How To Contact The Library

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If you have a question about finding books, articles, or DVDs, then you’ve come to the right place! We are happy to help you on your academic journey here at the library. But how can you ask us questions? There are several easy ways to contact us!

 

Face-to-face

Visit the Circulation Desk or the Research Desk on the first floor. Our library staff and student assistants will be happy to assist you!

 

Text

We have a new texting service! Text us at 731.201.4898 with your library-related questions.

 

Chat

There is a chatbox on the home page of our library website. You can use this service to ask us quick questions.

 

Call

The main library number is 731.661.5070.

 

Email

While each of the library staff have their own personal emails, you can also email the library in general at library@uu.edu.

 

Social Media

We are active on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and this blog (WordPress). Follow us for library news and updates!

 

However you choose to contact us, we are glad to help you!

Featured Book: “Lost In Wonder, Love, And Praise” by Justin Wainscott

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Justin Wainscott, a member of Union’s Board of Trustees and pastor of First Baptist Church in Jackson, recently released a new book. Lost In Wonder, Love, And Praise is divided into 2 sections: hymns and poems. The hymns section draws heavily from Scripture; Wainscott adds recommendations of familiar tunes for each hymn to be sung to. The poems section focuses on different themes such as God’s grace, dealing with anxiety, and family.

One poem that particularly stands out is “Shared Wonder,” which is about our relationships to art:

The art we most enjoy-

whether stories or sketches,

paintings or poems,

music or movies,

sermons or songs-

is the fruit of private wonder

being made public.

Wainscott goes on to write about the joy of shared wonder, which he concludes is the end result of art.

Lost In Wonder, Love, And Praise is a great resource for worship leaders, pastors, and laymen alike. Whether you’re looking for a new hymn to sing or a poem to resonate with, this book is here to help you worship God. You can check out Lost In Wonder, Love, And Praise from the library.

Spotlight On “Volunteer Voices”

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Are you interested in learning about Tennessee history? The Volunteer Voices project is a collection of documents, artifacts, photos, and other facets of local culture. The library provides access to Volunteer Voices as a database in our Databases, E-Books, and Media tab. You can also access Volunteer Voices via the Tennessee Secretary of State website.

So, what can you read about in Volunteer Voices? The project has many broad topics to choose from, including the following [click the links to access Volunteer Voices]:

Broad Topics
African-Americans
Architecture
Arts and Literature
Children and Childhood
Civil and Human Rights
Education
Family Life and Gender Relations
Farming and Agriculture
Frontier Settlement and Migration
Government and Politics
Health and Medicine
Immigrants and Immigration
Law and Legal Documents
Music and Performing Arts
Native Americans
Nature and the Environment
Popular Culture and Folklife
Religion
Science and Technology
Social Reform
Sports and Recreation
Trade, Business and Industry
Transportation and Internal Improvements
Wars and Military
Women

You can also choose to search the collection for specific terms, or you can simply browse the collection and see what the project has to offer. You’ll find documents like personal letters, campaign advertisements, pamphlets, photographs, and more. The collection allows you to narrow your search down by choosing subjects, genres, and the historical era of your topic.

The next time you’re searching for Tennessee history, head to Volunteer Voices and get started. You can also tour our library’s online archives, search our catalog here, visit the Tennesee Room at the Jackson Madison County Library, or visit the Madison County Archives.

 

 

How To Find Books By Union Authors

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Did you know that many Union faculty and staff members are also published authors? The library has a sizeable collection of books that were written or edited by Union authors. There are 4 major ways that you can see these books:

  1. We have a “Union Authors” list online! Just click the link to view the list. You can also find this list by using the drop down menu that says “Find Materials” on the library’s home page.
  2. If you know the author or the title of the book by name, you can search for them via our library website. The website will tell you the book’s location in the library and its availability status.
  3. If you just want to browse the collection, you can walk around the book stacks and find Union Authors by noticing books with “Union Authors” stickers. These stickers are red and attached to the spine of the books. Hint: a large amount of books by Union Authors are in our theology section.
  4. One final way to see books by Union Authors is by viewing the “Union Book Project” via www.uu.edu. You can search for specific authors or by year to see the books that were released in a particular time period. It’s a great resource!

 

Pick up a book by your favorite professor today! Chances are it’s on our shelves.

Book Signing Event With Karen Kingsbury

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Tonight’s the night! We are excited to host Christian novelist Karen Kingsbury on campus. You can visit with Karen Kingsbury in the library from 5-5:40pm before her special dinner event, hosted by the Union Auxiliary. Kingsbury will be selling signed copies of her new book and can also sign your personal books for free if you bring them to the library.

For more information about Karen Kingsbury, visit her website.

For more information about “An Evening With Karen Kingsbury,” click here.

Library FAQs

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We’re here to answer all of your questions at the library! Here are some of our most popular questions from our students and guest patrons.

Student FAQs

  1. How can I apply to work in the library as a student assistant?

Students can go online through the Vocatio Center to submit their resume. The Circulation Manager will review their resume and may invite them to an interview. If approved, the students will need to submit paperwork to the Vocatio Center and sign up for hours on the Circulation schedule.

 

  1. I need more prints. Can I buy them?

Yes, we have print cards for $1 and $5, it just depends on how many prints you need. If you need to do a print refund, though, that falls under IT- you can request one here.

 

  1. I need to request transcripts. Where can I do that?

The library does not handle transcripts. We can transfer you to the registrar’s office instead, or you can request them online via the registrar’s page.

 

4. I need to keep this book for a little longer than the due date for a project, but I’ve reached my renewal limit. Can you help?

Yes, generally we can extend the due date of a book when a student needs it for school-related purposes.

 

5. Can the library schedule appointments for the Writing Center?

No, the library and the Writing Center are separate entities (that do work together, though)! You can schedule an appointment with the Writing Center through their website here.

 

6. What are the library’s hours?

You can view the library’s hours 24/7 on our website!

 

7. I need help with APA/MLA/Turabian citations. Can the library help me?

Yes, you can schedule an appointment with a Research Coach for help with citations. You can also check out the APA manual, the MLA manual, and the Turabian manual from the library.

 

Guest FAQs

 

  1. Does the library offer tutoring services?

No. The library does have research help for Union students, but not for high schoolers, children, or adults who do not attend Union.

 

  1. Does the library partner with any local home school or education programs?

No, but families with children are welcome to visit the library.

 

  1. I’m a college student at Jackson State. Can I check out books from Union?

Yes, through a local university & college agreement, higher education students at other nearby institutions can check out a limited number of Union library items. See our website for more information.

 

  1. Can I look at eBooks and articles on the library website as a guest?

Yes and no. If you are on Union’s campus, you can view eBooks and articles on our library website. If you are not on campus, you will not be able to view them without a Union login.

 

  1. I’m a Union alumnus. What can I do in the library?

As an alumnus, you qualify for a free guest card, which allows you to check out up to 3 books. You can also be logged onto a computer as a guest and print for $.10 a page.

 

  1. Can I pay with a credit card?

No, we can only accept cash or checks at Circulation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Look At Union Yearbooks Online

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When you want to look up a family member or certain year in Union’s history, the “Lest We Forget” Union yearbooks can be a helpful resource. An easy way to search through the yearbook collection is by using the library website online. Provided below are instructions for access.

To access the “Lest We Forget” Union yearbooks:

  1. Go to the library website.
  2. Click on Archives and Special Collections under Quick Links.
  3. Click University Archives.
  4. Lest We Forget will come up in the middle of the page. Click the books to access them. You can find them by year and click through them like an online book to find people’s names. (If you just click this link, it will take you straight to them).

 

For other archival material, take a look at the Online Archives.

Spotlight On The Online Archives

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Did you know that you can view artifacts from Union’s history online?

While the library does contain a physical Archives space, many of the documents have been digitized for online viewing.

What kind of documents can you see? The University Archives preserves the history of Union University and its predecessor institutions, Jackson Male Academy, West Tennessee College, Union University Murfreesboro and Southwestern Baptist University. This history is told through official records of the university, papers of former faculty and administrators, university publications, papers of alumni, and memorabilia.

To get started, visit the “Archives and Special Collections” link on the library’s website. Using this Archives guide, you can access university yearbooks (Lest We Forget), older editions of the Cardinal and Cream, Union bulletins, and more.

Many of these documents can be clicked on, with the pages flipping in the style of a physical book. This makes it easy to flip through entire yearbooks and magazines without having to leave your chair.

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For Archives questions, contact Melissa Moore, Stephen Mount, or Paul Sorrell.

How To Use The Library As A Guest

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Who is a guest at the library?

If you’re a Union alumnus or a member of the community that is not currently attending Union, you’re a library guest.

The library has several policies for guests that allow you to use a limited amount of resources.

 

  • Guest Cards

The following groups of guests are eligible to obtain a free guest library card.

  • Retired employees (faculty and staff) of Union University
  • Current ministerial personnel (i.e. pastor, minister of music, minister of youth, associate pastor) from a church within 25 miles of Union University
  • Current members of Union University’s Board of Trustees
  • Local academic or public librarians from the West Tennessee Area Libraries Consortium
  • Spouses of current Union University faculty and staff members

 

If you do not meet the criteria for a free guest card, you can purchase a guest card for $60/year.

Card holders must be at least 18 years old. A photo ID and proof of qualifying status must be supplied at the time of application. Guests are limited to three (3) books and cannot check out media items. Loaning of guest cards is prohibited and the user should be prepared to show ID if asked.

 

 

  • Guest Printing

Guests can be signed on to a library guest computer for 2 consecutive hours per day. If you need to print, printing costs 10 cents per page. All of your prints will automatically go into a queue that requires a library worker to release your prints. You will be asked to pay the library at the time of printing- you cannot make an I.O.U. for prints.

*The library is not responsible for guest patron privacy on the guest computers.*

 

  • Faxing & Copying

Faxing costs 25 cents per page, but a cover page is free. Copying costs 10 cents per page.

 

  • Scanning To Email

Scanning a page to your email address is free. Ask a library worker for help with scanning.

 

  • Using The Library Space

Walking around the library and sitting to read a book in the library is free! Guests cannot reserve study rooms, but you are welcome to use rooms that are not taken. If a study room does get reserved by a student, the guests may be asked to vacate that room.

 

 


Guest FAQ

1. Does the library offer tutoring services?

No, the library provides resources to Union University. The library does have research help for Union students, but not for high schoolers, children, or adults who do not attend Union.

 

2. Does the library partner with any local home school or education programs?

No, but families with children are welcome to visit the library.

 

3. I’m a college student at Jackson State. Can I check out books from Union?

Yes, though a local university & college agreement, higher education students at other nearby institutions can check out a limited number of Union library items. See our website for more information.

 

4. Can I look at eBooks as a guest?

Yes and no. If you are on Union’s campus, you can view eBooks on our library website. If you are not on campus, you will not be able to view them without a Union login.

 

5. I’m a Union alumnus. What can I do in the library?

As an alumnus, you qualify for a free guest card. You can also be logged onto a computer as a guest and print for 10 cents a page.

Congratulations To Our 2018 Graduates!

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Congratulations to Teri Jelks, Ben Pinkley, and Marqueisha Walker! They will be missed at the library, but we know these graduates have great futures ahead.

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