Library Purpose and Vision Statements
The library empowers the teaching mission and intellectual culture of the AUM community through availability to an organized collection of information, as well as instruction in its access, relevance and evaluation.
The library will actively engage with students so they may develop into information fluent, socially aware lifelong learners. Such learners will be able to critically evaluate information to make a difference in the world around them. By creating a welcoming physical and virtual space, the library will become an active and vibrant part of the AUM academic community.
About the Library
The Antioch University Midwest Library daily lives its stated mission of empowering “… the teaching mission and intellectual culture of the AUM community through availability to an organized collection of information, as well as instruction in its access, relevance and evaluation,” and the University Vision of “…fostering academic excellence and providing socially responsive, flexible, and innovative education programs for adult learners.”
Located in the second floor of the campus building, the library currently houses over 14,000 items, thanks in large part to generous donations from students, faculty, staff, Board members and others. The Antioch University Library Collection is housed among the circulating books, as well as the McGregor Thesis Collection. The Midwest Library is also home to several special collections: Paul Smoker / Kenneth Boulding Peace Studies Collection(s), the John Gardner Collection and the Don Wallis Memorial Collection. The majority of these Collections are available for circulation to the public, and material is often lent out to participating libraries through OhioLINK. The library provides walk-up access to 3 MACs and 5 PCs, as well as a shared b/w printer and copier/scanner.
Antioch University Midwest is an active member of OhioLINK; a consortium of 89 universities and colleges, several public libraries and the State Library of Ohio. Together, the member libraries and their students have access to nearly 50 million books, 17,000 e-journals, 100 research databases and 81,000 e-books, thousands of digital images and videos, as well as over 39,000 dissertations and theses from around the state. Any item not in OhioLINK may be requested through the University-wide We Deliver (Interlibrary Loan) program. The library shares in an automated integrated library cataloging system through being a member of the Ohio Private Academic Library (OPAL) system.
The Writing Center is located inside, but not run by, the library. Tutors are available both in-person as well as through the Virtual Writing Center for individual assistance regarding formatting, citation help, proofreading, general thesis development and suggestions for improving writing skills and confidence.
The Library Director is the primary point of contact for in-depth research assistance, and is in the library at least 40 hours a week. Such assistance can come in the form of drop-in questions, scheduled consultations, email questions and the like. Beyond the orientation tours, the librarian conducts classroom library instruction sessions at instructors’ request. These sessions are usually tailored around a specific class project, and provide an opportunity for students to have hands-on instruction directly relevant to the classroom assignment.