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Dear Faculty:

We encourage you and your students to take full advantage of Blount Library resources and learning opportunities. A User Guide introduces newcomers to scholarly and professional sources. The library supports faculty and upper division/graduate research with JSTOR, ArtStor, ABI/Inform, APA PsycNet, Literature Online, SportDiscus, Ovid Nursing, and others. Librarians offer subject research guides and tutorials. We are eager to discuss sources and methods with your students -- in class, at the library, or online. (See

Research databases support every degree program. For subject access, click on Research Guides, or browse Databases, A-Z. In WorldCat you will find sources in all formats from Averett and libraries worldwide. Request Interlibrary Loans from WorldCat, any database citation, or the web form on our home guide. (If more convenient, feel free to send your ILL request with full citation to The library delivers articles by email and ships print materials, including loans from other libraries, to distance learning students.

Students in the Danville area can make good use of the newly completed Academic Commons -- a focused, technology-rich environment in which to study and complete research assignments with help from academic support professionals and peer tutors. Consistent with the 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. Newspapers and journals, new books, and a print reference collection are featured in the main floor commons, and 100,000 print volumes on upper and lower stacks levels.

Scholars' Workstations offer 12 spacious computer tables with comfortable seating for 24 students, tutors and mentors. 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.

Natural light brightens a café near the front lobby — a convenient place to connect with students and colleagues.

Presentations / Instruction

  • Students favor cozy chairs near the reference collection for library coffee talks and low-key presentations.
  • A conference area in the back corner of the Commons seats 14 at mobile tables with a large flat screen, wall mount PC and podium.
  • The lower level media room seats 9-12.
  • A small media room on the upper level seats five. (Ask the librarian for a wireless keyboard.)

From the Danville area, call 434-791-5692 to schedule media areas or arrange for a librarian to meet with your class -- your place or ours! For online instruction and custom tutorials, contact Kevin Harden (800-543-9440;


When you locate digital items in WorldCat or click on subscription resources such as Academic Search Complete, enter the same password you use for Moodle and other Averett Web services.  Your library account is 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 or home (800-543-9440;

Ask your liaison librarian about including durable links to articles in your Moodle course or electronic syllabus.

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. Librarians will add an electronic reserves tab to the library research guide for your discipline, sparing you the trouble and worry of scanning and copyright compliance.

Print Reserves: Contact Linda Lemery (; 434-791-5636) to place print and media items on Course Reserve.

Collections and Collection Development

Averett book holdings include nealy 100,000 print titles and 200,000 e-books, including Ebrary Academic Library, Springer Behavioral Science, 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 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

See the Coffee Talk guide for upcoming and archived presentations at the Academic Commons. Any member of the Averett community is welcome to host a scheduled or impromptu Coffee Talk.

In 2015-2016, we have a new opportunity: Book discussions sponsored by the Kathy Mason Edwards Literary Fund. Students, faculty, staff and community members may select a book and invite others to join in one or several discussion sessions. The fund pays for a copy of the book for each participant to read and keep, and an honorarium for the discussion leader.

We look forward to seeing you and your students at the Commons and/or online! Please contact or your liaison librarian with questions and suggestions.

Best wishes for a happy and productive year at Averett!

Elaine, Jennifer, Jim, Kevin, & Patrick

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 and Media


Liaison Librarians

Art, Literature
Patrick Wasley, Archivist and Digital Resources Librarian. B.A., English; M.A., American Studies; M.S. Information Sciences; Ph.D., English. 434-791-5692;

Biological and Physical Sciences
Elaine Day, Library Director and Systems Librarian. B.A., Anthropology; M.L.S. 434-791-5696;

Communication Studies/Journalism
Jennifer Robinson, Technical Services and User Experience Librarian. B.A., English; M.L.S. 434-791-5693;

Music, Humanities
Jim Verdini, Reference and Access Services Librarian. M.A., Music History; M.L.S. 434-791-5694;

Social and Health Sciences, Business, Education, Mathematics, Computer Science, Aeronautics
Kevin Harden, Reference and Distance Learning Librarian. B.A., Social Science; M.L.S. 434-791-5692; 800-543-9440.


Library Committee Outcomes, 2015

The Library Committee addressed these items on 17 March 2015:

  1. 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)

  2. 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:
    • innovate;
    • engage in creative endeavors
    • collaborate with peers and mentors.

    * Will AU students benefit from discipline-based tutorials to attributing sources and avoiding plagiarism, like that developed for GPS English 111?

  3. 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!

  4. 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 to propose a program.

  5. 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

  6. 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
    • Evaluate accessibility and readability of Averett e-book collections.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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