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
The 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
Baker 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.
All 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
Five 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.
The 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
The 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.
by Amee Odom, Director of the EKS Library
The Ethel K. Smith Library Audio Visual Auditorium received a significant renovation during the summer months. The room is now equipped to accommodate 84-90 students simultaneously with electronic and wireless Internet access for their laptops. The room serves as a classroom environment for Undergraduate students, Pharmacy School students, the Congressional Scholars program, and a variety of campus presentations and programs.
The Library Audio-Video Viewing/Listening Rooms and the Computer lab have received new chairs. The Computer lab has chairs that swivel and are adjustable, not to mention comfy. In the AV rooms there are also more comfortable chairs for watching films or listening to CDs/ Records in the Library’s Collection.
- Greg from the WU Maintenance Department has been hard at work refinishing the wood stair handrails leading from the Reference area to the Mezzanine. Next time you take the stairs, notice the beautiful craftsmanship.
- Faculty members, students, and other patrons are enjoying the new easy-access, rotating magazine carousel which houses current issues of many of our popular and scholarly titles.
Boy, the summer sure flew by! The EKS Library Staff has been working hard to get ready for the new school year. Several changes have taken place over the summer.
- The ARC (Academic Resource Center) has moved into the 2nd floor of the Library. Their offices are located the part of the Quiet Room area. After you enter the Library go to your right, down the AV auditorium hall, and up the stairs at the end of the hall.
- A wall was built in the Haskins Room to create the Mary Ann Kincaid Reading Room. This area includes a big comfy red chair and colorful floor rug.
- All of the Main Stack books, Reference books, and periodicals In the collection were reviewed weeded and re-organized.
- New Furniture should be arriving any day for the remaining Quiet Room area- Study carrels will he installed to provide a private, quiet study area.
- New computers are being installed in the Circulation area. These research computers will be faster and patrons will no Longer need to log on. Our homepage will automatically appear.