June 12, 2015
Dr. Pepper Hour and Campus Connections, Summer 2015, Moody Memorial Library
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!
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.
- End of Summer 2nd Term finals
8/11 – 15
- iEngage students working on projects in G42 and Jones 105 (reception will not be held in libraries)
- New Faculty Orientation – Jones 200
- International Student early move-in and orientation – vans will be parked on Castelaw side of Moody Library
- Music Graduate student exams and lunch – Moody 3rd floor
8/21 – 24
- 10:30am – 1:30pm – President’s Graduate Student Reception – Allbritton Foyer
- 2:00pm – 5:00pm – Campus Connections (for students who were not able to come through Orientation) – Allbritton Foyer
- 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Campus Connections (for transfer students) – Allbritton Foyer
- First day of Fall Semester classes
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. : )
February 11, 2014
You are invited to attend an online workshop hosted by Amigos on the new RDA protocol, which is the recently released successor to AACR2. Full program details are available on the Amigos website at http://www.amigos.org/rda_conference, but in particular we want to highlight the 11:00 am session presented by Bruce Evans and Allison Yanos in which they describe Baylor’s implementation of RDA in the middle of significant personnel, organizational, and operational change. Please feel free to attend different breakout sessions as they fit in your schedules.
When? — Thursday, Feb 20th
Time? — 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where? — Jones 200 and Creekmore
Sessions to be presented in each room will be posted near the entrance to each on the day of the event.
Feel free to contact Ken Carriveau if you have any questions about this event.
July 22, 2013
On Thursday, 25 July, staff from Atlas Systems will conduct an all-day workshop, ILLiad Tips, Tricks, and Error Processing at Baylor. Several Baylor Libraries staff will participate in the training, as will about a dozen guests from other libraries in the region. Please give a warm welcome to any of these visitors on Thursday.
We will have signs and personnel to direct participants to the meeting. If you do happen to run into anyone searching for the ILLiad training, please direct them to the Creekmore Conference Room, Jones Library, 2nd fl.
October 20, 2011
Friday, 21 Oct, will be the second UNWIND concert in the Moody foyer. What is UNWIND? Join us and find out!
This week’s concert features string chamber music works by Tchaikovsky, Kodaly, and Jimenez.
Learn more at http://www.baylor.edu/lib/index.php?id=85377
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