“If we were going to become a great university…the Library [would be] the absolute core and heart of this institution.” -Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, 2006
Since 1958, the American Library Association has designated one week in April to recognize the contributions libraries make to our country. From the point of view of the Library faculty and staff, one of the blessings of working at Regent is the appreciation and thanks we so often receive from our students.
While we normally use this space to address our patrons’ concerns and requests, since National Library Week ends on Saturday, we would like to post a few of the kind words received from students on the Customer Satisfaction Survey last fall:
A Place to Study
“The environment provided in the Library is very conducive to productivity, and all of its resources are stellar.”
“I have a busy lifestyle and enjoy the fact that I am able to get my school work done at the Library in a quiet and calm environment.”
“Whenever I had some time to kill and I was in the area, I always came to the Library because it was a great place to get work done.”
A Place to Research
“I think the resources that the Library offers are relevant to my areas of study. The interlibrary resources have been extremely valuable. Even if the article of interest is not available immediately in the database, the Library staff has been able to respond to my needs”
“The whole database thing was super confusing until one of my professors had a librarian come into class and explain how to navigate the Library website.”
“I most often use the databases online, and I really appreciate the access that it gives me to some really wonderful resources.”
“The Library is by far one of my favorite spots on campus. The librarians are easy to work with and extremely helpful. The selection of books is beyond satisfactory.”
“I’m completely satisfied with Library resources, which appear to expand all the time!”
The Library provides resources and services that support Regent’s mission.
A Place to Feel Welcome
“Overall, the Library building and people in there have been amazing to me. There was great quality, connection, service, and guidance during my time at Regent.”
“I was a commuter my first two years at Regent so the Library was my home away from home! I spent so much of my downtime there. So many memories were made on the first floor of the Library studying and hanging out with my friends. It is honestly my favorite building at Regent!”
“I appreciate that the Library staff share God’s love and kindness as they serve the students and staff. I believe they are a huge asset to Regent University, and I am thankful for the assistance I have received from them.”
Would it be possible to…?
The Library’s goal is always to maintain a caring atmosphere with spaces that support intensive study and research, literary and cultural events, leisure reading, and even quiet socializing. In order to accomplish this, we are dependent on feedback from our users, some of whom are quite creative in their suggestions:
“I generally use the Library as a quiet place to study, so I am for anything that preserves or enhances that atmosphere. This might sound weird, but an indoor fountain would be really nice, to get that soothing sound of running water. Just a thought!”
“Anything to make the 3rd floor more like an 18th century Oxford common room would be cool.”
All we have to say to great suggestions such as these is “Amen, and keep them coming!”
This week (April 12 – 18) marks the 57th annual celebration of National Library Week, a yearly observance sponsored by the American Library Association. The purpose of National Library Week is to draw attention to the contribution libraries make to the cultural and civic life of our country. The official theme this year is “Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.”
Kickoff & Book Art Awards
On April 13, the Library kicked off National Library Week celebrations at Regent by announcing the winners of the Book Art Contest. Forty-seven (47) students submitted artworks made out of obsolete books that would otherwise have been recycled. The three winners of this year’s contest are:
The contest is not over!
Stop by the Library Gallery by Friday, and cast your vote for the “People’s Choice Award,” which will be announced next week. The artist whose work receives the most votes will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.
Faculty Book Talks on Thursday
On Thursday at 2:00 in the Library auditorium, five members of the Regent faculty will discuss their new books:
Regent faculty authors will personally inscribe your copy of their book.
Refreshments and a book signing will conclude this event.
Faculty Recommends Posters
The Library continued its National Library Week tradition of offering reading and research recommendations from Regent Faculty. This year six faculty members offer their selections:
L. O. Natt Gantt (School of Law)
Dr. Patricia Lutz (College of Arts & Sciences)
Dr. Ionut Popescu (Robertson School of Government)
Dr. Timothy Redmer (School of Business & Leadership)
Dr. Marjorie Peters (College of Arts & Sciences)
Dr. Marcus Pfeiffer (School of Communications)
The poster series is located in the Library Lobby.
Books for Needy Children
All this week, the Library is collecting children’s books for Hope Haven Children’s Home & Union Mission. Please consider donating new or gently used children’s books to children from troubled families. Collection boxes are located in the Library and Student Center.
National Library Week is April 12-18, and this year the theme is Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library ®. As part of our celebration of this joyous observance, the Library is coordinating a Book Art Contest for the most creative use of discarded books from the Library collection.
A Contest for Destroying Books?!
Libraries regularly weed books because they have been replaced by newer editions, have been damaged beyond repair, or because they no longer support the research or enrichment needs of the community. We are currently discarding a large number of bound periodicals that our experience indicates we will be unable to sell or donate to another organization. Rather than recycle them, we are inviting the Regent and CBN communities to give them new life as works of art.
Rules & Eligibility
Basically, the only rules are that your creation must include old Library books be received by 3:00 pm on April 8, 2015. Members of the Regent and CBN communities may participate individually or as a group. For a complete list of rules, fine print, as well as an entry form, see our official contest rules page.
The possibilities are endless, and it’s not as hard as you think. There are a number of excellent tutorials on YouTube, such as this one:
All entries will be judged by a blind jury, and the winners will be announced on April 13th at 3:00 pm in the Library Gallery at our National Library Week kickoff.
Prizes for the winners will be: 1st place: $150, 2nd place: $100, and 3rd place: $50. During National Library Week, visitors to the exhibition will be able to vote for a “People’s Choice Award,” the winner of which will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.
by Sara Baron, Ed.D., Dean of the University Library
“Freedom is found through the portals of our nation’s libraries.” —David McCullough, American historian
Next week (April 13 – 19) is the 56th annual celebration of National Library Week, a yearly observance sponsored by the American Library Association. The purpose of National Library Week is to draw attention to the contribution libraries make in the cultural and civic life of our country.
To mark this special week, the Library has planned four events:
1. Monday: Student Appreciation Day We love and appreciate our students! Join us for a fun day at the library—games, snacks, surprises, and a chance to win a bookstore or Ordinary gift certificate.
2. Monday – Thursday: NLW Essay & Video Contest Announcements Regent students were invited to submit essays and videos on the 2014 National Library Week theme, “Lives Change @ Your Library.” Winning essays will be announced daily, followed by the winning video.
3. All Week: Share your Library Selfies and Shelfies Library guests are invited to snap a library selfie telling their story about how libraries have changed their lives. Bubble signs are at the reference desk and we will snap your photo and send it to you. Alternatively, you may share your shelfies (selfies with book shelves) on our Facebook group page.
4. All Week: Faculty Recommends Posters Six Regent faculty members share their favorite reading quotes, books, periodicals, music and movies, and Scripture verses. The posters are in the main Library Lobby and on bulletin boards throughout the campus.
To help us kick off our National Library Week festivities, Regent Student Services today released its latest question of the week video: “What book character would you be?”
Libraries are where it all begins. -Rita Dove, United States Poet Laureate, 1993-1995
National Library Week will be celebrated from April 13 to April 19, and the nationwide theme for 2014 is “Lives change @ your library.” This year, our most important observance will be essay and video contests open to all current Regent students. Simply tell us, in words or video, how libraries change lives, and you may win a cash prize*:
1st place video and essay: $150 each
2nd place video and essay: $75 each
3rd place video and essay: $50 each
Entries may take the form of history, biography, stream-of-consciousness, rhythmic montage, etc.—unleash your creativity—as long as they conform to our judging criteria:
Essays: Must be no longer than 500 words and submitted via our contest webform by midnight on April 6, 2014. Essays will be judged by the following criteria:
Adherence to the theme “Lives Change @ Your Library.”
Videos: Must be no longer than 3 minutes, posted on YouTube and the link submitted via our contest webform by midnight on April 6, 2014. Videos will be judged by the following criteria:
Adherence to the theme “Lives Change @ Your Library.”
All winners will be announced during National Library Week and posted on the Library website. The 1st place entries will be posted on the Library blog and YouTube channel.
Please direct questions about the contests to Harold Henkel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-352-4198.
*If participants are Regent employees (such as GAs), prize money will be in their paycheck and subject to tax withholding.