The 2015/16 academic year began with 256 new students from diverse backgrounds attending library tours and orientation. When told that the library has over one million items, one student wondered in amazement how anyone could read it all. We are blessed to have such a large collection which we share with other libraries around the globe through interlibrary loan.
The Multimedia Center will soon house the long-awaited café. The room has been re-organized and the microform, formerly housed there, has been relocated. That this is exciting for students was evidenced by one who jumped high and exclaimed loudly. “Yes! I can now get my favorite drink and snack without going out in the snow.” The large format printer, also in the Center, has been invaluable to students and faculty needing to print posters. The price is very competitive.
A portrait of Ellen G. White, painted by Harry Ahn, has also been added to the library, and will eventually be hung in the lobby across from the portrait of James White. Participating in the unveiling was Justin Torossian, a seminarian and the great-great-great grandson of Ellen White. He shared amusing anecdotes about Ellen White. Did you know her favorite color was pink?
Digital Commons @ Andrews University, a repository for Andrews’s scholarly activities, first introduced in the summer of 2015, has gained momentum. This repository allows faculty, staff, and students to share their research with other scholars around the world. Authors are also able to see whether their research is being used. Items uploaded to the site include honors theses, dissertations, and projects. There have been more than 50,000 downloads in 8 months, averaging 400 downloads a day. Our Arts and Humanities research has the most downloads. Global outreach is over 200 countries. The Digital Commons @ Andrews University seeks to provide a place for Andrews faculty and students with other research communities around the world. We have a rich heritage of research here and we are starting to share that heritage around the world in a digital way,” says Terry Robertson, seminary librarian, “we are starting to see our work accessed in some cool places as a result.”
The Music Materials Center announced the debut of their monthly newsletter Eighth Notes in November 2015. Marianne Kordas, Director of the Music Library, writes, “Here you will find updates on new projects, tie-ins to the bulletin board, and collection highlights.” The inaugural issue also features the new acquisitions to the library. This includes new music records, books, and scores as well as new professional high quality headphones and turntables for patron use to enhance their experience. A new graduate assistant Lady Abigail Imperio has also been added to their team.