Fall 2017 was another busy and productive semester at Nelson Poynter Memorial Library (NPML). For years, students have asked for more late-night hours. This past semester we were able to deliver. The Library is now open during the academic year until 2 am Monday through Thursday evenings. The increased hours have been a major success with students, judging by our gate counts and numerous positive comments. Also new this year, the Student Technology Center (STC) opened to provide technology and software assistance. In addition to very helpful staff and student assistants, the STC makes available for use a training room, a digital makerspace, and a MyStudio video booth.
Remember the adage you can’t judge a book by its cover? The same applies to people. In November, as part of the Diversity Week, NPML hosted a Living Library event, during which members of the Saint Petersburg community shared stories about their lives and perspectives. Students, faculty, and staff had the opportunity to listen, ask questions, and learn from people from diverse backgrounds and with varied experiences.
One of the highlights of the semester was a series of focus groups for the USFSP community designed to help us better understand what library users would like on the first floor. More than 50 participants spent several hours telling us what they thought about our space, furniture, conveniences, and general ambiance. I'll share findings of the report with our community in February.
In spring, NPML will continue to host a variety of events designed to enrich and engage the USFSP community. The therapy dogs will make their regularly scheduled visits. Workshops on a variety of topics, from Quality Matters certification to Research Essentials will continue. Watch the Library home page for upcoming events.
Don't hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or comments. I look forward to seeing you in Spring 2018!