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Two Universities, One Library: Access Through a Single Portal Presentation Transcript
LibGuide for NAU Students at the
Phoenix Biomedical Campus Library
Two Universities, One Library: Access Through a Single Portal
Jessica Cole, MLIS, AHIP
Introduction & Purpose
The Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC)
Library is used by both Northern Arizona
University (NAU) and University of Arizona
(UA) students, and it contains physical and
electronic resources from each university
under one roof. Electronic resources of NAU
and UA are available to NAU students while
they are physically located on campus.
The Question: How can we provide access to
all of the NAU & UA resources for NAU
students at PBC in the absence of a website
specific to this unique library? A LibGuide was
created to simplify access to electronic
resources. This poster presents a work-in-
The Goal: Provide access specifically to the
Health Sciences resources of both university
libraries in one place. This effort was
undertaken to allow NAU students to become
familiar with the resources available to them
in this new and unique setting, without
requiring them to navigate and understand
two different library systems and websites.
University of Arizona
Arizona Health Sciences Library (AHSL)
Health Sciences “Top Resources”
available from library site
Northern Arizona University
Navigation to Health Sciences
Resources from library site
• LibGuides are easy to create and have been a
major help in simplifying access to resources
and supplying NAU-PBC students with PBC
• With two institutions and multiple networks
and systems, access to resources and the
troubleshooting of technology issues in
general are more complex at PBC. We have
learned to communicate with Information
Technology personnel from each institution
when access and technology issues arise.
About the Campus
NAU is partnering with UA at PBC, where
students in healthcare fields train side-by-
side. The campus spans 28 acres in
downtown Phoenix. The first NAU-PBC
graduate students began their studies at
the Phoenix campus in August 2012.
NAU User Experience @PBC
PBC LibGuide for NAU Students
User Experience @PBC
NAU User Experience @PBC
A new PBC Library Director will come
on board in 2013 or 2014 and help
shape the future of this unique library
setting. Collaboration between UA &
NAU continues, and the future is bright!
Focus: Health Sciences
library spares students from
sifting through other
subjects. Minimal clicks to
most frequently used
databases & e-resources.
Access: NAU students can
only access AHSL resources
at PBC, not from home.
Service Information: Does
not apply to NAU students.
(AHSL ILL not available.)
Access: 24/7 from anywhere
through NAU authentication.
Focus: Hundreds of subjects.
Many clicks to find Health
Partially accurate for PBC
students (Document Delivery
provided by Cline Library;
“My Library Account”
information is N/A at PBC.)
Focus: Health Sciences databases from
NAU & UA listed in one place.
Access: All resources accessible from
campus. NAU resources available 24/7,
but UA links won’t work off-campus.
Service Information: Specific to the PBC
Library and this campus, with applicable
information from Cline Library carried
over for easy access to request additional
Usage is high, and student feedback has been
positive. Between September 2012-2013, the
LibGuide was accessed by its 50 NAU-PBC
student users a total of 1732 times.
25 NAU students
were surveyed about
which library website
they start from when