James B. Carey Library

"In a world of centralized services and shrinking library budgets across University campuses, the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers is blessed to have its own dedicated Library and library staff. The Carey Library at SMLR is a unique asset to the school. It has a tremendous archive of fascinating materials of interest to any scholar of labor studies, employment relations, and HRM. Special collections and curated materials in key interest areas provide great sources of information for faculty and students alike."

James C. Hayton, Dean & Distinguished Professor 


The James B. Carey Library, located in the Labor Education Center, offers reference and information services to the students and faculty of the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR), the larger Rutgers community, labor relations and human resource management professionals, and the working people and employers of New Jersey. We maintain a specialized collection of journals, texts, reporting services and databases in industrial relations and human resources.

The library is part of the Rutgers University Libraries system (RUL) and open to the public. Four desktop computers are available for student use, as well as six laptops that can be used within the Library. Printing, copying, and scanning capabilities are available.

What Is Information and Why Is It Important?

The James B. Carey Library is the center of information services at SMLR. We handle daily information requests that range from finding resources to analyzing data.

So what is information? The answer may depend on who is asked – a molecular biologist or a business analyst.  Cotton, Ranson and Vounckx (2016) state that “information is most often defined on the basis of order or entropy, but it is questionable whether this approach is valid for living systems, where a duality of order or entropy is prevalent” (p. 2).

Whoa! What does that mean? How about an easier definition? Adami (2016) explains that “simply put, information is that which allows you (who is in possession of that information) to make predictions with accuracy better than chance” (p. 1).

That’s interesting!  Let’s make it even easier! Information is everywhere and everyone needs it. In the broadest sense, information is knowledge. Information can educate. Information can persuade. Information can affect behavior. Information can be empowering.

How can the Library help you with your information needs? Well, we can help you find it, evaluate it, analyze it, and use it. Visit the Library to explore how the power of information can help you.

Adami, C. (2016). What is information? Philosophical Transactions Royal Society A, 374, 1-14. doi:10.1098/rsta.2015.0230
Cotton, R., Ranson, W., & Vounckx, R. (2016). Hierarchy and the nature of information. Information, 7, 1-10. doi:10.3390/info7010001


Carey Library staff is available during library hours to answer questions about library services and to help you with your research. If you cannot come in person, call or email us. 

Library Director:

Julie Peters: jpeters@smlr.rutgers.edu, (848) 932-9608
Please contact for questions about research and information services. 

Library Associate:

Eugene McElroy: mcelroy@work.rutgers.edu, (848) 932-9513
Please contact for questions about hours, interlibrary loan and circulating materials. 

Part-time Assistant:

Ka-Rita Sergeon, MLER Candidate Fall 2017


Summer 2017 Hours


8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Library hours vary according to the Rutgers semester schedule.
Consult the Rutgers University Libraries website for the hours of all Rutgers University Libraries.