August 21, 2015
There is a lot going on with the start of the semester upon us. Many members of the Central Libraries participated in Move-In Day. Thanks to each of you for your service to our great incoming class. This is such a great opportunity to give students, and their families, a first taste of Baylor hospitality!
In the CL this week we hosted (at least) three big events: New faculty spent Monday afternoon in Jones 200 as part of their two-day orientation. This gave us a chance to introduce them to their assigned liaison librarians, and to some key contacts in the Electronic Library. On Day 2, Tim and I had a slot on the agenda to share a bit about library services with these new university colleagues.
We also hosted, and co-sponsored, the annual reception for new graduate students in the Allbritton Foyer on Wednesday. More than 200 graduate students heard remarks from Pattie, from Dean Larry Lyon, from VP Kevin Jackson, and from President Starr. After the reception, just about every one of the 200+ made their way to the Incubator for an information fair, and the Libraries’ table was well positioned to provide lots of interaction as they filed in for Dr. Pepper floats. Some then ventured over to Jones 200 for information on health insurance.
Also on Wednesday, thanks to a quick reset coordinated by Don, we hosted the make-up Orientation information fair and Dr. Pepper Hour for incoming freshman who didn’t make it here over the summer. Once again the CL had a table to greet these students and give away some library bling.
You may have noticed a few big, green umbrellas sprout along the 3rd St. side of the Moody deck. Four more umbrellas are waiting for more tables and chairs to arrive. When all is said and done, we will have 20 tables, 80 chairs, and eight umbrellas on the Moody deck, thanks to support from generous library donors.
Looking ahead, next week (on Friday) the Central Libraries will be an additional location for “Late Night,” sponsored by Student Activities. Late Night provides an opportunity for for students to learn about campus student organizations. The Libraries will host a scavenger hunt as a fun part of the evening. The Central Libraries will remain open until midnight for Late Night.
I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but the New Media Consortium has released a new report: New Media Consortium Horizon Report – 2015 Library Edition. Looking at the table of contents, it appears to be worth a quick read. It also looks like the projects we are working on concerning data and instruction are right on target for the changes coming our way!
Coming soon…I’ll post some information on the the impact of the 11 September Traditions Rally/Brad Paisley concert on the Central Libraries. I have a few details now, but will know more in a couple weeks. There will be some minor inconveniences, but nothing that should have a serious impact on the Central Libraries.
August 10, 2015
Next week, the campus will quickly fill up and get busy with returning and new students. In addition, there will be a few events in Moody and Jones bringing new faculty and graduate students into our midst.
- Monday (8/17) afternoon = New Faculty orientation session / Jones 200
- Wednesday (8/19) 11am-3:00 = New graduate reception and orientation / Moody foyer, Moody 104 and Jones 200. * The lunch hour will be the President’s reception in Moody foyer, be prepared for foot traffic to be re-routed through this area.
- Wednesday 8/19) 3:30 – 4:30 = New student orientation & Dr. Pepper floats / Moody foyer (catches the students who were not able to come to summer orientation
Help us greet all our new visitors as they begin their busy fall semester! If you need any pre-work on greeting, etc., might I suggest a book from our collection on manners and hospitality? (BJ1838 .S76 2012) (smile)
June 12, 2015
This week we started to welcome the Fall 2015 class to campus, with Dr. Pepper Hour and Campus Connections in Moody Library’s Allbritton Foyer and Goodpasture Concourse. Incoming students and their families took a break from the heat and learned about life on the Baylor campus. The mini staplers at the Libraries’ table were a big hit!
I’d like to say a big “Thank you!” to all of the volunteers who have offered to work at our table this month! This event helps incoming students see the Baylor Libraries as a welcoming place. I even had a report from a faculty member I know (understatement) that one of her incoming freshman was so excited about the event that she asked where she could sign up to become a student employee!
A recent Master’s graduate student sent a very nice note to the Libraries. She said, in part, “I just wanted to thank you all for making this library such a warm, inviting, and studious place to come. I never dreaded coming here, even though I was not in the mood to study. I loved the different places that are offered here to study, with the variety of settings, noise, and privacy.” The writer concluded her remarks by stating: “I wanted to finally express my gratitude to the very kind librarians who have helped me over the course of the past 2 years.”
The note also included compliments for the brown leather chairs in the Moody-Jones corridor. In fact, a number of people have had positive things to say about the chairs. They were moved there temporarily to make room for orientation in the foyer. However, the chairs have been so popular that we are looking into possibly keeping some their permanently.
Strategic planning meetings
We’ve had some productive meetings with each department in the Central Libraries this week. We discussed the draft list of FY 2016 action items, and the Libraries overall strategic planning process. Thank you to all who were able to attend and who participated in the discussion.
As promised, here is a link to last year’s institutional effectiveness report.
Harry Ransom Center trip #2
On Monday, a second group of library faculty and staff traveled to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. We were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Center in the morning, and a docent-led tour of the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland exhibit in the afternoon. We are grateful to the good folks at the Ransom Center for providing a wonderful, educational visit. “Thanks” to Bruce, Christina, Stephen, Carl, and Chason for driving on these excursions!
September 19, 2014
Banned Books Week (September 21-27, 2014) is observed by libraries of all types around the United States through book readings, conferences, and other events celebrating freedom from censorship. This week is an activity sponsored by the Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF), a section of the American Library Association (ALA). Throughout history books have been banned or challenged for many reasons. A book is “challenged” when a person or group of people attempt to prohibit or restrict access to a book. A book is “banned” when the challenge is successful in getting the book removed or blocked. Many lists of banned and challenged books are available on the ALA web site.
For a closer look at a banned book here in our libraries, check out Ramona McKeown’s blog post on our new Central Libraries Special Collections Newsletter.
August 6, 2014
There are several events in Moody/Jones prior to the start of classes on August 25th.
8/11 – 15 8/16 8/18-19 8/18-22 8/19 8/21 – 24 8/20 8/22 8/25
8/11 – 15
8/21 – 24
May 29, 2014
What is happening?
- The Central Libraries has a great opportunity once again to welcome incoming Baylor students and their families to Baylor during New Student Orientation, which begins on June 4, 2014. This year, in addition to Dr Pepper Hour, we are also hosting the Campus Connections session. Campus Connections brings together representatives from about 40 offices across campus to present information about their services for students at tables.
Where is this taking place?
- This event will be located in Moody Library throughout the Allbritton Foyer and Goodpasture Concourse.
Where did the display cases go?
- In order to accommodate both the Dr Pepper Hour and Campus Connections sessions during New Student Orientation the exhibit cases have been relocated near the Information Desk on the first floor of Moody Library, the hanging posters will be removed form the ceiling and much of the furniture in the Allbritton Foyer will be relocated to the Garden Level.
When will this all take place?
- This year’s Dr Pepper Hour/Campus Connections sessions will take place on the following dates from about 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.: June 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 19, 23 and 24
Who is helping from Libraries?
- The Central Libraries will have a table (coordinated by Sha Towers), and other library groups will also be present at a table(s) – sorry, I don’t have a complete list of all the tables.
April 16, 2014
Finals week can be a very stressful time for students. We are hoping this meet & greet with local therapy dogs will give students a few moments of comfort. If all goes well, we will try to plan this each fall and spring semester.
When: May 7, 8, 9 (Wed-Fri); 7pm – 9pm
Where: Old Java City area
Who: Angel Paws (local dog therapy group : http://www.angelpaws.info/) & our Baylor students
Of course, you are welcome to stop by and meet our visitors, but help me keep our focus / time / space open for the students. No doubt there are many of us that need good fuzzy hug therapy – but we may want to explore that a different way. (smile)
April 10, 2014
Theme: “Striking a Balance: Positive Practices in Libraries”
Date: May 14-15, 2014
Striking a Balance: Positive Practices in Libraries, the theme for the online conference, will offer hints on how to find balance in solving problems, making decisions, and overall management of our lives and our library careers. Spend time learning how others in the library profession strike a balance and how this balance contributes to overall success in their lives and in their libraries.
Registration is now open and admission is free for member libraries (Yes, Baylor is a member of Amigos!). We will not be setting up library-wide, come-and-go group reservations for this year’s event as we have in the past, so anyone who is interested in attending the online sessions should submit an individual (or small group) registration packet. The registration form and conference schedule are available at http://www.amigos.org/member_conference_2014. Baylor’s OCLC symbol, which is one of the first things asked in the form, is IYU. Simply leave blank the “Name of voting representative” section when prompted since it is not required for attending breakout sessions.
March 3, 2014
Save the Date! for the Scholarly Resources & Facilities Open House. Stop by Moody Suite 201 to see new work spaces and learn what these folks do.
When: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 3-5pm.
We will send out reminders closer to the date.
Scholarly Resources and Facilities is the department responsible for collection management (collection development and stacks maintenance), care for collections (binding and preservation), facilities, and the Central Libraries Special Collections.
See you there!
btw: there will be snacks. : )