A post by Dr. Kristen Willmott
Some of the packages we offer include a personalized summer reading list for our students. As we work to craft these for parents and students, we are focused on reading, books, and libraries this week! Also, we know many families are planning their college visit trips, and we want to remind you to check out the college library, both online and in person.
Dr. Yu Zhang, Assistant Professor at Loyola Maryland wrote a great article on college libraries last month for U.S. News and World Report. She states 4 key reasons to check out the campus library and we agree: it’s your future study space; it’s a potential source of academic support; it may offer work-study and scholarship possibilities; and it’s a source of community information.
As I wrote about in my co-authored chapter in the book Leadership in Academic Libraries Today: Connecting Theory to Practice published this spring, what’s REALLY neat about college libraries is that they are now technological, integrative, innovative spaces for college students to learn, engage, and interact. Here are 3 neat examples:
North Carolina State’s high-tech James B. Hunt Library has books, but they’re not visible when you walk into the building on the campus. Instead, the 1.5 million books are retrievable by robots. Check out their terrific video of the process.
The University of Indonesia’s Central Library in Jakarta has sustainable green roofs and a view of the lake. The stacks are 5 stories and students can utilize exhibition spaces, study spaces, and a library food court.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) libraries offer access to DSpace@MIT, a digital repository that contains nearly 50,000 items, including MIT theses and the digital works of 62 communities representing groups of MIT faculty and researchers, labs, and centers. That’s a lot of interaction and technology for students to access and utilize!
So, which college libraries are your favorite? Which library offerings and spaces are most intriguing to you? Post a comment on this blog and let us know!