The Alma Jordan Library of The University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus (http://www.mainlib.uwi.tt) is organized into four Subject Divisions, Engineering, Science and Agriculture, Humanities, and Social Sciences. In addition, there are the Circulation and Access Services Division and the West Indiana and Special Collections Division. The latter houses Caribbean material and is also the repository of over 70 distinguished collections of rare Caribbean materials of great historic value. Some of these include the Derek Walcott, C.L.R. James and Eric Williams Memorial Collections which have been named to the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register in recognition of their international significance. The Alma Jordan Library has holdings of approximately 8,000 serial titles with 2,100 current serial subscriptions, 1,120 of these current serial subscriptions are also accessible electronically. In addition there are over 421,465 monographs, with 7,000 added to the collection annually. Non-print assets include over 290 online databases, approximately 55,000 e-journals, 31,000 electronic books, 22,770 microforms, 1,100 audio cassettes, 400 video cassettes, 1609 vinyl records, and 3,600 digital discs.
During the academic year the service hours of the Alma Jordan Library are as follows:
|Mondays to Fridays
||8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
||8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
October 30th-December 16th 2012
Mondays to Thursdays
|8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
|Fridays to Saturdays
||8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
||8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
|Tuesdays to Fridays
||8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
||8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
*Vacation hours will apply to the first week of each academic year
Divisional Librarians provide formal liaison between members of Faculty and the Alma Jordan Library. A faculty member should liaise directly with his/her Divisional Librarian to secure desired services.
A wide range of services are available to members of faculty to support teaching and research. These include:
If members of faculty wish students to have controlled access to essential reading materials, booklists must be submitted to the Alma Jordan Library by March 31st of each year for the following academic year. These lists should contain full bibliographic information on the essential texts on your reading lists. When acquired, these items are then placed in the reserve collection. An instructor may choose to allow these materials to circulate for very short periods of time (3 hrs, 1, 3 or 7 days).
Download Booklist Template | View Booklist FAQs
In addition to essential booklist items, traditional reserves may include personal copies of lecturers’ books, copies of chapters of books (small percentages of the entire work), photocopies of journal articles, course readers, etc. Reserve materials are removed or returned to normal circulation at the end of each semester. Items to be placed in the Reserve Collection should arrive at the Alma Jordan Library three (3) months in advance of the beginning of each semester. Instructors can also be provided with e-copies of articles to be placed in WEBCT Blackboard or Moodle. Download Temporary Special Reserve Request Form With Guidelines
In amending existing or developing new course offerings or new programmes, members of faculty must liaise with the Divisional Librarian to ensure that an adequate print and electronic resource base is established to support research and teaching. As the first step in this process the faculty member is required to complete the New Teaching Proposal Form (US38I) and provide a booklist which should be submitted via the Subject Librarian and also directly to Acquisitions, for all courses to be taught. Should the proposal be for a graduate research programme this should be indicated. The Library will provide a copy of its evaluation as an impact statement to the Faculty Member, the Head of Department, the Dean, the Bursar and the Chair of the Academic Quality Assurance Committee (AQAC) and Campus Coordinator for Graduate Studies and Research.
Members of faculty are encouraged to collaborate with Faculty Liaison Librarians to select resources in their discipline. The Alma Jordan Library also welcomes gifts of materials which will enrich the collection and support the teaching and research programmes of The University of the West Indies. In particular, it welcomes donations of manuscripts and other materials of significance to research on the Caribbean. It does not generally accept the temporary deposit of material. Donating to The Alma Jordan Library
Download US38I form.
During the academic year the Alma Jordan Library offers instructional sessions to aid in navigating information resources. Sessions can be either individual appointments, small group seminars, or large group workshops. Taught by the subject specialists, these sessions cover a wide range of topics including research skills, how to use the online catalogue, how to search online journal databases, and the different citation styles. The Alma Jordan Library also provides access to an online Information Literacy Programme available via WebCT as well as a virtual library tour. View Information Literacy Programme
Academic accreditation is based on accepted qualitative and quantitative standards of excellence for evaluating the quality of education offered at the institution. Evaluation and subsequent accreditation include such areas as the education objectives and achievement, academic programs, admissions practices, student personnel and welfare services, institutional study, training and experience of instructional staff, financial stability, as well as laboratory and library resources. Members of Faculty can liaise with the Faculty Liaison Librarian regarding the relevant procedure.
Research support services include the following:
Access the UWI's print and electronic resources through the library's portal UWIlinc. Go to UWIlinc
Researchers can access over 120 online databases from the Alma Jordan Library’s website. Many of these databases contain full-text material. In instances where the full text of an article is not available online, it can be ordered and all relevant costs are absorbed by the Alma Jordan Library. Go to Online Databases
The Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery service allows the Alma Jordan Library to augment its resource base. If the Alma Jordan Library does not own a book, journal or other materials required by a user, these materials can be borrowed from another library or a commercial document provider. This service is provided at a cost to the library, but not to members of faculty. Download Interlibrary Loans/Document Delivery Form
Please note: The Interlibrary Loans/Document Delivery form is for use only by staff/students of The University of the West Indies.
Divisional Librarians can help keep members of faculty informed about the latest research material published in their areas of research or interest. View Contact Information below.
Members of faculty are asked to encourage their graduate students to schedule individual appointments to consult Divisional Librarians at the start of their research. Librarians provide advice on the range of resources available in a specific discipline or subject area. View Contact Information below.
Reference services are provided on demand to members of faculty. Divisional Librarians provide individualized help in locating materials on any given topic. This can be done in person or via e-mail.
Members of faculty are asked to encourage graduate students to submit their theses to scrutiny by the relevant Divisional Librarian to ensure that they have complied with the requirements of the Thesis Guide and applicable style manuals. Once the requirements are satisfied, the Library will then certify the thesis as acceptable. The Faculty Liaison Librarian can also assist graduate students with the citation style for references and bibliographies. In addition, the Library has citation management software (Endnote, Reference Manager and Procite) that can create references and bibliographies. When a student’s thesis/dissertation is completed and accepted, the Library’s Bindery will bind it at a cost. View Theses information
Web-based guides for all users can be accessed on the Alma Jordan Library’s website. These guides, which are also available in print, cover areas ranging from the different citation styles, listings of newly acquired journals and books in a particular subject area, to how to search online journal databases., etc. These guides can save the researcher's time. View Research Assistance
According to its budget, The Alma Jordan Library purchases requested materials in support of teaching and research at The UWI, St. Augustine. To help the Alma Jordan Library prioritize these requests, you need to indicate the reason why this material should be added to the collection. You may also contact your subject librarians for book/journal/databases recommendations. Download Materials Request Form
Computers with access to library resources and the Internet are available at the Alma Jordan Library. These resources can also be accessed from any computer on the campus network. Wireless access, via the campus network, is also available. Two computer laboratories STARRS and UEC provide access to Microsoft Office, SPSS, Endnote, Procite and Reference Manager. During the semester, users can access STARRS and the undergraduate Reading Room when the Alma Jordan Library closes.
The Library offers a range of reprographic services including self-service machines, copy cards for use in photocopiers and printers throughout the Library. Scanning services as well as printing from microfilm is also offered for West Indiana materials.
For further information on available services, please contact any of the following: