Category Archives: Library

The Library is Your Friend

I think I can speak for the majority of us when I say I don’t go to the library, period.

I love to read, but I never find myself eager to want to stop by and see what the Library has. After doing some searching around on the web about what the Library could do for us, whether it’s for stimulating the brain or using the resources for coursework, I found reasons on why your local Library should be like your local book shop – a great place to get lost for a few hours.

162_6291First and most importantly, chat it up with the librarian — she clearly knows more than yourself, especially if you are not a frequent visitor.  Also, become familiar with locations of books such as fiction, non-fiction, or biography’s. That way you won’t waste your time walking around in circles and end up with nothing but a headache.

Another cool attribute in today’s technology is that we now have the ability to read a book on our smart phones, computers, Kindles ©, and all types of electronics, which I feel is pretty awesome — although I do love the smell of an old library book!

Ask your librarian, or google books that may interest you, and check to see if they can be downloaded onto whatever device you choose.

Lastly, an important detail is that you can check what kind of books your library holds by checking out P.I.T.’s website at my.pit.edu and going into Academic Resources, which I feel every school’s website must have. You can use P.I.T.’s Online Library to access Research and Subject Guides created for your use by P.I.T.`s Librarians, and find articles, reference sources, e-books, and other digital resources. Just search different topics you may want to learn more about.

So, next time you want to blow the library off for an afternoon of your favorite cartoon re-run, stop on over and explore everything this romance, educational, murder mystery, and “how to” book filled extravaganzas has to offer for your personal and learning interest!

ABCs of the P.I.T. Library

    Welcome, or welcome back! You’ve survived placement testing, financial aid, registration, orientation, figuring out your commute, and possibly your first day of class. So, now what? Well, a good place to start is the Library. The Library is the place to be to study for classes, do your research, use a computer, and get the assistance you need to do all those things. The Library can also offer you options for your down time

   If you’re new around these parts, here are a few pointers to get you oriented:

  • If  you haven’t seen it yet, the P.I.T. Library is located in the former chapel…stained glass windows and all. It is a beautiful and inspiring place to study or do research.
  • The P.I.T. Library is located on the Media campus, adjacent to the Admissions Office. Turn left into the hallway just past the receptionist and the follow the ← arrow sign.
  • If you are a Media student, the Library is where you come to get your photo      ID card which also serves as your Library card.
  • Center City (CC) students are welcome to travel to the Media campus to use the Library (remember to bring your ID card with you).
  • ALL students have access to all of the Library’s electronic resources from our Online Library webpage from any computer on campus. For off-campus access, you need to pick up a copy of the passwords in the Library, the CC Student Resource Center, or contact the Librarian for a copy.
  • While we don’t maintain total silence in the Library, we do ask that you be      considerate of the other users and keep your conversations low. Our beautiful high ceiling does cause sounds to carry throughout the Library.
  • Media Students: If you and your friends want a place where you can talk about your project with less concern about disturbing other students, visit the Student Innovation Center located on the Mezzanine level of the Technology Center.
  • Want to take home books or DVDs? See the Librarian to check them out with your P.I.T. ID card.

   Still confused? The Librarian is available to assist by phone, e-form, email, or fax — or just stop on by the Library to speak to the Librarian. Can’t wait to meet you!

College Success Tips

Success in college involves more than just attending class and reading textbooks. To succeed in college, you need to plan ahead, be organized, and take advantage of all of the resources and services that your college has to offer you.

The following tips will help you make the most of your college experience!

Get to Know Your College

  • Visit your college’s website

Your college has its catalog online and every department will be represented on it or they may have their own websites to describe their services. Take responsibility for learning all you need to know to navigate through college.

  • Follow your college on social media

Many colleges participate in Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, and other social media sites. Be sure to like and/or follow your college on their sites and to read their posts. These are great ways for you to find out what is happening at your college, share what you are doing at college, and share this information with your friends and family.

  • Familiarize yourself with the campus

Take an extensive tour of the campus. The Admissions Office often provides tours, but after you are enrolled feel free to roam the campus yourself. You may need to ask directions occasionally, but this is a great way to figure out the locations of specific classrooms or labs, the Library, the café, other study areas, computer labs, faculty offices, etc. You’ll also have a chance to meet a lot of the key people on campus!

Use Available Resources

  • Use the Library

Despite the availability of online information, use your college Library. It subscribes to otherwise unavailable journals and databases that will be invaluable to your studies. Book and media resources are also useful to your research.

Your college Library offers numerous services that will assist you. Perhaps the most important resource at your college Library is the Librarian(s). Ask them for assistance. They are experts at locating hard-to-find information.

  • Meet with your Academic Advisor early and often

Your Academic Advisor is usually a faculty member from your program of study. Make regular appointments with your academic advisor to discuss graduation requirements, program options, required and elective courses, and possible co-op or internship options.

  • Meet with your Academic Support and Financial Literacy Counselor regularly

Your Academic Support and Financial Literacy Counselor is available to provide educational counseling as well as counseling for personal development and financial literacy, including a clear understanding of the Satisfactory Academic Progress or SAP policy, to assist students in attaining academic success. Your Counselor will be your cheerleader, coach, and (as needed) taskmaster.

Students are encouraged to avail themselves of the services of an Academic Support and Financial Literacy. Time management, goal setting, and academic progress are reviewed regularly according to individual student needs.

  • Speak to a job placement counselor about your future

The job placement counselor can assist you as you prepare to find a job during school or after you graduate.

Career staff can assist you with cover-letter and resume writing, mock interviews, job leads for vacant positions, and reviewing application materials.

Make Smart Decisions

  • Learn your college’s rules and regulations

Take time to review your college’s academic integrity code, alcohol and drug policies, institutional regulations, and rules for your specific program. These are all available through your college’s website, often within the Student Handbook. Violations can result in warnings, failed grades, or expulsion.

Claiming “I didn’t know” doesn’t cut it in college. You will be expected to behave as an adult.

  • Maintain accurate records

Keep a file that contains hard copies of all college-related paperwork, including transcripts, placement test results, course syllabi, graded assignments (including papers, quizzes, and tests), financial aid information, grade reports, etc. You want your own “paper trail” in case online records are compromised.

  • Review and evaluate your online presence

Almost everyone has access to your online identity, including potential employers, landlords, scholarship committees, and others.

Select your privacy settings wisely, and think long and hard about what you post. You want to ensure that an online search does not reveal content that will damage your reputation or limit your opportunities.

Keep Your Safety and Security in Mind

  • Include I.C.E. numbers on your cell phone

Program your cell phone with “In Case of Emergency” (I.C.E.) numbers. Include the three people you want contacted in an emergency. Add the phone number of the office that handles your college’s safety and security issues. If you commute on public transportation, add their emergency security number to you contact list, too.

  • Guard against theft

Never leave textbooks, laptops, cell phones, chargers, keys, or anything of value unattended in a dining area, classroom, or library.

Take photos of valuable items and check with your insurance provide about your coverage in the event of theft, loss, or damage.

If you do lose something, notify the appropriate office on campus and check with lost and found. Hopefully, you’ll find the item wasn’t stolen, but rather turned in by someone who thought it was lost or abandoned.

  • Back up everything

Computers and thumb/USB drives get lost, stolen, or corrupted. Remember to back up all of your important documents on a cloud back-up system, an external drive, or by emailing yourself document attachments. If your college provides you with storage on the campus computer network, you can use that as another place to keep an extra copy of your documents.

Create Your Own Plan

  • Create your own customized academic plan with your Academic Support and Financial Literacy Counselor. You can even create a career plan by working with a career counselor.
  • Select a course of study that you find interesting and even challenging. Be sure that it provides appropriate and fulfilling career opportunities.
  • Develop a timeline for completing all of the required and elective coursework. Meet with your counselors on a regular basis to review and update the timeline as necessary.
  • Search out career-related internships and/or part-time jobs to gain experience and skills that will complement your major. Talk to the faculty in your program about internships that they know about.

Remember to include your internship(s) and part-time job(s) on your resume. Any good experience in your field is better than no experience when you search for a full-time job.

  • Improve your leadership skills by actively participating in student organizations and community service.
  • Make an effort to improve your writing, public speaking, and computer skills. These skills will serve you for your entire life and in all aspects of your life.