Message from the Director

Welcome to the John B. Coleman Library

Rosie L. Albritton – M.L.S., Ph.D. Director, University Library Services

The Library Web-site is designed to keep the Prairie View A&M University community informed of resources, services, programs, and other innovative activities sponsored by the University Library.  I am pleased to welcome you to our “newly designed and upgraded” website. The library staff and I are excited about this brand-new-user-friendly design, and we know that you will be as well.  Thanks go to Mr. Karl Henson, Electronic Services Librarian, and his Web-Development Committee for an outstanding effort in getting this “new” site implemented in the short time since he recently joined the library staff in November 2006.
The John B. Coleman Library holds over 350,000 volumes, including over 800 print periodical titles with access to several thousand electronic full-text scholarly journals.  The library is also a participating member of a statewide database-sharing program know as TexShare, and a member of the Houston Area Research Libraries Consortium (HARLIC).  These multi-type library consortia provide online resource-sharing and reciprocal borrowing privileges.
Information is provided at several public service contact-points in the Library, including the Reference Desk, Circulation Desk, the Current Periodicals Desk, and the Information Desk. The Library is fully automated with terminals available for public use, and maintains a fully integrated library technology system to support all library operations and technical services. Reserve materials, audio-visual media, and equipment are available at the Circulation Desk.  The Special Collections Department on the 5th floor houses a number of unique collections, including the University Archives, and a rare book collection.  The Delco and African American Art Gallery occupies the 4th floor of the Library. The University Library is also responsible for providing Distance Library Services for the Nursing Program located in the Houston Medical Center, and for the Graduate Programs offered at the Northwest Center, in Spring, Texas.  The John B. Coleman Library building also accommodates several campus facilities that are not administered by Library personnel, including the Computer Lab (Room 210), the Tutorial Center (Room 208), and the Jazzman coffee-shop on the first floor.
Perhaps our most valuable resource is the dedicated and talented library staff.  Together they work to assist students and faculty with their research and information needs.  If you are unable to locate materials or encounter difficulty in using any resources, services, or part of the library, please ask for help from the library staff.  We strive to ensure that our students, faculty, staff, and other members of the University community have the necessary resources and materials.  With a variety of print collections and a growing list of comprehensive online resources, the John B. Coleman Library is experiencing a vital stage of “transformation.”  We will continue to develop a quality balanced collection from the ever growing world of print, while also maintaining a steady response to the technology of a rapidly changing world of networks, databases, and global Internet access.
Please remember that this is “your library!” Put the John B. Coleman Library to work for you, as we provide leadership in accessing and using information. As we pursue our mission, the University Library is committed to each of the following core values:  Change as Opportunity; Collaboration; Diversity; Integrity; Learning; and Service.


Dr. Rosie L. Albritton, M.A., M.L.S., Ph.D.
Director, University Library Services
Professor, Educational Media and Technology

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