Dear Averett 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, SciFinder, Literature Online, SportDiscus, Ovid Nursing, and others. Librarians offer subject research guides for each major, and online tutorials for professional degree programs. Librarians will discuss sources and methods with your students -- in class, at the library, or online. (See http://discover.averett.edu/learn.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.) 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 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. In 2015-2016, the commons hosted 14 book discussions and four student/faculty art exhibits.
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 in each area.)
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; email@example.com)
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; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com; 434-791-5636) to place print and media items on Course Reserve.
Collections and Collection Development
Averett book holdings include over 100,000 print titles and 192,000 e-books, including Ebrary Academic Library, Springer Behavioral Science, APA PsycBooks, and Oxford Reference, all now available from http://averett.worldcat.org.
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). See the Blount Library Collections Policy for details.
Coffee Talks and Art Exhibits
Check 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.
We look forward to seeing you and your students at the Commons and/or online! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your liaison librarian with questions and suggestions.
Best wishes for the new academic year,
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.
Streaming Educational Media
How to create Kanopy film clips and playlists. Faculty may publish links to Kanopy films or film clips in syllabi, on handouts, on Moodle or open web pages. A one-year license with 20% discount is triggered on the fourth full or partial viewing of each film.
Order Books or Media
Aeronautics, Athletic Training, Business, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Education, Mathematics, Nursing, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology Sociology:
Kevin Harden, Reference and Distance Learning Librarian. B.A., Social Science; M.L.S. 791-5692; 800-543-9440. email@example.com
Art, English Literature, Modern Languages:
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, Equestrian Studies:
Elaine Day, Library Director and Systems Librarian. B.A., Anthropology; M.L.I.S. 791-5696; email@example.com
Communication Studies/Journalism, Literature for Children & Young Adults:
Jennifer Robinson, Technical Services Librarian. B.A., English; M.L.I.S. 791-5693; firstname.lastname@example.org
History, Music, Religion, Theatre:
Jim Verdini, Reference and Access Services Librarian. M.A., Music History; M.L.S. 791-5694; email@example.com
Library Committee Outcomes, 2016
At its meeting on March 30, 2016, the Library Committee:
Endorsed the new Blount Library Collections Policy.
Established 2016-2017 goals:
- Evaluate e-book collections for appropriate content and ease of access/readability. Collection evaluations indicate that 64% - 80% of books supporting Averett academic programs are e-books (Ebrary Academic, APA PsycBooks, Credo General Reference, Springer Behavioral Science, and others). Detailed evaluations for sciences and social sciences are available now on library research guides, and linked from this matrix.
- Continue to build print collections, especially in the humanities.
- Revise library web guides.
- Encourage resource-based assignments and projects -- optionally with reference to the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education (Association of College & Research Libraries, January 2016).
Reference to Standards
The library's draft SACSCOC documentation is here.
Integrating physical and online learning environments is consistent with ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (2011) …
4. Discovery: Libraries enable users to discover information in all formats through effective use of technology and organization of knowledge.
4.1 The library organizes information for effective discovery and access.
4.2 The library integrates library resource access into institutional web and other information portals.
4.3 The library develops resource guides to provide guidance and multiple points of entry to information.
4.4 The library creates and maintains interfaces and system architectures that include all resources and facilitates access from preferred user starting points.
4.5 The library has technological infrastructure that supports changing modes of information and resource discovery.
4.6 The library provides one-on-one assistance through multiple platforms to help users find information.
5. Collections: Libraries provide access to collections sufficient in quality, depth, diversity, format, and currency to support the research and teaching mission of the institution.
5.1 The library provides access to collections aligned with areas of research, curricular foci, or institutional strengths.
5.2 The library provides collections that incorporate resources in a variety of formats, accessible virtually and physically.
5.3 The library builds and ensures access to unique materials, including digital collections.
5.4 The library has the infrastructure to collect, organize, provide access to, disseminate, and preserve collections needed by users.
5.5 The library educates users on issues related to economic and sustainable models of scholarly communication.
5.6 The library ensures long-term access to the scholarly and cultural record.
6. Space: Libraries are the intellectual commons where users interact with ideas in both physical and virtual environments to expand learning and facilitate the creation of new knowledge.
6.1 The library creates intuitive navigation that supports self-sufficient use of virtual and physical spaces.
6.2 The library provides safe and secure physical and virtual environments conducive to study and research.
6.3 The library has the IT infrastructure to provide reliable and robust virtual and physical environments needed for study and research.
6.4 The library uses physical and virtual spaces as intellectual commons, providing access to programs, exhibits, lectures, and more.
6.5 The library designs pedagogical spaces to facilitate collaboration and learning, and the creation of new knowledge.
6.6 The library’s physical space features connectivity and up-to-date, adequate, well-maintained equipment and furnishings.
6.7 The library provides clean, inviting, and adequate space, conducive to study and research, with suitable environmental conditions and convenient hours for its services, personnel, resources, and collections.
6.8 The library’s physical and virtual spaces are informed by consultation with users.