2 January 2015
Dear Averett Faculty:
Please encourage your students to take full advantage of resources at Blount Library and its newly completed Academic Commons.The library and commons offer the best traditional and emerging knowledge resources that librarians and the planning committee deemed feasible for Averett University. The Academic Commons is a strategic planning objective funded by endowment income and current gifts.
Consistent with our design objective "books on the wall, people in the middle," most space on the main floor is devoted to individual and collaborative endeavors, exhibits, and presentations. Browsing newspapers and journals, new books, and a small print reference collection are featured in the main floor commons, and 100,000 volumes on upper and lower stacks levels.
Scholars' Workstations funded by income from the Alma Dillon bequest offer 12 spacious computer workstations with comfortable seating for 24 students, tutors and mentors. Natural light brightens a café near the front lobby — a great place to connect with students and colleagues.
Cozy chairs near the reference collection are favored for library coffee talks and low key presentations. A conference area in the back corner seats 14 at mobile tables with a large flat screen, wall mount PC and podium.
When other surfaces were painted blue and gold, the Art Department reserved a neutral wall for exhibits, beginning in 2015 with legacy art donations from Averett alumni — a project adopted by Friends of the Library, who will cover the cost of framing and mounting.
The lower level media room seats 9-12. A small media room on the upper level seats five. (Ask a librarian for a wireless keyboard.) Students and faculty can connect their own devices to ethernet at Scholars Workstations and in media rooms. AU Portal wireless is available throughout the library.
Call 791-5692 to schedule media areas. Read a full report on this student-driven project at http://discover.averett.edu/academic-commons.
Growth in digital collections enabled the library to reallocate space previously needed for periodical and reference book stacks. From WorldCat and library Research Guides, Averett scholars can access print citations, over 57,000 full content e-journals, digital audio and streaming video files. Research databases include ArtStor, JSTOR, numerous other arts and sciences resources, business sources, Ovid journals and CINAHL for Nursing.
Basic information research begins with WorldCat:
Click here for a guide to resource discovery in WorldCat. For comprehensive access to sources in your field, please consult subject research guides and Databases, A-Z. Most importantly, let us assist whenever needed. Librarians truly enjoy locating the sources you require for teaching and scholarship.
When you locate digital items in WorldCat or click on subscription resources such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, the library proxy server will prompt you for your web services (Moodle) login.
To borrow print items, you have a libary account keyed to your faculty ID card. Bring books for checkout to the Academic Commons Information Desk, or ask us to ship them to your GPS region.
To request interlibrary loan of books and articles, click on the "Interlibrary Loan" button in WorldCat, or "Find it at Averett" in databases. ILL articles are generally delivered to your desktop within two business days. Please contact email@example.com or 800-543-9440 (791-5692) with any questions regarding library access.
Electronic Reserves: If you have print articles on Course Reserves or links to licensed content online, library staff will be happy to scan and link them from a password protected site where your students can enjoy online access to required readings.
Print Reserves: Contact Linda Lemery (firstname.lastname@example.org; 434-791-5636) to place print and media items on Course Reserve.
We look forward to consulting with your students on library and information research skills and projects.
- Please introduce your classes to the Library Home Guide and "Learn" tab resources.
- Assign selected worksheets and exercises from our User Guide or subject based tutorials. Business, Education, and Sociology tutorials are currently available.
- Contact a liaison librarian to schedule instruction in your classroom or at Blount Library.
- Encourage students to consult the library's Subject Research Guides when seeking pertinent and credible sources for assignments and research projects.
- Ask us about including durable links to licensed articles in your Moodle courses or electronic syllabi. We will be happy to add an electronic reserves tab to the library research guide for your discipline, sparing you the trouble and worry of scanning and copyright compliance.
Collections and Collection Development
Averett book holdings include over 100,000 print titles and over 100,000 e-books, including Ebrary Academic Library, APA PsycBooks, Credo Reference, and Oxford Reference, all now available from http://averett.worldcat.org.
The library strives to maintain an actively used collection supporting Averett curricula and student reading beyond the curriculum. Averett has a tradition of faculty selection for academic collections. Please submit book requests through Choice Reviews Online, on our web request form, by email to your liaison librarian, or by sending annotated catalogs and reviews in campus mail.
You can search Choice Reviews anonymously or register for a free account and subject profile to retrieve monthly book and media reviews by discipline, level, and strength of Choice recommendation. If you prefer not to access Choice Online each month, you can request monthly or quarterly emails of new reviews in your profile OR ask your liaison librarian to print or e-mail them for you to review. To order books and media or add a digital source to a research guide, simply forward Choice citations (or any citation) to your liaison librarian by email or campus mail.
We welcome book and media requests in any legible format, via email, phone, campus mail, or in person. Feel free to mark a catalog or write on the back of an envelope and forward citations to your liaison librarian. You can also email citations to us from WorldCat or Amazon. Please include an ISBN or OCLC permalink (available from the full record display in WorldCat, where you can also capture the citation).
Coffee Talks and Art Exhibits
We were fortunate to host Library Coffee Talks by poets Kelly Cherry (September 30) and Charles Swanson (October 13). See the Coffee Talk guide for details and archived presentations. Any member of the Averett community is welcome to host a scheduled or impromtu Coffee Talk with access to library technology, or just coffee, tea and cookies.
Averett students Kiara Hunt and Tyler Jarvis-Bennett exhibited their artwork in the Academic Commons in Fall 2014. Friends of the Library will support the Art Departments legacy student art program, with the seven donated works to be mounted on the exhibit wall of the Commons in Spring 2015.
We look forward to seeing you and your students at the Commons and/or online. Please contact email@example.com or your liaison librarian with questions and suggestions.
Best wishes for a happy and productive 2015!
Elaine Day, Director
Averett University Library
Library Mission and Goals
Mission: The library advances the curriculum, research, and reading interests of Averett students with scholarly and professional sources, reference consultations, and instruction.
Goal 1. Library resources support reading and research.
Goal 2. Library resources are accessible and convenient to use.
Goal 3. Students discover, evaluate and cite credible sources. Averett graduates are able to:
✓define and articulate a topic or problem;
✓discover and retrieve reliable information from a variety of sources;
✓critically evaluate this literature (or data) in the context of the topic;
✓modify searches to seek additional sources;
✓organize, synthesize, and apply knowledge gained to accomplish a specific purpose;
✓communicate results effectively and ethically in an academic or professional setting.
Goal 4. At the Academic Commons students will also be able to:
✓engage in creative endeavors;
✓collaborate with peers and mentors.
Order Books or Media
Patrick Wasley, Academic Liaison & Serials Librarian, University Archivist. B.A., English; M.A., American Studies; M.S. Information Sciences; Ph.D., English. 791-5692; firstname.lastname@example.org
Biological and Physical Sciences, Health Sciences
Elaine Day, Library Director and Systems Librarian. B.A., Anthropology; M.L.S. 791-5696; email@example.com
Jennifer Robinson, Technical Services Librarian. B.A., English; M.L.S. 791-5693; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Verdini, Reference and Access Services Librarian. M.A., Music History; M.L.S. 791-5694; email@example.com
Social Sciences, Business, Education, Mathematics, Computer Science, Aeronautics
Kevin Harden, Reference and Distance Learning Librarian. B.A., Social Science; M.L.S. 791-5692; 800-543-9440. firstname.lastname@example.org
Library Committee Outcomes, 2015
The Library Committee addressed these items on 17 March 2015:
- The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is revising its Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (2000). The proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education addresses learning threshold concepts in the disciplines, and "novice" to "expert" competencies. It includes this definition (bullets added):
Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing
- the reflective discovery of information,
- the understanding of how information is produced and valued,
- the use of information in creating new knowledge, and
- participating ethically in communities of learning. * ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (p. 16)
- Anticipating evolving standards, Averett developed the Academic Commons@Blount Library, and librarians added a new strategic planning goal:
Goal 4. At the Academic Commons students will also be able to:
- engage in creative endeavors
- collaborate with peers and mentors.
- Official opening of the Academic Commons: March 19th, with welcome by adminitrators at 4pm, and the Averettt Gospel Choir, Kevin Harden, and Alex Borotinskij performing until 7pm. Traditional academic libraries relate to students primarily through faculty and course assignments. This celebration initiates an effort to connect directly with students in collaboration with the offices of Student Success, the Dean of Students and Campus Activities Board, and the Center for Community Engagement. Many thanks to Jennifer Robinson and Deborah Touchstone for outreach and planning!
- The library will host occasional book discussions with support from the Cathy Mason Edwards Literary Fund, a gift in memory of Cathy Edwards, Class of 1977. Students, faculty and community members are welcome to propose a book or group of books for discussion at one meeting, or at a series of meetings. The literary fund will cover honoraria for discussion leaders, and copies of the book(s) for participants. Please contact email@example.com to propose a program.
- Digital access continues to dwarf print holdings and use (2013-2014 statistics):
- Print books: 99,195
- E-books: 205,917 (include e-book collections (175,000), open source e-books, and e-books in "periodical" databases)
- Print serial subscriptions: 113
- Subscription databases: 121 – Added Digital Theatre Plus in 2014-15.
- Full text e-journals in databases: 56,408
- Selected full text (363), abstracted (6,788), or indexed (47,482) journals in databases: 54,633
Use of Resources
- Visits to the library building: 25,880 | Library Guide views: 113,927
- Database searches by Averett students, faculty, staff: 301,924
- Full content database retrievals by Averett students, faculty, staff: 78,874 articles, chapters, books, images, audio files, video files - excludes Factiva
- JSTOR: 278 Journals with one to 86 full text downloads; 2,761 total downloads
- ArtSTOR: 11,565 images accessed in 8,298 searches; 73 objects "created" (images uploaded)
- Print book circulation: 2,869 (was over 9,000 in the year 2000)
- Interlibrary borrowing for Averett readers = 514 items
- Library Orientation / Instruction: 46 sessions, 417 participants (88% GPS)
- Substantive questions answered by librarians: 6,354 (22% GPS)
- Research consultations with librarians (20 minutes or more): 2,119 (57% GPS)
- Email/Web form Reference: 964 (99% GPS)
- Document delivery assistance from librarians: 975 (21% GPS)
- Questions answered after library hours: 290
- Library faculty look forward to summer projects and preparation for Fall 2015:
- Migrate research guides to a new platform with enhanced graphics and featured sources, including notification of new e-books and e-journals.
- Migrate WorldCat Local to WorldCat Discovery. Discovery has a responsive design, adapting to any screen size. It enables libraries to direct readers to library collections from Google, Goodreads and Wikipedia searches.
- In collaboration with Autism Studies and Nurse Education faculty, and applying the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, add an online research methods tutorial in Nursing to the professional studies tutorials at http://discover.averett.edu/learn.
- Evaluate accessibility and readability of Averett e-book collections.
- As agreed in March 2014, on request of faculty or students the library will acquire or borrow (ILL) print copies of books that are available in e-book collections.
- Library system migration: WorldCat Local (August 2013) ; WorldShare Management Systems (completed Fall 2014: cloud-based acquisitions, cataloging/metadata management, circulation, and interlibrary loan)
WorldCat Discovery will replace WorldCat Local and the FirstSearch in Summer 2015, combining the simplicity of WorldCat with the precision of FirstSearch. WorldCat Discovery screens adapt for viewing on mobile devices. A central index manages content in all formats from multiple vendors. The service will allow Averett to manage local digital collections, build customized reading lists, and populate Google Scholar and PubMed with Averett Library holdings.
Costs for WorldShare and WorldCat Discovery are equal to or lower than the fees Averett currently pays for a more limited range of services from multiple library system vendors.