Desk, First Floor Rare Books / Special Collections Technical Services, First Floor  U.S. Documents Fifth Floor/Microfiche located on 2nd floor Video Cassettes First Floor  

Interlibrary Loan

        What  is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)? How does EDDPlus work? Who may borrow through the ILL service? How many ILL requests may I submit at one time? How am I notified that my ILL has arrived? What is the waiting period for receiving my ILL items. Is there a charge for ILL materials? Where Do I Pick Up My ILL in the William C. Jason Library? Is ILL service available on a year-round basis? 1. What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)? ILL provides books, technical reports, conference proceedings and  photocopies of articles that are not available at the William C. Jason Library-Learning Center. This service is only available to Delaware State University faculty, staff and students. You can print out forms and return to the Circulation/Reserves Desk. The conditions of each transaction are set by the Interlibrary Loan Code of the American Library Association and by policies of the individual libraries. 2. How does EDDplus Work? All request are submitted electronically through EDDplus. Once received, your request will be processed by Systems and Resource Sharing. Upon receipt of your article(s) you will receive notification via email. Your article(s) can then be retrieved and downloaded. 3. Who May Borrow Through the ILL Service? Interlibrary request forms are available online, you can also get request forms at the  Reference Desk, Circulation Desk and in the Serials Office, Room 221. Forms must be completed accurately then submitted to the librarian in the Electronic Research Center. A separate form is required for each item requested. An incomplete or incorrect citation may result in a delay or cause a request to be returned as UNFILLED. When requesting journals, it is also necessary to include the complete reference for the original source of the citation. Back to Top 4. How Many ILL Requests May I Submit At One Time? There is no limit. Request are submitted at EDDplus.   5. What is the Waiting Period for Receiving My ILL/EDDplus Items? The William C. Jason Library is a member of a computer-based interlibrary loan network and most requests can be filled within two weeks.  However, completion time can vary greatly based on the availability of the material. 6. How Am I Notified That My ILL Has Arrived? When interlibrary loan books have arrived, you will be notified via email or telephone. 7. Where Do I Pick Up My Interlibrary Loan in the William C. Jason Library? All books requested through interlibrary loan may be picked up at, and returned to, the Circulation/Reserves desk during library hours of operation. For information on items you have requested, called 857-6193.  Articles will be sent via email through EDDplus if requested. Back to Top   8. Is There a Charge for Interlibrary Loan Materials? Normally, there is no charge to patrons for basic interlibrary loan service at the William C. Jason Library. However, some lending libraries charge fees that are passed on to patrons. Patrons are responsible for paying overdue fines to the lending library through the William C. Jason Library-Learning Center interlibrary loan office for books that are returned after the date due. Patrons are also responsible for replacement cost of lost books. 9. Is ILL Service Available on a Year-Round Basis? Yes. Interlibrary loan service is available all year.  

William C. Jason Biography

  William Charles Jason was born October 21, 1859, at Trappe, Maryland. His father  William Jason who, though, an ordained minister, worked at other things to earn his living. His mother was Mary Wing Jason, the daughter of Charles Wing, a Methodist clergyman, of Wilmington, Delaware, and one of the pioneers of the Delaware Conference. William and his three younger brothers, Ernest, Alonzo and Howard, spent their early years in Easton and Cambridge, Maryland, where their father found employment as the town's gas maker. While quite young, the boys lost their mother, but remained with their widowed father until each was manumitted at his own request. William, at, 15 was an apprentice to a printer in Easton. He also learned the barber's trade. At 18, he opened his own shop in Easton. Two years later, desiring to go to school, he sold his shop, and went to Lima, New York, where he attended the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, a Methodist Episcopal Preparatory School. He earned his tuition by operating a barbershop in the village. He graduated cum laude from that institution in 1884. That fall, he entered Allegheny College at Meadville, Pennsylvania. From that institution in 1888, he received the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Master of Arts a year later. He then went to Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, New Jersey and acquired the Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1891. The same year he was accepted in the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His first charge was in Orange, New Jersey, where within four years, aided by the operation of a printing press, he was able to erect a church. In that church he was married to Madora Evelyn Bailey, of Exeter, New Hampshire, whom he met in Wilmington, Delaware, where she taught at Howard School. He subsequently served at the Bainbridge Street Church and the Janes Church in Philadelphia. He was granted a release from the pastorate in 1896 to become president of Delaware State College at Dover. The school at that time consisted of the old mansion-house of the Loockerman plantation and a stable which had formerly been the slave quarters. Two of his early activities at State College were the promotion of the State College Settlement Project along with professor L. S. Conwell, Mr. James W. Aiken and several others, and the raising of funds among Delaware Negroes to build the old slave quarters into a chapel. As he said, "To make over a place of misery and horror into a place of rejoicing." A few years later, Wiley University, Marshall, Texas, honored W. C. Jason with the degree of Doctor of Divinity. In 1923, he resigned from the presidency of State College to return to the active ministry in the Delaware Conference. He had seen the little institution of a score of pupils and two buildings grow into one of over two hundred pupils and eleven buildings. One of his last official acts consisted of participating in the dedication of the Demonstration School. He had in attendance at one time or another some of each of his three brothers' children, and all four of his own: Mary E., William C. Jr., Madora E., and Henry Mainjoy. During all of these years he never turned a boy or girl away who wanted to be taught badly enough "to work his passage." During his years at State College, he had served the Delaware Conference in the following capacities: as ministerial delegate to the General Conference in 1904; Chairman of the board of Ministerial Training, and Chairman of the Conference Board of Examiners. On returning to the active ministry, he was assigned successively, charges at Cheswold, Delaware; associate pastor at Dover, Centerville Circuit, Smyrna, Milford, St. Michaels, Oxford, and Delmar. He was inwardly hurt at the unimposing quality of his assignments, but labored his utmost at each saying, "Perhaps he needed to be humbled." He served on the Conference Board of Trustees. In 1936, he returned to State College as Chaplain and served until failing health forced him to resign in 1941. That same year he was retired from active service in the Conference. The last years of his life were spent in the house that he had built among the trees that he had planted just across the bridge from the College. A week before the end, he calmly said that he knew that his work was done. He bade his family good-bye and consigned them to God's care. His nightly prayers were an expression of thanks to God for His mercy and kindness. William Charles Jason's whole life was spent in helping people. Many were the lives that he enriched and ennobled. He knew he had a mission. In a sermon in 1891, he wrote: "As God heard of old the cry of Israel in the Land of Bondage, so He had witnessed the supplicating hands and heard the entreating cry of Negro bondsmen"... "Thank God the day is coming when the Negro standing upon the high platform of intelligent, Christian piety and useful citizenship-not as an individual one here and another there, but as a race-shall stretch out his hands to God and say "I also am a man." From the Official Journal Delaware Conference Methodist Church, Eighty-second Conference 1944

Mission Statement

  It is the mission of the William C. Jason Library to provide library materials and services to meet and supplement the academic needs of the community, to develop well-rounded and responsible citizens, and to encourage patrons to discover their creative capacities.  For this reason, the library purchases: materials and online databases on subjects related to academic departments materials directly concerned with the technical needs of the library materials which are of a recreational content The library supports the University's Philosophy and Mission by providing meaningful and relevant materials to support the needs of the academic community through: the latest library computer technology well-trained staff with a comprehensive collection which is broad in scope, varied, and up to date The library also strives to provide students with current material and services which will ensure that each graduate is a productive and competitive member of the workforce.  Through our acquisitions of scholarly materials and resource sharing with other institutions, the library is able to offer its faculty and students access to materials they may need in their quest for top-notch research.  

Library of Congress Classification Guide

  A       GENERAL WORKS           (Encyclopedias, etc.) B        PHILOSOPHY-RELIGION            B-BJ       Philosophy, including:             BF  Psychology            BL-BX   Religion C       AUXILIARY SCIENCES OF HISTORY           CT   Biography D       HISTORY: GENERAL AND OLD WORLD           DA    Great Britain           DD    Germany           DK    Russia           DT    Africa E-F   HISTORY: THE AMERICAS            (E184.5 + Afro-Americans)            (E444.92 + Slavery in the United States G      GEOGRAPHY, ANTHROPOLOGY, FOLKLORE                    G      Geography          GE   Environmental Sciences          GN  Anthropology          GR   Folklore          GV   Recreation, physical education H      SOCIAL SCIENCES          HA   Statistics          HE    Transportation and communication          HF    Marketing, management, accounting, and advertising            HG    Finance          HM   Sociology          HQ    Marriage and family          HV    Social pathology, public welfare, and criminology J        POLITICAL SCIENCE          JC    Political theory          JF    Constitutional history (General and comparative)           JK    U.S. Constitutional history K      LAW          KF    Law of the United States L      EDUCATION M     MUSIC AND BOOKS ON MUSIC N     FINE ARTS         ND   Painting         NK   Decorative arts and interior design P      LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE         PA   Classical languages and literature         PE    English language (including dictionaries)         PN   General and comparative literature, film, theater,  journalism, ect.         PQ   Romance literature         PR    English literature         PS    American literature         PT    German literature Q     SCIENCE         QA   Mathematics (QA 76+ Computers)         QC   Physics         QD   Chemistry         QH   Natural history, biology, and ecology         QK   Botany               QL    Zoology         QP    Physiology and biochemistry R     MEDICINE         RA    Public health, forensic medicine and toxicology              RC    Internal medicine, psychiatry, and sports medicine         RT    Nursing      S      AGRICULTURE                    SB    Plant culture         SF    Animal culture         SH   Aquaculture, fisheries T     TECHNOLOGY         TA   Civil engineering         TH   Mechanical engineering         TK   Electrical engineering                  (TK7885+ Computers)          TP   Chemical engineering          TR   Photography          TT   Arts and crafts          TX   Home economics U      MILITARY SCIENCE V      NAVAL SCIENCE           Z      BIBLIOGRAPHY AND LIBRARY SCIENCE  

Information Literacy

  Delaware State University students have access to an Information Literacy program designed to develop the necessary skills to locate, evaluate, manage and use information from a variety of print and information technology resources.  Students should be able to make effective and efficient decisions in their academic, professional, and personal lives. The program enables students to achieve information literacy competency as described in the Association of College and Research Libraries ACRL, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Goal The Information Literate student will become a graduate who is a productive and competitive member of the workforce, and an independent lifelong learner. Objectives To determine the extent of information required for classes. To formulate effective research strategies. To access and synthesize information effectively and efficiently. To analyze and evaluate information and its sources critically, and without prejudice. To become well-rounded and responsible citizens in a democratic society. To use information effectively and accurately to accomplish a particular goal. To access information ethically and legally.