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2008 Summer Changes

October 9th, 2008 by Alison Simpson in Features

The staff was busy this year conducting a physical inventory of the Main Stacks and enhancing the facility in general. We are excited about the changes and hope that you will be as well.

Private Study Rooms

Four of the previous A/V Viewing rooms have been converted into private study rooms. Students will need their ID Cards to check out a key for one of these rooms and can keep the room for a period of three hours. These spaces will allow students to have a private area where they can study and concentrate. The rooms can ccommodate two patrons per room for paired study or exam preparations.

New Book Section Expanded

New BooksThe New Books Section received some additional shelving. This expansion has afforded the relocation of the North Carolina Documents. This also has created a more prominent area for the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). The new books are not just new library acquisitions, but new Baker and Taylor lease books as well. The New Books Section shelves are located adjacent to the Reference Desk for easy access and browsing.

Popular Reading Area

Reading AreaBaker and Taylor is the name of the lease company from which the Ethel K. Smith Library has a contract for new and popular books. These books are not a permanent part of the library’s collection and rotate out on a regular basis. While there may be some titles that will be applicable for academic use, most are leisure reading. The area also has a rotating kiosk of popular magazines as well as two couches.

Subscription Journals

JournalsAll of the scholarly journals that the Ethel K. Smith Library has current
subscriptions for have been concentrated into an area near the Reference Desk. This new location will provide better access to these journals, highlight the collections, and encourage inquiries to back issues on hand in the Closed Stacks.

Wall of Presidents

PresidentsFive portraits of several past presidents of Wingate College and a portrait of the original principal of Wingate School have been relocated from the Efird Memorial Library. These portraits are currently on display on the Mezzanine of the Ethel K. Smith Library’s second floor. A list accompanies the portraits providing their presidential dates, etc.

Writing Center

Writing CenterThe former Quiet Study Room now houses the Wingate University Writing Center. With twenty computer stations and various tutors, this will be an excellent resource for students and faculty. The facility is located adjacent to the Academic Resource Center on the second floor of the Ethel K. Smith Library. The director, Mr. Kevin Winchester, is very excited and eager to assist students and faculty at any stage of the writing process.

Quiet Study Room

Quiet Study RoomThe Quiet Study Room is located on the second floor next to the Cornwell Room. This room has individual study carrels and can accommodate up to fifteen patrons at a time. As the name suggests, no talking is allowed in this space – ideal for the student who likes to concentrate on his or her work.

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