Hours of Operation
|Sunday||3:30 – 10:00 pm|
|Monday||7:45 am – 9:30 pm|
|Tuesday – Thursday||7:45 am – 10:00 pm|
|Friday||7:45 am – 4:00 pm|
|Saturday||2:00 pm – 5:00 pm|
(all phone numbers are 610-989-xxxx)
|Director of Library Services||LTC Jean L. Smith, B.S., M.S.L.S.||x1364|
|Library Technician||Mrs. Morris||x1362|
|Librarian for Education Support||CPT Christine Ackerson||x1438|
|Study Hall Supervisor||Ms. Liz Keeney
Mr. Jeremy Angstadt
Access to Library Resources
The Library Catalog
All cataloged library materials are accessed from the Online Library Catalog using the Mandarin automated system. Library users may structure searches by subject, author, title, keyword, publisher, date of publication, series and other search criteria. Students receive instruction in use of the Online Library Catalog related to their course-based research and reading assignments. Faculty and librarians collaborate to develop bibliographies for students’ recommended and required reading.
VFMA&C is a member of the Private School Resource Exchange Program (PREP) and the Tri-State College Library Cooperative (TCLC), which enable students, faculty and staff to request items from other member schools in the Philadelphia area through interlibrary loan. VFMAC community members may also borrow from the collections of more than 3,000 libraries in the state through ACCESS Pennsylvania.
The Baker Library acquires library material in many formats: Book, Videotape and Videodisc, Audiotape, Online Database Subscription, Magazine Subscription, Map, Microform. All materials are processed into the collection in the Online Library Catalog database using Dewey Decimal Classification and Library of Congress Subject Heading Cataloging.
The General Collection contains approximately 80,000 volumes with collection depth in World and U.S. History, Military History and Character Development.
Special Collections and Archives
The May H. Baker Memorial Library has been the recipient of several donations in the area of military history and character development. Robin Lahiri generously donated funds to enhance our character development collection. Through AMSCUS (Association of American Military Colleges and Schools in the United States) the library received a large donation of military books from the collection of Major General Stan R. Sheridan. Dr. George P. Psihas also contributed his military collection as wee as memorabilia. Closer to home, COL Thomas Balish ’81, generously donated books from The Pentagon and The National War College. These collections will be housed in the newly refurbished Psihas Sheridan classroom.
The Library also has an extensive Reference Collection in both print and online formats. Access to more than two dozen online research resources includes general and subject-focused encyclopedias, full-text magazine/journal retrieval, librarian-recommended scholarly websites, research/writing tools, and reading promotion programs.
Acquisition of Library Resources
The librarians develop the library collection based upon the curricular linkage of the collection to the educational programs of the Academy and the College and the reading interests of the Corps of Cadets. Using a wide range of professional reviewing resources from both librarianship and the professional associations of other academic disciplines, we maintain a constantly updated purchase list for both immediate acquisition as well as long-term consideration.
Suggest a title: We are always pleased to receive suggestions for future acquisitions, whether a specific title/author or a general area of the collection in which you would like to have new items. Please contact LTC Smith with your suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations to the Library
The cadets and faculty have benefited greatly from the support of friends who have donated books and other materials to the library over the years. We are frequently contacted by family, alumni and friends who wish to donate new books. Sometimes it may be a specific title that has personal significance to the donor in honor or in memory of someone. At other times, supporters may wish to consider a set of titles of a timely nature.
Because the librarians maintain a “Wish List” for future acquisition, we always welcome the opportunity to discuss the library’s specific needs and interests with potential donors.
When donations in kind are made, the titles are evaluated to determine their relevance to the informational and educational needs of the students and faculty in relation to the curriculum and the personal reading interests of the cadets. Please contact the Director if you wish to donate collections of books or other media to the library.