Have a question? Ask your librarian online.

By January 6, 2015News & Events

Have a question? Ask your librarian online.

United States Sports Academy students can now receive assistance from reference librarians at the Academy library online even if they cannot visit the library in person. And the librarians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Anyone who needs help finding information may submit questions through a link on the library’s web site: https://ussa.edu/current-students/library-resources/. Questions are answered by Dr. Robert Hudson, Academy Library Director or by any librarian participating in our worldwide network of reference librarians.

“The service is very easy to use. All you do is click on the 24/7 Librarian button, and you’re on your way,” said Dr. Robert Hudson. “To better serve our students needs we are offering the 24/7 Librarian service. We now provide reference over the Web in addition to the more traditional modes of phone, fax, or in-person requests for information. Our reference service spans all hours of the day or night, whether or not the physical library is open. In fact, our library is never closed to people who need information – they just enter through a different door.”

The Academy Library provides this reference service through the QuestionPoint service, developed by OCLC Online Computer Library Center, the Library of Congress and the 24/7 Reference Cooperative. In addition to providing access to librarians 24 hours a day, the service also includes a global network of cooperating libraries that work together to provide authoritative answers to reference questions. If staff members at the Academy library are unable or unavailable to answer a question, it can be sent to experts at another library, even if those experts are across the country or around the world.

“Just think about all the possibilities,” said Dr. Hudson. “If you have a question about New Zealand, you could actually get your answer from an expert in New Zealand.”

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.