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INSTITUTIONS IN THE NEWS 

March 2019

Daytona State College Opens New Library

The new L. Gale Lemerand Student Center opened on March 18, 2019 as scheduled.  It is an eye catching, three-story, 84,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility.  The building sits at the main entrance of Daytona State College.

The student center holds the following:  Academic Support Center, cafeteria, Career Services, classrooms, coffee lounge, conference rooms, event space, game rooms, Library, outside dining area, Student Activities, study commons and the Writing Center.

The Student Center is located next to building 100 where admissions and registration are located.  After students have completed their admissions and registration process, they can immediately join other students here.

We are very excited to see students engaging with one another.  One student views the Student Center as a “college playground” where they can be in contact over breakfasts, lunches and/or snacks.

January 2019

USF-St. Pete Library Receives $1 Million From Donor

According to an article in the Tampa Bay Times, Josephine Hall, a long-time resident of St. Petersburg and frequent patron of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, passed away in November 2017 at the age of 98. A life-long patron of the arts, she left the university $2 million, of which half is pledged to the library. The full story of this wonderful gift can be found here.

 

Part of FAU’s Wimberly Library Gets a Modern Makeover

The fourth floor of the Wimberly Library is officially open after renovations were completed over winter break. The quiet study space, which once had carpeted floors and wooden furniture, was redesigned to be more modern with tiled floors, new study carrels, and increased access to natural light.  

The overall goal was to renovate the fourth floor to provide a brighter, more comfortable quiet study zone after receiving feedback from FAU students during our 2018 Student Satisfaction Survey.  

“For the past three years, the Libraries have been redesigning spaces to be both more functional and more inviting,” said Carol Hixson, Dean of the University Libraries. “The fourth floor redesign showcases the commitment of the Libraries to improving the total experience for FAU’s students.” 

The redesign planning began in the summer of 2018, after student survey results indicated that the fourth floor was the least favorite study spot in the library. Over 30 percent of students also requested more study areas, white boards, comfortable chairs, and better access to power. The transformed space now offers all of these amenities.   

There are 28 new study carrels in addition to the 40 that were previously on the floor. The new carrels are equipped with duplex outlets, which allows 56 devices to be plugged in at one time. For those looking for a more relaxed study spot, there are now 13 additional comfortable chairs. Painted bookshelf ends and a more open floor plan provided the finishing touches to make the space more inviting.

The fourth floor was designed with the students in mind. That’s why we expect it to become one of our most popular study areas within the library.

 

UCF Continues with Its 21st Century Library

Over the past few years, a major renovation has been underway at the John C. Hitt Library on the main campus. The multi-faceted project is designed to support the explosive growth in enrollment the university has experienced over the past two decades. The first phase was completed in July 2018 and included the construction of an Automated Retrieval Center (ARC), a high-capacity storage facility capable of holding 1.25 million volumes. Students and faculty can request materials from the ARC and the system quickly retrieves them for use. This system is the first of its kind in Florida.

The next phase of the renovation project will be to connect the ARC to the existing library via a “Connector” building, which will include a new entrance to the library, new library instruction classes, a multipurpose room and addition space for students. More phases are planned in the years ahead. Click here to get the latest information, see plans of the entire renovation, and view several videos of the ARC in action.

 

UF Smathers Libraries Receive Major Gift of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings – Julia Scribner Bigham Correspondence

A collection of personal and professional correspondence between Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953) and her literary executor Julia Scribner Bigham has been donated as an addition to the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Papers in the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections. Also included in this gift is a collection of letters concerning the literary estate and the posthumous publication of some of Rawlings’s works.  See the full article here.

 

February 2018

Three Cheers for SCF!

Congratulations are in order for State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), on its new Bradenton Campus Library and Learning Center, which has opened to great approval from outside observers and that most highly valued of constituencies – students. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports in a Feb. 5 article on the opening, “Students flowed into the new library as if it had been there since they first came to the campus.” As one young man was quoted, “My first impression is that it looks awesome. … It’s creative and inclusive, and I feel like it will generate great ideas for students.”

Director of Library Services Meg Hawkins told the newspaper, “We wanted to make spaces that the students felt good being in. We didn’t want it to be a book warehouse.”

Glass wrapped and featuring copious space for study, the new $17.6 million building was 18 months in the making. Find a video of the structure on the library’s Facebook page.

 

 

 

January 2018

New Library Takes a Star Turn

The Bradenton Herald shines a spotlight on State College of Florida (SCF) Manatee-Sarasota’s new Library & Learning Center, set to open in February on the Bradenton Campus, in a Jan. 5 article about the college’s “new brand” focusing on increased community engagement. “We want to position our college at the center of the economic, educational, and cultural life of our community,” SCF President Carol Probsfeld told the Herald. She calls the Bradenton library “the most significant building we have built in the last 25 years and the next 25 years on this campus,” the newspaper reports.

 

November 2017

Sunshine State Digital Network Launch Announced

Florida State University Libraries, Florida International University, and the University of Miami have teamed up to launch the Sunshine State Digital Network (SSDN). As detailed in an FSU Libraries post on Nov. 17: “The SSDN is part of the Digital Public Library of America, and FSU is proud to be the service hub for the state of Florida. The service hub represents a community of institutions in the state which will provide their partner institutions aggregated metadata for the DPLA and offer tiered services to connect institutions of all sizes to DPLA.”

To learn more about this exciting new initiative, which will “provide digital access to over 72,000 cultural heritage materials from across the state of Florida,” see  FSU Libraries’ full post or visit the Sunshine State Digital Network website.

 

Universities Join EBSCO Open-Access Initiative

Florida State University and the University of Florida are among the institutions named as participants in OpenDissertations.org, a new collaborative open-access initiative undertaken by EBSCO Information Services and partner BiblioLabs, according to a news release.

OpenDissertations.org, which will go live in 2018, is intended to help make electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) “as widely visible and cited as possible” while directing additional traffic to ETDs in institutional repositories. The program is free for authors and participating institutions.

 

October 2017

USF Team Uses 3D Imaging to Document Historic Forts

A team of researchers from the Digital Heritage and Humanities Collections of the University of South Florida (USF) Libraries is working with the National Park Service to use 3D imaging to capture St. Augustine’s historic Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas. The work is intended to aid efforts to preserve and protect the two masonry forts, both designated as national monuments.

Led by Dr. Lori Collins and Dr. Travis Doering, USF researchers will use lasers to create 3D images of the interiors and exteriors of the structures. “We’re basically doing a full-scale 3D documentation survey,” Collins told WTLV-TV for an article posted Oct. 18. “Even things that are very hard to detect or see with the human eye, we can pick out with these types of instruments,” she said. “We can collect everything from really, half a human hair kind of accuracy, all the way up to 330 meters of landscape.”

Hurricane Irma’s recent impact on St. Augustine increased concern about the risk of storm damage to the sites.

 

Donation to Fund Room at New Bradenton Campus Library

The philanthropic organization Together Manatee has donated $25,000 for a community room at the new Library & Learning Center under construction at the Bradenton Campus of State College of Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, according to a news release. The donation qualifies for matching by the State College of Florida Foundation and the college’s Board of Trustees, which will bring total funds for the space to $50,000. The “Together Manatee” community room is intended to serve both campus and community, and will offer multiple visual displays, LED monitors, teleconferencing, and video/audio capture. The multi-use space will accommodate up to 200 people. The new library is expected to open in early 2018.

 

OER a Win for Santa Fe College

Today@Santa Fe reports that Santa Fe College, in Gainesville, has saved students more than $1 million in textbook costs through the use of open educational resources (OER) since tracking of the savings began. The number of sections using OER more than doubled from Fall 2016 to Fall 2017, going from 98 to 207.

 

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