2.9 Learning Resources and Services

Core Requirement 2.9: Learning Resources and Services

The institution, through ownership or formal arrangements or agreements, provides and supports student and faculty access and user privileges to adequate library collections and services and to other learning/information resources consistent with the degrees offered.  Collections, resources, and services are sufficient to support all its educational, research, and public service programs.

Compliance Partial Compliance Non-compliance


The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USF Sarasota-Manatee) provides and supports student and faculty access and user privileges to library collections and services and other learning/information resources both in-person and on-line and consistent with the degrees offered, as listed on the Degree Program Inventory. USF Sarasota-Manatee’s faculty and students conduct research and service in the same areas as the degrees offered. Because they have access to USF System library resources on-line, other content is also available to USF Sarasota-Manatee’s faculty and staff (e.g., engineering, healthcare). However, the content analysis provided here covers only those in which USF Sarasota-Manatee offers degrees.

Library Access and Agreements

On campus, USF Sarasota-Manatee has an Information Commons on the second floor of the main rotunda that includes equipment loan and software downloadsstudy spaces with computer workstations, and an Academic Resource Desk that provides library and technical support to students and faculty.

The institutions within the USF System, including USF Sarasota-Manatee, share library and information technology services through USF Libraries, with many services available from anywhere in the world (Memorandum of Understanding). USF Sarasota-Manatee pays an annual assessment to the USF System for services provided by USF Libraries, which totaled $166,163 in 2013-14. The 2014-15 cost has not yet been billed.  USF Libraries provide an extensive collection of on-line resources to which all USF Sarasota-Manatee students and faculty have access. These resources include 55,629 e-journals, 914 electronic databases and reference sources, 616,919 e-books, and 39 on-line datasets. Additional electronic collections include access to USF electronic theses/dissertations, image collections, digital archives, and oral histories.

USF Libraries is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), whose Center for Research Libraries Catalog provides students and faculty access to over five million rarely-held books, journals, and other primary-source materials from all over the globe and listed in the USF Libraries on-line catalog. USF Sarasota-Manatee students and faculty may search either the CRL Catalog on-line or the USF Libraries Catalog and request materials through InterLibrary Loan. The USF Libraries webpage provides how-to, interactive tutorials on finding and accessing USF Libraries resources and services.

The Jane Bancroft Cook Library, located a half-mile south of the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus,  is a shared resource for USF Sarasota-Manatee and New College of Florida (NCF) (Cook Library Management Agreement). This agreement sets out the goal, public identity, and administration of the Cook Library to be operated as a dual-use facility between NCF and USF Sarasota-Manatee. The agreement describes the shared nature of the costs to maintain and provide access to the collections (both on-line and print), the provision of services such as interlibrary loan, library instruction, circulation, and technical processing, and the responsibilities of staff and librarians. Cook Library houses the NCF and USF Sarasota-Manatee library collections. Technical Services at USF Libraries in Tampa processes any materials purchased by USF Sarasota-Manatee. After processing, Technical Services sends the materials to Cook Library for shelving. USF Sarasota-Manatee students have access to quiet and collaborative study spaces, computer workstations, wireless network, and reference services at Cook Library.

If they choose, USF Sarasota-Manatee students and faculty may also use the facilities and services of the other libraries within the USF System, including (USF Tampa Library), FMHI Research Library, Shimberg Health Sciences Library, and Poynter Memorial Library in St. Petersburg.

The libraries at all of Florida’s colleges and universities share library resources through the Library Borrowing Privileges Agreement, which guarantees that current USF Sarasota-Manatee students, faculty, and staff have borrowing privileges at other state university and community college libraries. This means that students taking courses at USF Sarasota-Manatee in North Port have access to the library collection on the State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota campus in Venice, just five miles away.

In 2013-14 USF Sarasota-Manatee’s total annual Library budget was $543,548, which included salaries for the Librarian and Library Assistant, the Cook Library costs of $297,314, and indirect costs of $166,163 assessed annually for services provided by USF Libraries based in Tampa and additional library materials to support the USF Sarasota-Manatee degree programs.

Library Space

USF Sarasota-Manatee students and faculty have convenient access to the learning resource facilities, noted in the table below, both in the Information Commons on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus and at Cook Library on the New College campus.

Library Space – Info Commons & Cook Library Square Footage
Stack areas for shelving volumes 26,628
Seating capacity 2,610
Staff offices and work areas 9,377
Other areas (e.g. media productions,
learning labs, and listening rooms)
Total square feet allocated to library functions 50,637

Library Staff

USF Sarasota-Manatee provides Librarian Support to students and faculty in-person in the Information Commons and the Cook Library and electronically for students in distance learning courses. The Faculty Coordinator of Library Services/Assistant Librarian (Librarian) (Fulkerson CV ), who holds a Master of Library Science (MLS) degree, has primary responsibility for library resource development, library instruction, and research assistance in support of students and faculty. The USF Sarasota-Manatee Librarian provides face-to-face library training in classrooms in Sarasota and North Port and online research help to students on and off-campus. In 2013-14 the USF Sarasota-Manatee Librarian provided research help to 450 students. She is assisted by the Library Specialist, who also serves students and faculty (Kelley CV). USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Librarian and Library Specialist are available to all students, on or off-campus via chat, email, phone, or in-person, as shown on the Ask a Librarian Webpage. Through the use of LibGuides, the Librarian is embedded into online courses. The Librarian uses Elluminate. Skype, or Google Hangouts to work synchronously with students enrolled in online courses. The Librarian and the Library Specialist both have private offices adjacent to the Information Commons at USF Sarasota-Manatee in order to assist students individually. USF Libraries notifies USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Librarian of any changes in the collection development policies, allowing the Librarian to provide input. In addition, the USF Sarasota-Manatee Librarian participates in librarian meetings with New College of Florida librarians and a weekly meeting with Cook Library administration.

Librarians, paraprofessionals, and support staff at Cook Library also support USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty and students. Library instruction sessions last from 30 to 60 minutes and focus on research skills. Library instruction sessions are offered to all students in undergraduate and graduate programs in all disciplines. In 2013-14 a total of 32 library instruction sessions were held with students.

The total numbers of library staff that serve both USF Sarasota-Manatee and Cook Library are included in the table below:

Library Staff # Full-time # Part-time
Librarians* 6 0
Para-professional staff 9 2
Support staff (technical, clerical) 3 0

*All hold Master of Library Sciences (MLS) degrees.

Ten (10) students per semester work approximately 450 hours over three (3) semesters (2014-15).

Library Holdings and Electronic Materials

The figures in the table below refer to Cook Library holdings and on-line materials provided by USF Libraries to which USF Sarasota-Manatee contributes. Cook Library holdings include materials purchased with funds from USF Sarasota-Manatee. The Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) State University Library Services’ collection management reports provide these figures. The book count for materials in the Cook Library belonging to USF Sarasota-Manatee is 1,279, as of September 30, 2014.  The records for these materials appear both in the USF Libraries Catalog and in the Cook Library Catalog.


 USF Libraries Holdings and Electronic Materials  2012-13  2013-14 Added Withdrawn Held at end of 2013-14
A.) Bound volumes 2,463,983 2,588,609 151,601 28,253 2,588,609
B.) Paid current periodicals 55,100 56,246 1,146 0 56,246
C.) Free current periodicals 32,054 32,831 777 0 32,831
D.) Current newspaper subscriptions Included in B & E
E.) Current serials subscriptions 55,100 56,246 1146 0 56,246
F.) Separate government documents Included in A-E
G.) Other electronic resources
–Number of e-journals purchased 51,793 55,629 3,836 0 55,629
–Number of electronic reference sources (including databases) 956 930 0 26 914
–Cost of electronic sources $6,031,574 $6,749,668  NA NA NA
–Number of e-books 588,857 616,919 28,062 0 616,919
–Number of business datasets  28 39 11  0 39

Library Support of Programs

Cook Library holdings are particularly strong in the humanities and social sciences and USF Sarasota-Manatee’s academic programs in these areas benefit from the Cook Library collections. Resource development by the USF Sarasota-Manatee Librarian has added materials in the areas of education, business, and hospitality management to support USF Sarasota-Manatee academic programs.

Content Area Classification Percent of Total Collection
D.C. L.C.*
Humanities & General Work 000, 100
200, 400
700, 800
A, B, M, N,
P, Z
Social Sciences 300, 900 C, D, E, F, G,
H, J, K, L
Physical Sciences, including mathematics 500, 599 Q-QE 6%
Biomedical Sciences 560, 599
R, S
Technology (Engineering) 600, 609
620, 699
T, U, V 2%
Unclassified Materials 1%

*Includes government documents classified with the Federal Depository Library Program’s  Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) numbers.

The tables below demonstrate how USF Sarasota-Manatee programs are supported by print monographs, e-journals, databases, and e-books. To do this analysis to provide evidence, approximate Library of Congress classification letters were used and matched to the program area. This analysis is not exact and only approximates coverage by format type due to the interdisciplinary nature of the programs and the overlap of resources in multiple categories.

Print Monographs in Cook Library by Approximate Discipline at USF Sarasota-Manatee
Program/Discipline Area New College Owns
USF Sarasota-Manatee
(Since 2007)
Anthropology 1,963 3
Art & Architecture 11,401 9
Biological Sciences 4,443 24
Business & Economics 12,490 158
Chemistry 2,839 1
Computer Science/IT 635 1
Education 3,017 690
Engineering & Technology 3,647 20
Geography & Earth Sciences 1,573 26
Hospitality Industry 179 58
Language, Linguistics, & Literature 53,492 243
Mathematics 5,653 11
Political Science 9,269 17
Psychology 5,524 76
Sociology/Criminology 11,549 227
Communication Sciences & Disorders 89 3

*Counts best represent those titles that hold call numbers which best approximate the categories in the table. These categories approximate the degree programs offered by USF Sarasota-Manatee. Also note that since 2007 USF Sarasota-Manatee is responsible for the purchase of its own monographs to support its programs. The title counts in the last column represent these additions since 2007 to the Cook Library collection.

E-Journals Available On-line to USF Sarasota-Manatee Faculty and Students
Discipline Areas/Programs Number of E-Journals
Arts and Humanities 8,221
Business 6,823
Education 1,837
Sciences (biology, chemistry, geology, engineering, etc.) 16,586
Health 7,560
Information Technology 1,855
Social Sciences 7,107
E-Books Available On-line to USF Sarasota-Manatee Faculty and Students
Discipline Areas/Programs Number of E-books
Applied Science 10,737
Biology 3,002
Chemistry 3,840
Communication Sciences & Disorders 19
Criminology/Criminal Justice 2,287
English 156,927
History 86,486
Information Technology 8,502
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 150,140
Psychology 7,279
Social Work 2,052
Gerontology 3,512
Business 12,040
Education 5,607
Hotel and Restaurant Management 67

Key On-line, Bibliographic Databases by Discipline/Program Area 



Academic search premier Expanded academic ASAP
Art full text FRANCIS (humanities & social sciences)
Art index retrospective Index to 19th-century American art periodicals
ART bibliographies General OneFile
Arts and humanities search International medieval bibliography – online
Bibliographie de civilisation médiévale Omnifile full text mega edition
Bibliography of the history of art



ABI/INFORM archive complete EconLit
ABI/INFORM databases General businessfile ASAP
ABI/INFORM dateline Hospitality & tourism complete
ABI/INFORM global LexisNexis academic
ABI/INFORM trade and industry PsychINFO (EBSCO)
Academic search premier TableBase
Access world news Wall Street Journal (Eastern ed.)
Business Insights Wall Street Journal (ProQuest historical backfile)
Business & industry Business Abstracts with full text
Business source premier



Academic search premier LegalTrac
CQ.com National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts
Criminal justice abstracts PsychINFO (EBSCO)
ProQuest Criminal Justice Search the NCJRS abstracts database
Criminology: a SAGE full-text collection Social sciences full text
Humanities & social sciences index retrospective  Sociology: a SAGE full-text collection
Index to legal periodicals full text



Academic search premier Humanities & social sciences index retrospective
Children’s Literature comprehensive database JSTOR Education
Education: a SAGE full text collection Linguistics & language behavior abstracts
Education full text Physical education index
Education index retro Professional collection
ERIC (OCLC FirstSearch) Sociological abstracts
Health & wellness resource center Web of science
Health reference center academic



Academic search premier Humanities full text
Annual bibliography of English language & literature, 1920- International medieval bibliography – online
Bibliographie de civilisation médiévale JSTOR Language and literature
Bibliography of American literature Literature compass
Book review digest plus Literature online
Chicano database Literature resource center
Ethnic newswatch MLA international bibliography
HAPI online Periodicals archive online
HLAS online Project Muse
Humanities & social sciences index retrospective



Abstracts in social gerontology MEDLINE (OCLC FirstSearch)
Academic search premier MEDLINE (Ovid)
AgeLine MEDLINE (ScienceDirect)
BioMed central PsycARTICLES
Expanded academic ASAP PubMed
Humanities & social sciences index retrospective Social sciences full text
LexisNexis academic Social sciences abstracts
MEDLINE (CSA ProQuest) Sociological abstracts



CLA Neuroscience abstracts Toxicology Abstracts
Health and wellness resources center Toxline
Health reference center Virology and AIDS abstracts
Human genome abstracts Web of Science
Medline Wiley Online Library



Academic search premier Humanities & social sciences index retrospective
Alternative press index Humanities full text
Alternative press index archive Index to 19th-century American art periodicals
Annee philologique Informe
Art full text Iter: gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Art index retrospective Literature resource center
MLA international bibliography
Bibliography of the history of art Philosopher’s index
Chicano database
Expanded academic ASAP



Academic search premier Humanities full text
Alternative press index Index to legal periodicals full text
Alternative press index archive International index to Black periodicals
America: history and life Iter: gateway to the Middle Ages & Renaissance
Annual reviews EBSCO eBook Collection
Arts and humanities search Periodicals archive online
CIAO Political science: a SAGE full-text collection
Essay and general literature index Project Muse
Expanded academic ASAP Readers’ guide full text
Historical abstracts Social sciences full text
History of science, technology, and medicine  Omnifile full text mega edition
JSTOR History  Worldwide political science abstracts
U.S. History in Context



Academic search premier Current contents connect
ACM digital library Engineered materials abstracts
Applied science & technology full text IEEE Xplore
ASCE research library Inspec (1898- ) (Engineering Village)
Compendex (1884- ) (Engineering Village) Inspec (1970-1999) (FCLA)
Inspec (2000- ) FCLA
Lecture notes in computer science
Computer and information systems abstracts Lecture notes in control and information sciences
Computer database National Technical Information Service



ABI/INFORM global MEDLINE (ScienceDirect)
Abstracts in social gerontology Nature Publishing Group
Academic search premier Periodicals archive online
Annual reviews PREMEDLINE
CSA neuroscience abstracts PsycARTICLES
Education: a SAGE full-text collection Psychology: a SAGE full-text collection
ERIC (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts) PsycINFO (EBSCO)
ERIC (OCLC FirstSearch)
ERIC (U.S. Dept. of Education) PubMed
Humanities & social sciences index retrospective Risk abstracts
MEDLINE (CSA ProQuest) Health & Safety Science Abstracts
MEDLINE (OCLC FirstSearch) Social services abstracts
MEDLINE (Ovid) Sociological abstracts



Academic search premier MEDLINE (ScienceDirect)
BioMed central PsycARTICLES
Health & wellness resource center
LexisNexis academic PubMed
MEDLINE (CSA) Social sciences full text
MEDLINE (OCLC FirstSearch) Social services abstracts
MEDLINE (Ovid) Sociological abstracts
EIS, digests of environmental impact statements
AGRICOLA Electronics & communications abstracts
Agricultural & environmental biotechnology abstracts Entomology abstracts
AIP conference proceedings Environmental engineering abstracts
Algology, mycology & protozoology abstracts Environmental sciences & pollution management
Animal behavior abstracts General science full text
Applied science & technology full text GeoRef
ASFA: aquatic sciences and fisheries abstracts IEEE Xplore
ASFA aquaculture abstracts Inspec (1896- ) (Engineering Village)
ASFA marine biotechnology abstracts Inspec (1970-1999) (FCLA)
ASFA. 1, Biological sciences and living resources Inspec (2000- ) FCLA
ASFA. 2, Ocean technology, policy & non-living resources IoP electronic journals
ASFA. 3, Aquatic pollution and environmental quality MathSciNet
Bacteriology abstracts NASA astrophysics data system
Bioengineering abstracts Plant science
Biological & agricultural index plus Pollution abstracts
Biological sciences ScienceDirect
Biology digest SciFinder Scholar
BioMed central Solid state and superconductivity abstracts
BIOSIS previews Turpion print & electronic journals
Compendex (1884- ) (Engineering Village) Water Resources Abstracts
Current contents connect Web of science
Ecology abstracts Zoological record



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Access world news ProQuest Congressional
Alternative press index National review (archive)
America: history and life Oceanic abstracts
Bibliographic index plu PAIS International
Book review digest plus Periodicals archive online
CQ.com Political science: a SAGE full-text collection
CQ researcher Pollution abstracts
CQ weekly Readers’ guide full text Mega
Environmental issues & policy Readers’ guide retrospective
Environmental sciences & pollution management Risk abstracts
Essay and general literature index Social sciences full text
Expanded academic ASAP Web of science
Facts on File World news digest Westlaw campus
General OneFile Omnifile full text mega edition
GeoRef Worldwide political science abstracts
Global Legal Information Network
Humanities  & social sciences index retrospective
Index to legal periodicals full text



Abstracts in social gerontology MEDLINE (Ovid)
MEDLINE (ScienceDirect)
Academic search premier MEDLINEplus
Access world news PREMEDLINE
AgeLine PsycINFO (EBSCO)
Criminal justice abstracts
ProQuest Criminal Justice Social sciences full text
Humanities & social sciences index retrospective Social services abstracts
LexisNexis academic Social work abstracts Plus
MEDLINE (CSA) Social work Abstracts Plus (EBSCO)
MEDLINE (OCLC FirstSearch) Sociological abstracts

Other Learning Support Services

The Academic Resource Desk in the Information Commons serves as the academic support one-stop for students and faculty at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Library Services works closely with the other Learning Support Services that the Desk supports:  Technology Services, E-Learning Services, and Tutoring Services.

Technology Services: Please see Comprehensive Standard 3.4.12: Technology Use for complete information on this service.

To support learning, research, and service on-site and off-site, Technology Services supports an advanced network of data, voice, video, and wireless technologies. An extensive upgrade to the entire WiFi network in the summer of 2013 impacted over 90% of the Sarasota campus; the remaining 10% was completed before fall 2015. USF Sarasota-Manatee requires students to provide their own laptop computers for course use (Laptop Requirements). In addition, on-campus students have access to three (3) wireless classrooms, the Open Use Computer Lab, and fourteen (14) open use computers located within the Information Commons. One computer located in the Information Commons has assistive software installed on it to assist students with disabilities. Students attending the USF Sarasota-Manatee at North Port site have two wireless computer labs and six (6) open use computers available.  At Cook Library, students have access to six (6) desk-top computer workstations, one of which provides assistive software for students with disabilities. Wireless access is also available in the library, allowing students to use their own laptop computers.

Led by the Director of Technology Services, the departmental team consists of two (2) event technology and support analysts, two (2) information technology support specialists, a network and server support specialist, three (3) part-time assistants (one located in North Port), and an office manager.  Technology Services manages the campus’ technology infrastructure to ensure access 24-hours-a-day, seven (7) days-a-week. The purpose of this infrastructure is to help the institution achieve the objectives of its academic programs and contains the following elements: High Speed Network; Wireless Network; Smart Classrooms; In-Class, Real-Time Support for Faculty; Data Center; Training Lab; Free Printing; and Equipment Loan.


The Assistant Director of E-Learning Services supports faculty, staff, and students, one-on-one and in group instruction. Reporting to the Assistant Director are two (2) Technicians, an Instructional/Multimedia Developer, and an Instructional Technologist, who assist faculty with online course development and technology support and students with technology support. Students enrolled in distance education courses can find resources and support through the E-Learning Services website. The E-Learning Services team also provide support to students with disabilities using assistive technologies.

Via live assistance and online tutorials, the Assistant Director coordinates with Student Services to deliver Canvas and technology training to all incoming students, including providing technical support on how to set up Net IDs, how to activate and forward e-mail, and how to use Canvas tools. A member of the E-Learning Services attends all student orientations and details resources available to all students, whether they are attending classes remotely or in-person. Students attending online orientation receive the same handouts as students who elect to participate in-person.


Learning Support Services provides free tutoring to all actively-enrolled USF Sarasota-Manatee students. This service is available as a result of funding provided by the Student Government Association and Academic Affairs. Tutoring services are offered in: Accounting, American Sign Language, Finance, Math & Statistics, Spanish, and Writing. The Tutoring Center is located adjacent to the Information Commons (Tutoring Schedule).