Welcome back for Fall semester. There have been a number of changes at Joyner Library over the summer and more are on the way. Most importantly, Dean Larry Boyer retired on July 31. He and his wife Sue have an exciting year of travel planned in the U.S., Mexico, Ecuador and Italy; we wish them safe travels accompanied by plenty of excellent adventures.
At the request of Provost Sheerer, I will be interim dean. I look forward to leading the dedicated faculty and staff in Joyner Library in fulfilling the mission of the Library: “We connect people to information and empower their lifelong learning by developing robust collections, superior services, and people-friendly spaces.” As you will read in this newsletter, we have acquired some wonderful online collections and journal back files that add to the robustness of our collections. These purchases were made possible by end-of-year funds from the Division of Academic Affairs. The acquisition of the second installment of the Stuart Wright Collection and major donations to our Manuscript Collection and Music Library in recent months also enriched the collections we provide.
The most visible change to services is the new Circulation Desk near the Library entrance. We had to wait a long time, but we think it was worth it. The new desk provides greater visibility and facilitates patron/staff interactions. Be sure to try out the self-checkout machine now located at the desk. An area for returning items – something I and other patrons missed when it was removed several years ago – will be added soon.
The 2011 faculty survey results showed that the most desired new/expanded service is integration of library resources in Blackboard. We’ve worked over the summer to develop new ways of embedding resources in Blackboard. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Katy Kavanagh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes to our space include the construction of the Pirate CAVE Math 1065 Lab. We are happy to be a partner in this critical student retention and success initiative. To make room for the Pirate CAVE, we relocated microform reader/printers to a semi-enclosed space that will provide a quiet environment for their use and consolidated microform materials in fewer cabinets. Our Government
Documents/Microforms staff and processing areas are in the process of moving to a space closer to the basement stairs. This summer, we dedicated an important space in the library — the Betty Debnam Hunt Instructional Technology Classroom in the Teaching Resources Center. It was an honor to meet Mrs. Hunt, the creator of “The Mini-Page,” and celebrate her contributions to family literacy and education.
I’m anticipating a busy and exciting year at Joyner Library and look forward to talking to faculty and students about how the Library can continue to improve its collections, services, and spaces. I invite you to be part of the conversation by contacting me by phone (328-2267), e-mail (email@example.com) or in person.