The College of Arts and Media holds accredidation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The NASM's purpose is to secure a better understanding among institutions of higher education engaged in work in music; to establish a more uniform method of granting credit; and to develop and maintain basic, threshold standards for the granting of degrees and other credentials. The College of Arts and Media also holds accredidation with the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication whose mission is to promote the highest possible standards for journalism and mass communication education, to cultivate the widest possible range of communication research, to encourage the implementation of a multi-cultural society in the classroom and curriculum, and to defend and maintain freedom of communication in an effort to achieve better professional practice and a better informed public. For more information, please visit Marshall University's Accreditation page.
The University Library system consists of the John Deaver Drinko Library, the James E. Morrow Library, the Health Science Library at the Cabell-Huntington Hospital, and the MU South Charleston Campus Library. Together, the University Libraries’ holdings support teaching and research needs with over two million volumes (including Government Documents, microforms, and audiovisual materials) and access to a variety of periodical titles. Students have print and electronic books, periodicals, documents, primary source documents and archives, CD-ROMS, video cassettes/DVDs, sound recordings, electronic journals, online reference materials, and original MU students and faculty scholarly publications at their disposal 24 hours per day.
For more information, view the 2020 Library Services Overview (PDF).
The Marshall University Library system is a current member of the American Library Association (ALA), and ALA's division Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). These memberships allow us to share resources and participate in various networks that support functions such as cataloging, interlibrary loan, publishing, indexing, and acquisitions. A dynamic interlibrary loan and document delivery program provides materials from other libraries in electronic or print form, often in a matter of days. Access to an innovative e-book loan program through a robust academic library consortium, courier services, and rapid ILL services enhance turnaround time and overcome geographical limitations. Furthermore, the Marshall University Library system benefits from and contributes to additional interlibrary loan partnerships via the Interlibrary Delivery Service of PA. Their purpose "is to provide a cost effective efficient delivery service linking all types of libraries to support timely resource sharing throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As an incorporated not-for-profit membership organization, IDS is supported by a state/local partnership which includes a state subsidy and local dues. Through IDS, member libraries share print and non-print library resources to meet the information needs of end users. Currently, IDS membership includes 409 libraries which comprise the service area of the Interlibrary Delivery Service of Pennsylvania. This total includes 181 Full Member libraries and 228 sites which are Affiliates of Full Member ("Parent") libraries" (http://www.idspa.org/). The Marshall University Libraries are also members of PALCI, which is a group of academic libraries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey & West Virginia. Students, faculty, and staff can borrow materials directly from member libraries; delivery occurs within 3-5 business days. Lastly, the Marshall University Libraries participate in RapidILL, a unique resource-sharing system that was designed by Interlibrary Loan staff for Interlibrary Loan staff, for the borrowing and lending of articles, book chapters, and books with less than 24-hour turnaround time, 94% or better fill rate, innovative delivery options, and outstanding service to library users.