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Fall 2013

Dear Averett Faculty:

We hope that you and your students will take full advantage of academic resources available from Blount Library. Beginning this fall we offer WorldCat Local, a comprehensive "one stop" discovery tool for books, articles, media and digital resources at Averett and libraries worldwide:

Seek Credible Sources: >>

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.

Also new this fall: JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, which you can search in either WorldCat or the JSTOR interface. Averett's Literature Online (LION) subscription was adopted by the Virtual Library of Virginia and expanded with the Chadwyck Literature Collections, including Early English Prose Fiction, 1500-1700, and 18th, 19th, and 20th century English and American poetry, drama and prose. We have access to bibliographies of English and American literature, the Faber Poetry Library, W.B. Yeats Collection, and Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare."


When you locate items in WorldCat or click on subscription resources, such as The Chronicle of Higher Education when not on the Danville campus network, the library proxy server will prompt you for a web services (Moodle) login. To borrow print items, you have a libary account keyed to your faculty ID. Please contact or 800-543-9440 (791-5692) with any questions regarding library access. 

Electronic Reserves were successfully piloted by Dr. Jay Hayes in 2011-12. 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. 


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. The library computer lab has 14 student workstations. We can accommodate 10-15 guests in reception areas on the main and second floors.
  • 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 110,000 e-books, including Ebrary Academic Library, APA PsycBooks, Credo Reference, and Oxford Reference, all now available from

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 Please include an ISBN if available.

As a member of the Virtual Library of Virginia (a consortium of state-assisted and independent colleges and universities) Averett University receives deep discounts and some state funding for scholarly database licensing, enabling us to offer 140 research databases in all subject areas. To facilitate access to full text in 40,000 licensed journals, we offer a journal title search and OpenURL services. Beyond subscription resources, we have implemented NISO OpenURL services for Google Scholar. PubMed journals are accessible from WorldCat and Google Scholar. OpenURL's allow readers to link from a database citation to full text, or, where Averett does not license the full text, to an interlibrary loan request populated with a citation.

Coffee Talks

In 2012-2013 library faculty and guest speakers offered 21 Coffee Talks on research topics and resources, for example The Robert S. Pfifer Collection, Literary Research with LION (Literature Online), and Fair Use in Coyright Law.  Coffee Talks are informal 20-minute overviews followed by discussion. Refreshments are provided courtesy of the Averett Library Friends. Any member of the Averett community is welcome to host a scheduled or impromtu Coffee Talk with access to a portable LED TV and PC laptop. Students, faculty, staff and Library Friends are welcome to attend.

In Fall 2013 we look forward to welcoming Emma Edmunds (September 26, 11:15 a.m.) and her exhibit, Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, VA, 1963 (August 18 - November 15), Woodrow Wilson Fellow Mike Markovits, and visiting Fulbright Scholar Dr. Sholpan Gaisini. See the Coffee Talk guide for details and archived presentations.

Please contact or your liaison librarian with questions and suggestions:

Best wishes for a happy and productive academic year!


Elaine Day, Director
Averett University Library 


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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.


Liaison Librarians

Art, Literature
Patrick Wasley, Academic Liaison & Serials Librarian, University Archivist. B.A., English; M.A., American Studies; M.S. Information Sciences; Ph.D., English. 791-5692;

Biological and Physical Sciences, Health Sciences
Elaine Day, Library Director and Systems Librarian. B.A., Anthropology; M.L.S. 791-5696;

Communication Studies/Journalism
Jennifer Robinson, Technical Services Librarian. B.A., English; M.L.S. 791-5693;

Music, Humanities
Jim Verdini, Reference and Access Services Librarian. M.A., Music History; M.L.S. 791-5694;

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.


Library Committee Outcomes, March 2013

Library Committee Outcomes, March 12, 2013

What is the purpose of the Library Committee?

The committee originally met to approve book allocations for academic departments. After 2005, Averett and similar academic libraries dispensed with allocations by discipline and began supporting programs with demand-based funding. The committee now functions in an advisory/oversight role as deemed appropriate by its membership.


Print books cataloged in 2011-2012 = 1,143 titles

How are books selected for the library?

Liaison librarians encourage faculty to create free Choice Online accounts and profile their subject interests for monthly email updates. Librarians profile disciplines and send new book, media and digital resource reviews on request. They welcome requests in any format: email, publisher’s catalog, web form (

When academic departments do not request books, library faculty select titles of general interest in each discipline from Choice Outstanding Academic Titles and other review sources. 

New eBooks and Databases:

JSTOR Arts & Sciences I

Springer Behavioral Sciences Collection: 82 eBooks licensed by Virginia independent colleges through the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA). Includes titles from 2005, plus Springer’s 2013 front list.

The Cochrane Library (evidence-based health care)

CINALH Plus with Full Text (nursing journals with evidence-based care sheets)

Ovid Nursing and Allied Health


Students click through multiple layers to find recommended databases.

The director will ask library faculty to streamline subject guides, consolidating pages and tabs for easier access to research databases.

By December 2014, the library will integrate book, article, media, and open access discovery on OCLC with WorldShare Management Services (WMS). This video relates the WMS experience of a library similar to Averett’s: Mount Mercy University.

Students want better access to eBooks now.

For recent eBook collections (as for articles) they must search each database separately (Credo, Ebrary, Oxford Reference, PsycBooks, Springer Behavioral Sciences). Current students should not have to wait until late 2014 for integrated access to print and eBooks. The library will import OCLC collections sets to the local catalog in Spring/Summer 2013. (eBooks added through 2005 were acquired from an OCLC affiliate and cataloged immediately. OCLC now offers MARC records compatible with Averett’s integrated library system for collections from thousands of vendors.) 

[Update, Fall 2013: This issue was resolved with adoption of OCLC WorldCat Local, which provides access to books, eBooks, articles and media in one search.]

Do the eBooks work with Kindles?

Vendors are working to make academic books compatible with e-book readers (Kindle, tablet, etc.) in addition to desktop access. The library will test these options and use portability as a criterion for future licensing.


What is the library’s connection to SmartThinking?

Librarians participated with GPS and Student Success in selection of a vendor after a decision was made to outsource tutoring for GPS programs. AU librarians have no connection to SmartThinking systems or tutors. We share concerns that contract academic services bypass Averett library resources.

The library will strengthen ties and information sharing with GPS regional directors. GPS liaison librarian, Kevin Harden will promote library consultations with students from orientation through integration project or final course.

For traditional students, Jennifer Robinson will offer to visit each section of IDS 101 for a library overview with hands-on research exercise.

Librarians offer several tutorials that can be embedded in Moodle courses. Currently available from the library (in addition to 35 subject research guides):

  •             General orientation
  •             GPS orientation
  •             Business
  •             Education
  •             Sociology/Criminal Justice


The library has offered weekly Coffee Talks since Summer 2012, including several by Averett colleagues and visitors ( Presentations or references are archived whenever possible. The library will offer remote access to GPS regions via Adobe Connect or other suitable software when bandwidth issues are resolved.


Averett and 7 Peer Institutions (XLS)

Averett and 7 Aspirant Institutions (XLS)


Librarians are reviewing citation managers: Zotero and


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