SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES
The foreign language media center in Byerly Hall includes student listening/speaking booths and a variety of materials for the study of French, German, Russian, Spanish, Latin and Greek. Self-instructional programs in Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Arabic and modern Greek are available. The media center also houses computers and several satellite receivers. Live and delayed newscasts are available in foreign languages.
The present library building opened in 1967 and was named for Helen A. Ganser, head librarian from 1911 to 1952. The library faculty and staff have organized a varied collection of materials and encourage all members of the University community as well as interested community residents to use its facilities and services. The library houses approximately a half million books and provides access to nearly 3500 periodical titles. Circulation policy information as well as information about other library policies and services is accessible from the library’s website, through links via the University home page.
The University Library is a selective Federal Depository, one of nearly 1400 depository libraries in the United States that comprise a national resource network providing access to government information. Designated a selective depository in 1966, Millersville’s Government Documents Collection consists of current materials with some older major publications and sets. The library catalog provides access to most government publications in the collection, including books, periodicals, maps, microfiche, CD-ROMs, and electronic records. The library is also a depository for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Curriculum Materials Center provides access to current K-12 materials for teacher education students and others. These include textbook series, activity guides, kits and games, manipulatives, educational software, and audio/visual materials such as videocassettes. The Center adjoins a large collection of current and classic children’s literature.
The University archives and special collections are regional repositories for historic documents and records located on the Millersville University campus. Those unique documents and records which have enduring research value are identified, selected, organized, and preserved. The collections serve as a resource center for local and state history. Some of the more significant collections include the University archives, the manuscript collection, the local history and culture collection, the Wickersham pedagogical collection, the Carl Van Vechten collection of African American arts and letters, and the rare book collection.
Library faculty provide workshops and instruction in information literacy skills for faculty, staff, and students, and through the world wide web for asynchronous learning. Scholarly research is further supported by a comprehensive and well-developed library collection that is continuously being augmented by the most current and up-to-date resources available, both in print and electronic format.
The Library belongs to several state-wide
and regional library consortia. These consortia allow for resource sharing,
reciprocal borrowing, and collaborative purchasing of resources. Most notably,
the Keystone Library Network provides the Millersville University
community with access to dozens of electronic information resources as
well as direct access to the library catalogs of the libraries within the
State System of Higher Education. Many of these electronic resources, as
well as the Millersville University library catalog, are accessible from
the University home page.