River Campus ARC to Be Repository for Arts Reference Materials


Photo of the Arts Resource Center at River Campus

Southeast student Lindsey Kohm browses research materials in the Arts Resource Center, located on the first floor in Room 103 of the Seminary Building at River Campus.


July 23, 2007 – What do Broadway musical scores, the complete works of Bach and Beethoven, artwork on slides, CDs, dance reference books and videos all have in common?

They are now all sharing a home in the new Arts Resource Center (ARC) at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The ARC, located on the first floor in Room 103 of the Seminary Building, brings together all of the reference holdings of the departments of art, music, theatre and dance into one location. Among the reference materials are books; Broadway musical and performance scores; CDs; videotapes; music, art, theatre and dance reference books; slides; and DVDs.

“We have brought them all together in one place where Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts students will have access to them,” said Dr. Gary Miller, director of the School of Visual and Performing Arts.  “It’s well-lit and offers easy access to materials. It’s inviting.”

Over the past several weeks, staff members and student workers have been cataloging, organizing and shelving materials in preparation for the fall opening of River Campus. Until now, the reference holdings were housed in several locations on the main Southeast campus. Music reference materials were located in the basement of Brandt Hall of Music. The departments of art and theatre and dance also “had their own repositories, but they weren’t catalogued in a grand sense,” Miller said.

“We’ve received excellent guidance from staff in Kent Library” who have helped in organizing and suggesting reference software for the ARC, Miller said.

The 1,675-square-foot ARC comprises two adjoining rooms with comfortable furniture, WI-FI access and 27 computer stations. The ARC also will serve as the computer lab for River Campus. Miller says the personal computers are being loaded with discipline specific software thanks to funding from a federal grant. The grant has allowed River Campus to purchase software to be used for a variety of special arts purposes such as music composition.

“This will be an open lab resource center,” Miller said, adding the ARC also will eventually feature an online library of slides.

A faculty supervisor and student employees will staff the ARC about 35 hours a week, Miller said.