Librarians Abroad

Your friendly neighborhood librarians and archivists are world travelers. Since Fall 2018, several of our library staff members ventured to exciting places in partnership with classes. Enjoy the footage of their excursions! Part One We welcome you to share your journeys—both past and future—on our world map. Ready to embark on your next adventure? We will have even more inspiration on the shelves. Students selected materials … [Read more...]

In celebration of Jean Coates upon the Occasion of her Retirement

This week we say goodbye to Jean Coates, who will retire on May 27 after 22 years at Davidson, 21 of them in the library.  Jean started as a staff member in circulation and interlibrary loan, earned her Masters of Library and Information Science degree while working full-time, and moved up the ladder, finishing her career as Assistant Director for Access and Acquisitions.  Known for her dedication to going above and beyond to serve faculty and students, Jean will now spend lots of quality time … [Read more...]

Thanks to Our Student Staff!

The collective work of our student staff during this past school year - keeping the Music Library open 87.5 hours a week, the main library Information Desk open 104 hours a week, and checking out and shelving more than 20,000 books and other library materials – is truly remarkable. While much of what they do is visible to library patrons, a considerable amount of student work also goes on behind the scenes. Their daily labor plays a critical role in providing information resources and services … [Read more...]

Two Years of 24/7

It’s hard for me to believe, but the library has just completed its second year of 24/7.  The good news is that there has been very little property crime and no assaults.  Students love having the library available any time they want it, and the gate count (number of people entering the library) shows it:   The two big jumps reflect the renovation of the main floor to bring in the Center for Teaching and Learning in 2011 and 24/7 opening starting in 2014. My assessment:  24/7 … [Read more...]

Appreciation of Student Employees

Getting the chance to work with our student employees is one of the very best parts of our job in the Library.  They actually keep us humming, we have 55 this year, and we literally cannot operate without them! The Main Library Information Desk assistants are on duty the 106 hours a week that the Information desk is open and the Music Library hours just shy of that.  And as a matter of fact, from 5:00 p.m. on Fridays until 4:00 p.m. on Sundays, the Information Desk Assistants keep both libraries … [Read more...]