James B. Carey Library

The SMLR Library is physically closed as of March 18th until further notice, but we are open virtually.

Please email Library Director, Julie Peters, at jpeters@smlr.rutgers.edu with any research questions and/or information and instruction needs. Below are useful resources that may assist you during this very fluid and unprecedented situation:

  • The SMLR Library has secured full access to Bloomberg Law until June 1st. Email Julie Peters (jpeters@smlr.rutgers.edu) for more information.

  • RUL has temporary access for the following resources:

    • The HathiTrust Digital Library is now available. During the time Rutgers University Libraries physical buildings are closed due to COVID-19, many print books under copyright held by RUL are now temporarily available to Rutgers students, faculty, and staff on the HathiTrust platform. More information can be found on the collection homepage. 

    • eBook Comprehensive Academic Collection through June 15, 2020. This collection contains over 200,000 ebooks in a variety of academic disciplines. It includes books from a variety of major publishers and university presses.

    • Cambridge Reference and Textbooks Collection through May 31, 2020. This is a collection of over 2000 reference books in a variety of subject areas published by Cambridge University Press. It includes all the books in Cambridge Companions, Elements, and Textbooks located on the Cambridge Core platform.

    • Additional access and resources are being provided in the film database, Academic Video Online: Premium (AVON). This database features a Labor History channel, as well numerous human resources titles.

  • All Rutgers University Libraries are closed. Please see their main COVID-19 page where you can find additional information about resources and services: https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/covid-19.

  • The Library has curated a Reading List addressing the global pandemic in the context of labor and employment relations and human resource management. If you would like to contribute to the Reading List, please contact Julie Peters.

  • From IBISWorld: Webinar on COVID-19 Economic and Industry Impact - United States. Senior Analysts cover the effects of COVID-19 on the US business environment and the impacts on industries.

  • From IBISWorld: Coronavirus Update: Industry Fast Facts. A collection of fast facts that outline how the spreading coronavirus is impacting sectors across the countries where IBISWorld operates, including Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

  • The SMLR Library is open virtually, ready to answer your research and reference questions. Send your questions to jpeters@smlr.rutgers.edu or virtually drop-in by visiting https://rutgers.webex.com/meet/mosci, Monday - Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM.

"The Carey Library at the School of Management and Labor Relations, with its dedicated staff and unique collections, has long been an amazing resource for faculty, students and the public. The fact that we have our own library staff allows us to provide support to the teaching mission of the school through focused education in information literacy and services connected to specific classes and assignments. The library also has several special collections and archives that are useful to both our own faculty and to scholars beyond our school and university."

Adrienne E. Eaton, Dean & 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@smlr.rutgers.edu, (848) 932-9513
Please contact for questions about hours, interlibrary loan and circulating materials. 

Part-time Assistants:

Lydia Andeskie, MI Candidate Spring 2020

Heidi Ellis, MI Candidate Spring 2020

Mary O'Brien Sobol, MLER Candidate Spring 2020


Summer 2020 Hours


Temporarily Closed
FridayTemporarily Closed
SaturdayTemporarily Closed


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

SMLR_Net Listserv

The SMLR library administers the SMLR_Net listserv which shares selected news on labor and employment relations and human resource management. To subscribe to the listserv, please visit the following website: