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Library Services: A1, B1, C1

A Guide To USMA Library Instruction Services

Welcome to the USMA Library!

In addition to being your personal librarian and one of a team of reference librarians, I am the Audiovisual Librarian, working with our multimedia collections.  As liaison librarian to the Department of Social Sciences,  I keep quite busy providing library instruction for the core courses, such as offering evening clinics for the big papers in American Politics, Economics, and International Relations.  I have worked with DoD libraries for the past thirty-two years, serving in the Philippines, Japan, New Mexico, Turkey, Germany, and Okinawa in addition to my two assignments here at West Point.  Besides an MA in Library Science, I have a second MA in Asian Studies.  Prior to DoD, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa.  I have a big interest in ethnology, world history, World War II and the Holocaust, literature, art, music, and film.  I have collaborated with the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies to present film programs for the USMA community.


I am excited to work with you and help you learn the skills to succeed in research here at West Point and as an officer.  I am here to help provide you with information about our resources that are available to you for your research.  Please email me to set up an appointment to discuss your papers and projects.  I look forward to working with you!

How can I help you? I will:

  • Keep you informed with periodic e-mail messages highlighting new resources and programs especially for students, as well as notices and timely reminders, such as programs for major assignments

  • Answer your questions about Library policies, procedures and services, such as ConnectNY & Interlibrary Loans

  • Assist with finding information for your research assignments, by helping you articulate your research question, identify the best sources, and formulate your search strategy

  • Support you even when you're not around (on vacation, or away from West Point on a trip section)

  • Help you when you don't know where to start, or you can't think of what to do next

Things I don’t do (but I’ll help you find out who can):

  • Set up your computer; GoldCoats is the best resource for that!

  • Write your paper for you (well, we won’t find someone to write your paper, but we can refer you to the Mounger Writing Center to help you improve your paper!)

Personal Librarian

A1, B1, C1

Audiovisual & Social Sciences Liaison Librarian

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Michael Arden
Audiovisual Librarian
Office: JH219
LH204B Mon. & Tues. 1330-1600
Subjects:Social Sciences