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Access to individual online journals

 

Australian E-Journal of Theology

http://dlibrary.acu.edu.au/research/theology/ejournal/aejt_6/lovat.htm
 
Health Progress

http://www.chausa.org/pub/mainnav/news/hp/archive/2006/default.htm 
 

Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=openurl&issn=15830039&genre=journal

 
National Catholic Reporter

http://ncronline.org/mainpage/archives.htm 
 
Quodlibet Journal of Christian Theology and Philosophy

http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=openurl&issn=15266575&genre=journal 

 
The Saint Anselm Journal

http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=openurl&issn=15453367&genre=journal 

 
Additional resources are available online with password authentication. All registered students and faculty may obtain this information from the Library Director.


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Library Hours & Security

The seminary library is open seven days a week during the school year. The hours are Monday to Friday from 8am to 11pm. On weekends the hours are 10am to 11pm.

Summer and school vacation hours are generally from 9am to 4pm. Any changes of hours are posted on the south door of the facility. After 5pm on weekdays and all day on weekends, entry into the library is through the west door with a code. The office staff is available from Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm.

Regular Hours

Monday - Friday   8 AM - 5 PM    5 PM - 11 PM
Saturday- Sunday 10 AM - 11 PM 


Oscar C. Schorp Library

 

Regular Hours

Internet Searching

General Patron Policies

Map of Library

History

SVDP Financial Aid

Former Librarians

 

Oscar C. Schorp Library

The newest structure at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary is the Library & Administration building on the far north end of the campus.

The late Mr. Oscar C. Schorp, who passed away in August of 1992, bequeathed the majority of his estate to the seminary. This bequest made it possible for the seminary to build this facility, which not only houses our library and computer center, but administrative offices, as well.

The library was dedicated in February 1996 by the Most Reverend John C. Favalora, Archbishop of Miami.

The collection currently consists of over 81,000 volumes, including more than 13,000 bound periodicals, 1,500 audiovisuals and 20 computer databases. There are also over 11,000 volumes in Spanish. The collection is currently housed within 17,500 square feet of the new building, excluding office and storage space.

The principal focus of collection development is in the area of graduate level theology and philosophy, in English and in Spanish, in all available media, which supports the primary mission of the Seminary - the training of Roman Catholic priests in a bilingual-multicultural program and environment.

Regular Hours

Days Library Open Code Lock Hours
Monday - Friday
(Beginning August 24, 2009)
8 AM - 5 PM 5 PM - 11 PM
Saturday- Sunday   10 AM - 11 PM

 

Internet Research

Library Catalog Click Here
Library Research Click Here

When conducting research on the Internet, there are three key strategies to remember: search, evaluate and utilize.

Searching Advantages

The Internet is a good resource to access information on current news, government and non-profit web sites, and recreation. It is free to search for people with access.

Searching Disadvantages

The Internet contains very little scholarly research. What can be found in the scholarly genre may not be reviewed, may not be organized, and may not be permanent.

Evaluation of Resources

Use the four Rs: Recent, Relevant, Reliable, Reason.

  • Recent - when was the information published or updated? Is there newer information?

  • Relevant - does the information answer your research question?

  • Reliable - who authored or sponsored the information? Has the information been reviewed? Are the claims made in the information supported by references? What do other resources say about the topic?

  • Reason - why was this information produced or made public? Does it justify a biased view?

  • Utilizing Resources Integrity - give proper credit to any information used in your research, even if it is not copyrighted. Anything you find on the Internet should be cited because, if you can find it, anyone else can.

  • Plagiarism can be avoided by developing good study habits. Take notes when you do research on the Internet, citing the web address, dates, author, article title, name of web site, name of publisher of the web site, the city where the publisher is located, and the date you accessed the web site. Manage your time well so you are not rushed.

 

Library Policies - Revised July, 2006)

GENERAL PATRON POLICY

Sound carries in the library.  Please be courteous to others who are studying and speak quietly when talking.  The use of beepers, pagers, cellular phones, games, televisions, or radios is not permitted in the facility.  When you enter the facility, please turn off the sound on all cell phones.  Portable radios or music players may be used with headphones in the computer lab or at one of the listening stations in the rear of the periodicals area.  Laptops computers may be used within the facility provided that the speakers are turned off.  Eating, drinking, and smoking are not permitted in the library.  This policy supports the research environment.  No food, drink, candy or gum may be brought in the library, wrapped or otherwise.  A waterfountain is located at the east end of the periodicals area for your convenience but no water should be carried to a study area.



LIBRARY HOURS AND SECURITY

The seminary library is open seven days a week during the school year.  The hours are Monday to Friday from 8am to 11pm.  On weekends the hours are 10am to 11pm.  Summer and school vacation hours are generally from 9am to 4pm.  Any changes of hours are posted on the south door of the facility.  After 5pm on weekdays and all day on weekends, entry into the library is through the west door with a code.  The office staff is available from Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm.

LENDING POLICY

All library materials exist for the benefit of all students and faculty, present and future of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary.  Materials may be borrowed only by faculty, permanent deacon candidates, and registered students.
 
GENERAL COLLECTION

Only those materials in the general collection may be borrowed and checked out of the library. Reference materials, periodicals, computer programs and reserve books may not be taken from the library facility.  A copy machine is available to students who need to make copies of information in these materials.
 
VERTICAL FILE MATERIALS

Adjacent to the Audiovisual Collection is the Vertical File collection, which consists of documents and pamphlets too small to be catalogued.  These may be borrowed the same as books.  Yellow cards at the circulation desk are used to sign out individual documents from the Vertical File collection.
 
DUE DATE FOR MATERIALS BORROWED

Most items in the general collection may be borrowed for the entire semester. Some are limited to a two or four week period. For example, videotapes and DVDs as well as music CDs may only be borrowed for a two weeks.Please take note of the due date for borrowed items when you sign the card and drop it at the circulation desk. 
 
HOW TO CHECK OUT MATERIALS

In the back of a book or audiovisual item, there is a book card.  Please print clearly both your first and last name on the first available line on that card.  Then, put down the date you are checking out the material.
 
Place that card in the box on the circulation desk. The technical services librarian will remove the cards each day and check the items out on the computer.  Please remember to print legibly both your first and last name for each item you check out.  There are no limits as to the number of items you may check out at one time.
 
HOW TO RETURN MATERIALS

Borrowed items may be returned by placing them in the slot on the side of the circulation desk or in the book cart located inside the rear door of the library.  There is no longer a book cart located outside the library due to past damage from exposure to humidity. It is preferred that library materials be returned to the circulation desk.
 
OVERDUE NOTICES AND RENEWALS

The technical services librarian prepares weekly overdue notices and places them in student and faculty mailboxes. During seminary holidays these may be mailed to a home address. Please check your mailboxes regularly and either renew or return overdue items promptly. During the school year students may renew items as long as they are not on hold for another student or faculty member. All items must be returned by the end of the spring semester before summer vacation.



 
LOST OR DAMAGED MATERIALS

In fiscal year 2006, the average cost of any book purchased was $27.80. Scholarly books and audiovisual materials tend to cost more.  Keep this in mind when you borrow materials since you are personally responsible for returning them in good condition.  Before you leave the seminary and prior to summer vacation you will need to return all borrowed materials and pay for any materials which are lost or damaged.
 
RESERVES

Materials placed on reserve by faculty are to be treated as reference materials. The reserve material must be returned to the reserve shelf within 2 hours so others may have access. Only videotapes placed on reserve may be taken from the library facility for viewing.  However, these must be returned the same day or the morning of the following day.
 
RARE BOOKS

The rare book room is kept locked. It is only available for use while the staff is present in their offices. These books are irreplaceable and may not be accessed except in the rare book room itself.  Ask one of the staff if you would like to access these materials and let a librarian know when you plan to vacate the room.
 
INTERLIBRARY LOANS

Requests for materials that are not in our collection are handled by the Library Director. There may be a delay of two weeks or more to receive any material ordered so take that into consideration before making an interlibrary loan request.  Also, there may be a fee of up to $5.00 per item to reimburse the expenses of the lending library. Returning an interlibrary loan item late will also result in additional fees. Moreover, in order to submit an interlibrary loan request, you must not have any overdue materials charged against your name.
 
LIBRARY COPY MACHINES

There are two photocopiers located in the copy machine room in the periodicals area of the library. One is coin operated and one uses copy cards.  The coin operated machine uses silver coins and dollar bills. Pennies, dollar coins, half dollars and foreign coins will jam that machine.  You may see the periodicals librarian or library director for change or assistance is using that machine. The other machine uses copy cards which may be renewed. Copy cards are available for $5.00 each from any of the library staff. If you wish to obtain change, purchase a preprogrammed card in an amount other than $5, or renew your copy card, please see the library director.  The $5 card is programmed to make 72 copies, the $10 for 144 copies and a $20 card for 288 copies.
 
STUDY CARRELS AND STUDY TABLES

There are 36 study carrels in the library which may be reserved for a period of one academic year by any registered student.  These are located in the periodicals area of the library. To reserve a study carrel, please see the periodicals librarian.  Bound periodicals may be placed on study carrels on the shelf so they are visible to the library staff. Books left in the carrels must have been checked out first. Reference materials, current periodicals,reserve books, and audiovisual materials may never be left in the carrels. Study tables may be used for private study also but may not be reserved for longer than one day.  Leave your name on the table.  Be sure that all books left on a study table have been checked out first. Any items not checked out will be shelved.
 
STUDY ROOMS

The study rooms are designed for use by small groups on a temporary basis. Only study carrels or tables may be used by individuals.  Study rooms are kept locked and may be opened by library staff at the request of students. Any materials left in study rooms may be removed by the library staff without notification. Please keep study room furniture in order and place all trash in the can located inside before vacating the room.
 
LIBRARY COMPUTERS, PRINTER, AND MICROFORM READER

All computers in the library use the login croom and the password vincent.The library computer located at the reference and circulation desk are to be used for searching library holdings only.  The computer located on the floor in the periodicals area is used to search periodical databases. Computers in the computer lab are designed for word processing or searching loaded compact disks. Attempting to use any of these computers beyond their specified purpose could cause problems for you and the next person who needs to use them. Ask for assistance if you encounter a problem using any of the library's computers.
 
In order to use the printers in the computer lab you need to provide your own paper or purchase a package of 500 sheets for $3 from the library director.  If a printer cartridge needs to be replaced or you encounter any problems with printing, please see one of the library staff. The microform reader/printer accepts dimes only for ten cent copies.  The machine does not make change.
 
TELEPHONE LOCATED ON CIRCULATION DESK

The telephone located on the library circulation desk is available primarily as an emergency phone.  Please do not use it for your personal phone calls.  If you need to use it, please be sure to speak quietly and for a short duration.

 

Map of Library

Click here to download the map of the Library.

Legend

Blue section is General collection

Orange section is Reference

Green section is Periodicals

Pink section is Audiovisual

A= Main entrance B= West entrance C= Circulation desk
D= Staff offices E= Rare book room F= Restrooms

Access to individual online journals
 
Australian E-Journal of Theology

http://dlibrary.acu.edu.au/research/theology/ejournal/aejt_6/lovat.htm
 
Health Progress

http://www.chausa.org/pub/mainnav/news/hp/archive/2006/default.htm 
 

Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=openurl&issn=15830039&genre=journal

 
National Catholic Reporter

http://ncronline.org/mainpage/archives.htm 
 
Quodlibet Journal of Christian Theology and Philosophy

http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=openurl&issn=15266575&genre=journal 

 
The Saint Anselm Journal

http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=openurl&issn=15453367&genre=journal 

 
Additional resources are available online with password authentication. All registered students and faculty may obtain this information from the Library Director.

 

History

The newest structure at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary is the Library & Administration building on the far north end of the campus. If you've been to the campus, you have undoubtedly seen this building. It is a wonderful addition and a significant resource.

However, not many know who made this campus addition possible. The late Mr. Oscar C. Schorp, who passed away in August of 1992, bequeathed the majority of his estate to the seminary. This bequest made it possible for the seminary to build this facility, which not only houses our library and computer center, but administrative offices, as well.

The new library was dedicated in February 1996 by the Most Reverend John C. Favalora, Archbishop of Miami. The collection and furnishings were moved into the new facility in May 1996 and the new library was ready for use upon the commencement of the fall semester, August 1996. Since occupying the new library, more than 16,000 volumes have been added and it is anticipated that there will be sufficient space for approximately 25 years of uninterrupted collection development.

The collection currently consists of over 75,000 volumes, including 13,000 bound periodicals, 1,200 audiovisuals and 26 computer databases. The collection is currently housed within 17,500 square feet of the new building, excluding office and storage space.

The architect was Spillis, Candela and Associates of Coral Gables and the contractor was Rick Mouw of Delray Beach. The former library has been renovated into office and classroom space.

The principal focus of collection development is in the area of graduate level theology and philosophy, in English and in Spanish, in all available media, which supports the primary mission of the Seminary- the training of Roman Catholic priests in a bilingual-multicultural program and environment.

SVDP Financial Aid

Financial aid for seminarians is usually provided through the vocations office of his respective diocese. St Vincent de Paul Seminary participates in the Direct Loan program.   A financial statement must be submitted and a needs analysis is made by the Federal Student Aid Processor (FAFSA).

To qualify for a student loan, a student must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis. E mail finaid@svdp.edu for more information.

Students new to the Direct Loan program must complete entrance counseling at http://www.dl.ed.gov    then apply for a loan at http://www.dlenote.ed.gov.  Repayment of loans begins six months after graduation, withdrawal or dropping below half time.

The seminary recommends that seminarians receive counseling from their Ordinary or Vocation Director prior to applying for a student loan. The seminary also recommends that students do not apply for loans exceeding $4,000 per academic year, bearing in mind the earning potential of a diocesan priest and his ability to repay.

 

Former Librarians

Leslie W. Sheridan 1967-1972
Charles F. Quinn 1972-1974
James Maney III 1974-1979
Rev. John A. Crowley 1979-1983
Brother Frank Mazsick 1983-1987
José L. Romo 1988-1996



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