From the Dean

February is the month for love – epitomized by the art on display in the Faculty Art Show and the Valentine books featured in an exhibit in the Teaching Resources Center.  It is also a fitting time to recognize the dedication of the staff and faculty in Joyner Library.  I am proud to work every day with people who have a deep commitment to our shared mission of “connecting people to information and empowering their lifelong learning by developing robust collections, superior services, and people-friendly spaces.”  Joyner Library employees who received the Treasured Pirate award in 2012 are listed in our February enewsletter.  They represent nine departments and were recognized for very different contributions, ranging from the handling of fines to the digitization of collections.  Their work, along with that of our other faculty and staff, often goes without recognition, but is critical to the success of the Library.

On a somber note, at the end of January, one of our staff members, Lynda Werdal, passed away following complications from surgery.  We will treasure our memories of Lynda, including her sweet smile and her ability to always see the best in others.  Lynda was a member of the Interlibrary Loan Services department and helped many faculty and students throughout the university who needed to use materials owned by other libraries.  She was also the long-time advisor of Lutheran Student Ministry.  She will be greatly missed.

Articles in this month’s e-newsletter describe several new services and resources.  Features on a student’s donation of a lithograph to the North Carolina Collection and the Library’s involvement in the Lifelong Learning Program highlight the importance of personal connections.  What better time than February to reflect on the importance of friendship, mentorship and reaching out to others?  I hope you enjoy this issue.  As always, I invite you to contact me with any questions about the Library or suggestions for improvements by e-mail to or by phone at 328-2267.