Youngstown State University or simply YSU for short was founded in 1908 and is an American research university located in Youngstown, Ohio, United States. The university’s origins trace back to 1908, starting as a school of law within the Youngstown Association School. In 1921, it became the Youngstown Institute of Technology by offering evening courses. In 1928, with the College of Arts and Sciences, it changed to Youngstown College. In 1955, it changed to Youngstown University as an indicator of the school’s broadening curriculum. And on September 1, 1967, after becoming a public institution, changed officially to Youngstown State University. This University is an example of development and growing process, and its library also took part in this process. That’s why here are 10 Youngstown State University library resources you need to know.
1) Library Catalog
At the YSU library, you will be able to search for information available at the library with its catalog searcher. This service will look into all of the library’s archives including available books, journals, eBooks, articles and more, and also will show you the status of that item if it’s actually taken or it’s available for borrowing.
At YSU Maag Library you can borrow or use inside the library a wide variety of textbooks for select courses. These textbooks were specifically selected to put on reserve for students of specific courses and subjects by the librarians and the professors to help students find the information they will really need for the course.
3) Electronic Books
YSU students, faculty & staff have access to electronic books through a great range of databases like the Electronic Book Center, which has full texts of thousands of scholarly and reference books covering many subject areas; the EBSCO eBook Collection, which has ebooks published earlier than 2005 on many academic subjects; the Safari Books Online, which has electronic books in computer science, information technology, business, and related fields; and the Oxford Scholarship Online, which is full texts of important scholarly books from Oxford University Press.
At YSU library you can access its database easily from their main page online. A database is a collection of information organized for easy access, in this case, is organized by letters from A-Z but it also can be organized by course or subject making it easier for the YSU community to access the information and find what they are looking for.
5) Research and Course Guides
At the YSU library, librarians take a special interest in helping students understand their courses and the research process, that’s why they have created research and course guides that are available at the library front desk and online, to help students understand better those process and simplify the learning and investigation process.
The DSpace is a digital resource that has been built to save, share, and search the digital research materials created by YSU faculty and staff. You can find photographs, oral histories, papers given at proceedings, Theses, sound recordings, and a great variety of other materials available online.
7) LinkedIn Learning
At the YSU library, you can use your YSU account to sign up for LinkedIn Learning service. LinkedIn Learning, formerly lynda.com, is an American massive open online course website offering video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills. It is a subsidiary of LinkedIn.
8) Open Educational Resources (OERs)
The term “open educational resources” describes any copyrightable work (excluding software) that is licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities: Retain (the right to make, own, and control copies of the content), Reuse (the right to use the content in a wide range of ways), Revise (the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself), Remix (the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new), and Redistribute (the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others).
9) Ask a Librarian
At YSU library they know that the learning and research process don´t have a schedule, that´s why they have a 24/7 available “ask a librarian” service to help you with any question about any subject or research at any time. The specialized staff is available at the main library but you can also contact them online on the library’s page, by mail or by phone.
10) OhioLINK Library Catalog
The OhioLINK library catalog combines the holdings of 120 member libraries, including the State Library of Ohio, into a shared catalog totaling nearly 46 million items. The shared catalog lists books, e-books, and e-journals available across the consortium and other materials available on publishers’ websites. Students and faculty discover materials available throughout the state and can have those items delivered to their home institution, exponentially stretching the reach for all of Ohio’s academic libraries.
Libraries of Youngstown State University Linked Trough OhioLINK
1) Maag Library
The William F. Maag, Jr. Library opened in 1976 and is the main library for the Youngstown State University. The University’s first library (now Tod Hall) was built in 1953 after much fundraising by students and support from community members. By the 1970s, the library had outgrown its original building and plans began for a new building. The new library was named after William Maag, who had been a trustee of the University and the public library for many years. In 1971, the library became a Federal Depository for government documents. The library joined 8 other Ohio universities to form the OhioLINK resource-sharing consortium in 1993. Today, the library continues to support learning by providing instruction, resources, and facilities to meet students’ needs.
2) Thorne Library
Thorne Library provides the major bibliographic and information services and resources for the entire MVNU community, including the students enrolled in each of our Graduate and Professional Studies programs, and provides information for all the OhioLINK partners. It provides a high-quality collection of materials in many formats, including more than 123,000 print and non-print items, and maintains subscriptions to approximately 550 print periodicals and 8,300 electronic journals. Thorne Library also provides MVNU students, faculty, and staff with access to more than 180 research databases, as well as access to an additional 40 million items through its membership in OhioLINK.
3) Lakeland Library
The Lakeland Library is open to the public; founded in 1967 as a member of de LCC, Lakeland Community College was the first college in Ohio created by a vote of the people. To receive a library account, community borrowers should apply in person and present a valid State of Ohio Driver’s License or State of Ohio ID. All the members of the community and members of the OhioLINK can access all the information available at this library presenting a valid identification.
4) St. John Paul II Library
As part of the FUS community and important member of the OhioLINK share program, this library provides a great variety of services and resources for those members of the community and share program with valid IDs. Library materials may be checked out at the Circulation Desk. You can renew books electronically. The main library’s page provides campus-wide network access to OPAL, OhioLINK, and many other Internet-based information resources as well as additional information regarding library policies and hours.
5) Clara Fritzsche Library
While the Clara Fritzsche Library has seen many changes over the years, its mission remains the same: to offer a variety of resources and services to its students, faculty, alumni and the community. All the active members of OhioLINK (which it has been part of since 1988) can access its most important resources such as the art gallery, the special collections (Tolerance Resource Collection, Eastern Church Resource Center; local history collection), and all the services available at the main building.