The University Library
Library collections and services are housed in a spacious complex that includes the Rose Memorial building and the Learning Center, which also houses the Lena C. Coburn Media Resource Center. Across the courtyard is the national United Methodist Archives and History Center, administered by the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.
The Library provides reference assistance and instruction in research methods. The Library Web page serves as a portal to the online catalog, many electronic reference and research resources, and library catalogs of other New Jersey, national, and international institutions.
The collection includes some 558,000 bound volumes, more than 378,000 microforms, and about 2,600 periodical subscriptions in paper form. The Library also provides a wide range of electronic resources, including full-text sources and access to more than 14,000 periodical titles by way of electronic database subscriptions. Since 1939, the Library has been a selective depository for U.S. government publications, and it also collects the official documents of the United Nations and the state of New Jersey. There are over 524,000 documents in the collection.
A substantial reference collection in electronic and print format features bibliographies and the most recent encyclopedic sources in numerous subject areas. Periodical holdings span the academic spectrum in support of student and faculty research. A special collection of chemistry reference materials and periodicals, for use in conjunction with laboratories and research, is housed in the Hall of Sciences.
The holdings of the Drew Library, coupled with the Archives of the United Methodist Church, form the most comprehensive collection of global Methodism anywhere in the world. This collection is a rich repository of primary documents and artifacts on the religious, cultural, and social history of England and America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Library’s holdings have been enriched by the libraries and papers of Professors Carl Michalson, Will Herberg, and George D. Kelsey. The Hymnology Collection numbers over 7,000 volumes, of which some 4,000 are Methodist and related works; 3,000 are non-Methodist. More than 25 countries and 20 languages are represented. The Maser and Prinster Prayer Book collections contain numerous editions of the Book of Common Prayer, many from the period of early printing, which complement the Library’s considerable holdings in prayer book history and criticism.
The Library has recently acquired the George Fraser Black Witchcraft collection, which contains two editions of the celebrated Malleus Maleficarum, the Latin edition ( Frankfurt, 1580), and the first English translation published in 1928 in a limited edition with introduction, bibliography and notes by Montague Summers. The Loyd Haberly Book Arts collection contains many examples of fine press books as well as works on typography, binding and illustration. The Harry A. Chesler Collection of Cartoon and Graphic Satire combines rare primary materials for nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe and America with secondary works of history and commentary.
The University Archives is located in the Library and maintains selective records that document the history of the University. An extensive photograph collection provides researchers with historical and current images of the University.
All full-time students are required to have a notebook computer, and the College provides a standard model, configured for the campus network, that students are expected to purchase unless they receive an individually approved exemption. Student computers are used both in class and outside of class for academic productivity as well as for personal productivity, and the campus network is designed to support academic courses, with shared space available to students and faculty in each course and software provided through the network for use in many courses. The departments of Computing and Network Services and Instructional Technology Services function as the main resources for support, training and use of computing and media facilities. They provide training in the use of computing and network resources during the initial weeks of the first semester in residence and additional year-round training on a posted schedule. An on-campus computer repair shop and software/network help desk provide support for College standard hardware, software and the campus network.
E-mail and Internet access are provided through the campus network. Each occupant of the College residence halls has use of an individual network port, and there are additional ports in classrooms, residence hall lounges, the library, and other public areas. Wireless networking is installed in the Library, University Center, University Commons and most academic buildings. The Academic Computer Center in the basement of Brothers College includes a help-desk, a computer classroom used for training and to accommodate several College courses; special labs that provide hardware and software beyond the level of student portable computers; and a multimedia lab that provides access to scanners, video capture, and a variety of computer graphics and visual tools. A faculty lab facility assists the faculty in preparation of digital materials for use in teaching and provides the faculty with current information and assistance in developing their use of technology in teaching. Over forty classrooms are equipped with digital projectors; most have wireless network access; and some have data ports at each seat, enabling students to use their notebook computers productively in many courses.
Computing and Network Services and Instructional Technology Services staff members provide services including instruction, hardware, software, media and network support and development, and guidance for faculty and students. These services are designed to facilitate teaching and enhance the learning experience at Drew. The staff includes students who work at the media center, help desk, training resource center, and faculty lab.
The Coburn Media Resource Center, on the basement level of the Learning Center, provides audiovisual resources to the University community, including video editing equipment. The University’s broadband television service is operated from the Media Resource Center.
Language Resource Center
A multimedia language resource center is located adjacent to the Academic Computer Center in the basement of Brothers College. Constructed in 1995 with the aid of a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the LRC contains multimedia computers that support foreign language word processors, software for learning languages at many levels, and integrated video and audio resources. The center is staffed by student assistants from the various language departments.
The Writing Center
The Writing Center affords Drew students special assistance with writing assignments throughout all stages of the writing process. Writing consultants aid students in getting started, developing content, organizing ideas, and revising. They help with research and documentation, essay test-taking, resume writing, and letters of application. The assistance is based primarily on one-to-one tutorial help, but the Center offers some group workshops and maintains a resource library of writing manuals and computer software. The Writing Center is located in Brothers College.
The Career Center
The Career Center assists Drew students in all phases of their career development by providing individual career counseling, vocational testing, First-Year Seminar presentations, job search skills workshops, and full-time job interview opportunities. Alumni and other guest speakers make presentations throughout the year to describe career possibilities, and students can use an excellent career library to research career fields.
Employers from businesses, government, education, and nonprofit organizations work with the Career Center annually to interview graduating seniors. The Career Center also maintains a Web site of job openings in a variety of fields.
The Career Center provides general advice and information on postbaccalaureate study, but students contemplating continued education should also meet with faculty members and special advisers in the College. Special pre-professional committees and programs are available to support students on the Career Development webpage.
Each year, College students undertake more than 160 internship projects, which are coordinated by the Academic Internship Office, located in the Career Center. Students interested in internships should meet with the internship coordinator. Review the Career Development webpage for more information on internships and the Federal Community Service program.
The Off-Campus Student Employment Office is also located in the Career Center. Hundreds of part-time job opportunities are available in the local area each year.