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Social Work Faculty Guide: Welcome to Newark!: Survival Guide

Guide to library and other services for social work faculty teaching on the Rutgers-Newark campus.

Survival Guide from Ann Watkins, Dana Library


Basic Tools

1. A valid Rutgers-Newark ID.
     Need an ID? Go to the Photo ID Office, 3rd Floor, Blumenthal Hall, 249 University Avenue. The Photo ID Office staff will produce the card and issue it to you. Any questions? Please phone the Photo ID Office, (973) 353-5873. (

2. An Andromeda e-mail account.
     To create an account, visit any campus computing lab or start at Creating an OIT Account and NetID ( The process takes about 15 minutes. Any questions? Please phone the Computing Services Department Help Desk, (973) 353-5083, or check the Web site (

3. Register your library barcode.
     To become a library borrower, you can
register your barcode online, or visit the Circulation Desk at Dana Library and bring your valid Rutgers-Newark ID with you .  For more information, please phone the Circulation Desk, (973) 353-5161.  (Many online library services now require only Net ID [2, above].)

4. Links to the online course schedule ( and the course catalog (

Helpful People, Places, and Services

5. Dana Library's Reference Department staff.
     Dana's reference librarians can answer your own questions or provide instruction for your students. Any questions? Please phone: (973) 353-5901. Reference assistance is also available electronically. After you access the Rutgers University Libraries' home page (, click "Ask a Librarian".  Reference librarians are also available to offer chat reference during selected hours.  Look for the Meebo dialog box on the University Libraries homepage.

6. Computer Help Desk.
     Call 973-353-5083 or visit Hill Hall 109 for assistance from Newark Computing Services.

7. Campus open computing labs.    

     Major open computing labs are located in Hill Hall, Dana Library, the Law School Library, and Engelhard Hall. (

Campus teaching labs.
     Computing labs that you can schedule for teaching can be found in a number of buildings including Hill Hall, Engelhard Hall, and the Center for Law and Justice.  You can check lab availability and then reserve an instructional lab for your class.

9.  Computing workshops.
     Sharpen up your own computer skills with the Newark Computing Services Educational Series.

10. Smart classrooms.
     Request a "smart classroom" all semester for show and tell using a computer by asking your department to fill out an Enhanced Classroom Request Form.  Smart classroom help (973-353-5783) is available from the Office of Academic Technology in Blumenthal Hall.

11. Grants Assistance.      Phone 973-353-1537 or visit the Research Office in Blumenthall Hall, Suite 206.

12. Student Health Center staff.
     Physicians, nurses, and other health care providers are available at the Center. The Health Center is located on the first floor, Blumenthal Hall, 249 University Avenue. Any questions? Please phone the Center, (973) 353-5231, or check their Web site (

13. Tutors for your students.
     Tutors for your students are available through the department offering the course. They are also available at the Rutgers Learning Center which is located in Room 140, Bradley Hall. Any questions? Please phone the Learning Center, (973) 353-5608 or visit their Web site (

14. Help with writing for your students.
     The Newark Writing Center offers writing workshops and tutoring for Rutgers-Newark students. Call 973-353-1955 or visit their Web page (

15. Shuttle Bus Service.
     Rutgers-Newark, UMDNJ, Essex County College, and NJIT cooperatively provide a shuttle bus service to students. The route connects the four campuses with the Broad Street Station.  Buses operate Monday through Friday from 8 am to 10 pm.  Rutgers-Newark offers a shuttle service to Penn Station, Kearny and Harrison.  Buses run from 3:30 pm to 12 am with a Midnight Express running from Rutgers to Penn Station from 12 am until 4 am.  An Intercampus Shuttle is available to take students to various locations throughout the campus.  Service is available from 9 am to 10 pm on Monday through Thursday and on Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.  A schedule with maps and the next available shuttle bus is available on the Web. (

Important Places

16. ATM.
     The ATM is located in the first floor lobby, Robeson Campus Center, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

17. Quiet places to study.
     Libraries are usually quiet and they are open many hours everyday. There are several libraries in Newark where you or your students may study. They include: Dana Library,  Rutgers-Newark Law School Library, 1st floor or, Newhouse rs Center for Law and Justice, 123 Washington Street; George F. Smith Library for the Health Sciences, UMDNJ, 32 Twelfth Avenue; Robert W. Van Houten Library at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Central Avenue Building; and Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street.

18. Rutgers-Newark campus maps.
     Various campus maps are available. (

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