Fall is almost here!

While our temps may not show it, the start of ‘fall’ semester is almost here! The Central Libraries will host several upcoming opportunities for visitors and orientation sessions.

    graduation visitors (8/12)
    numerous orientations with our R&E and Online Teaching & Learning group
    new faculty orientation (8/15)
    new graduate orientation (8/16)
    Welcome Week students (8/17-20)
    first day of classes (8/21)
    libraries’ graduate reception (GRC) (8/31)

This is an exciting and busy time for our faculty and students – please show Baylor community our best “Welcome Back” !!!


December Diaper Drive

Every year, the libraries are host to the Diaper Drive organized by Ellen Filgo. The box is up! in Moody 1st floor. Please see the information below, and feel free to contact Ellen if you have any questions.


Community Events – One Book One Waco

For those of you interested in Waco’s book-y events, here is a report from Bill Hair, our representative with One Book One Waco.

Activities/events surrounding the OBOW book selection this year:

The Good Food Revolution, by Will Allen.

Sunday, Sept. 25 – “Growing Cities”, A documentary film about urban farming in America will be shown at the Waco Hippodrome at 2:00PM. FREE to the general public.

Thursday, Oct. 6 – “Homemade Biscuits”, A ‘Make and Take’ event with Nancy Grayson of Lula Jane’s. East Waco Library (901 Elm St.) at 7:00PM

Tuesday, Oct. 11 – “Food Desert”, In the middle of cities, good food can be hard to find. Take a look at solutions on the horizon by screening related TED Talks, followed by a discussion of the ideas presented with special guest, Jimmy Dorrell of Mission Waco. Waco-McLennan County Central Public Library (1717 Austin Ave.) at 7:00PM.

Tuesday, Oct. 18 – “Crazy Caprese! With Wendy”, Learn about one of the freshest and simplest salads, how to make it your own, and walk away with your custom, homemade salad dressing. Instructor: Wendy Moulds from MCC. Waco-McLennan County Central Public Library (1717 Austin Ave.) at 7:00PM.

Smile! We have visitors!

August is a busy month with the start of classes on the 22nd. We have several events planned in our Central Libraries’ spaces. Please be aware of what is going on around you and help us greet our new faculty and students! Thank you!

Tuesday 8/16

  • New Faculty Orientation
      All day . Jones 200 – approx. 70
      Lunch in Moody Prichard Family Information Commons
  • Wednesday 8/17

  • President’s Reception for New Graduate Students
      11:30 – 1:30 Moody Foyer Lunch approx. 200
      1:00 – 3:00 Graduate Information Fair in Incubator and Insurance informational session in Jones 200 approx 70
  • Orientation
      3:30 -5:00 Moody Foyer for an Orientation/Dr. Pepper hour for students that missed in June.
  • Friday 8/19

  • SI (Supplemental Instruction) Training
      All day. Jones 200 and Creekmore – approx. 50
  • Friday 8/26

  • Late Night (Student Life)
      Evening, open late until midnight Moody Foyer
  • Monday 8/29

  • Library Graduate Student Orientation
      4:00 – 5:30 Graduate Research Center
  • Free! February Digital Scholarship Newsletter Now Available!

    The February Digital Scholarship newsletter is now available. It contains a quick summary of Baylor Digital Scholarship activities for the month, including: what’s happening in the Jones Digital Scholarship Space and on the 84” Touchscreen, project updates for ongoing projects with faculty and students, and a report on a successful in-class DS workshop. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter email list so you receive the March issue.

    The Week in Review, 21 August 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.



    Moody & Jones – visitors in the building next week!

    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)

    The Week in Review, 12 June 2015

    Dr. Pepper Hour and Campus Connections, Summer 2015, Moody Memorial Library

    Summer Orientation

    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!

    Carol and Sinai work the crowd, Dr. Pepper Hour and Campus Connections, Summer 2015, Moody Memorial Library

    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!




    Nice Compliment

    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!

    National Banned Books Week (September 21-27, 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.