The libraries of the University of North Georgia's four campuses will hold open houses on April 22 to help students, faculty and staff learn about the many resources and services they can access.
"Everyone is invited to visit any UNG campus library between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 22 for open house," said Dr. Deborah Prosser, dean of libraries. "We want our students to come and talk to the librarians, who will be discussing the new resources we have such as e-book collections, primary source collections and other databases. Most importantly, we want them to feel welcome here and to let them know we are here to help."
The consolidation of UNG's four campus libraries included several initiatives, such as combining the catalogues of each collection and merging each location into one system used for documentation and tracking of the various items for checkout. Every UNG library now has an expanded collection with access to resources at each of the other libraries.
Students and other university personnel now have access to the catalogues of each campus, and will have to wait only a few business days to receive a book from another campus.
Erica Gordon, a student assistant at the John Harrison Hutch Library on UNG's Gainesville Campus, said that when she began working there she was surprised to learn about some of the services offered.
"We have lots of resources available beyond books for research and leisure," Gordon said. "For example, on the Gainesville Campus we have an education resource room that is very helpful to our education majors. We also have computer labs with access to Galileo and other databases, and the entire library is a nice and quiet setting for work or free time. I didn't realize when I began working here that our resource librarians would help with student papers by gathering research materials and guiding students through research. They do walk-ins and appointments, and if they don't have the right materials they will find other resources for students."
Prosser said they want students to consider this as both a welcome and an invitation, adding that the events will be very informal and low-key.
"Just stop in and talk with us," Prosser said. "There will be refreshments and drawings for prizes. We look forward to welcoming our students, faculty and staff."