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B.S. in Actuarial Science

Otterbein University Course Catalogs

2008-2009 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 21, 2021  
2008-2009 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Library and Academic Support Programs

Courtright Memorial Library

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The Mission of the Courtright Memorial Library is to actively engage in and contribute to the teaching, learning and research needs of the entire Otterbein community. As intellectual partners in the quest for knowledge, the library staff provides access to information, develops a diverse collection, and nurtures critical thinking skills to develop self sufficient, lifelong learners.

The Courtright Memorial Library includes over 400,000 books, periodicals, microforms, federal government publications, videotapes, DVDs, CDs, CD-ROMs, electronic resources, and other instructional materials to support the curricular and co-curricular needs of students, faculty, and staff of Otterbein College. Both print and non-print materials (such as DVDs/videotapes) are shelved together to make it  easier to find related items. The library offers laptop computers, data projectors, digital cameras, digital camcorders, and other equipment for checkout to the Otterbein College community. There are three computer labs located within the building and wireless connectivity is available throughout the library facility. Sarah’s Corner, our new renovated children’s area, was dedicated in September 2006 and is located on the lower level of the library.

In the summer of 2004, the entrance to the library was redesigned and a coffee shop (named “The Otter Bean Café”) and four classrooms were constructed. The Otter Bean Café, which is operated by the Campus Food Service, provides food, beverages, wireless connectivity, and comfortable seating.

The library is a part of a consortium of 24 private colleges, called OPAL. OPAL provides a shared online catalog, circulation, reserve, and cataloging system. The system can be accessed through the college network or internet providers from computer labs, homes, offices, or dormitories. Membership in OPAL allows Otterbein to belong to the statewide consortium called OhioLINK. Through OhioLINK membership, students, faculty, and staff may request materials from other Ohio academic libraries, either electronically or by visiting that library. Any items not owned by another Ohio academic library can be obtained through resource sharing agreements via Interlibrary Loan. Membership in OhioLINK also provides access to a growing number of electronic resources,  including indexes (such as Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, Lexis-Nexis, ERIC, Medline, and Cinahl), electronic journals and electronic  books.

The library staff strives to provide the best service possible to help students, faculty, staff, and community users find the information they require. Reference assistance is available both in the library and remotely. Please contact us by visiting the library or by phone, email, instant messaging and/or virtual chat reference.

Information about the library is available via the World Wide Web at (or and select library).

Academic Support Center

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The Academic Support Center provides a variety of academic support services. The Writing Center provides drop-in consultation on writing projects in any subject area at any level. The Center, staffed  by students and professionals, is open to all students who want to develop and refine their writing skills. The Math Lab provides assistance with math homework or concept review. It is staffed by student and professional tutors who are available for extended hours each day. Noncredit individualized assistance from the professional staff is offered in areas such as time management, exam preparation, effective reading techniques, note-taking, and math study skills. For students with English as a second language, please refer to the Nursing Department Policy for Extra Time on Examinations.

Disability Services

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The Office for Disability Services (ODS) at Otterbein College is charged with ensuring that all qualified students with disabilities have equal access to an education and to campus life. This access is provided to students through the provision of legally mandated (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act) services, accommodations, and advocacy. ODS provides services to students with obvious physical disabilities such as visual impairments, hearing impairments and mobility impairments as well as to students diagnosed with learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and psychiatric disorders. In order to receive accommodations, students must provide ODS with appropriate documentation of their disability. Types of accommodations that students may receive can include exam accommodations, note taking assistance, books in alternative format, and priority registration. ODS is located in room #2 on the second floor of the library in the Academic Support Center. For more information, contact 614/823-1618 or visit ODS on the web at