Reference service is provided by the staff in the Little Fine Arts Library. This includes assistance in the use of the online catalog, indexes, databases, bibliographies, and other reference materials. Consultations, tours, and library instruction sessions are provided for groups or individuals. In addition, reference help is available via telephone (859-257-2800), email: firstname.lastname@example.org and Young Reference online chat.
How do we provide research help?
The Library staff can provide help with fine arts research projects in a variety of ways. Patrons are always welcome to simply drop in to any campus library with quick (or not so quick) questions regarding library or database use, research strategies, or other library-related questions. All inquiries are welcome. Examples of common questions include: help needed with using our InfoKat Discovery service, finding sources, or choosing and using appropriate databases. Sometimes patrons just need help finding a place to start a particular project with the dizzying array of research materials now available. Although drop-ins are always welcome, if a client has a particularly complex question, it is recommended that he or she make an appointment for a research consultation. When this is done, the question can be paired with a subject expert who will take time to look into the issue in order to find appropriate materials and come up with strategies for researching it. Consultations can be held in any campus library or arrangements can be made to meet with faculty, staff, or graduate students in their P.O.T. offices.
There are many important print reference works in the Little Library collections, including biographical dictionaries, dictionaries of terminology, and specialized encyclopedias. Although the print reference works do not circulate, there are photocopiers, including a color copier, for your convenience. Many indexes, dictionaries and encyclopedias are available in electronic form. A digital microform reader provides access to the Library's microfilm and microfiche collection.