The campus celebrated the renovated and expanded library building with a celebration in October 2006 during Founders� Week. Dr. Thomas G. Carpenter, founding UNF president for whom the Library is named, was present for the event. The new facility is a grand presence on campus, provides much-needed space for library collections and services, and is heavily used by students.
The Library hired its first full-time Director of Development in January 2007, part of an effort to launch a new external fund-raising program. An endowment for library resources, named in honor of Director Emeritus Andrew Farkas, was created in the spring and a campaign was begun to solicit gifts for this fund. Beginning efforts to establish a Dean�s Leadership Council were successful, resulting in an initial steering committee meeting in June to create bylaws and help solicit charter members.
The Library's READ poster program has expanded and is extremely popular. Selected UNF faculty authors and other campus personalities are pictured holding books they have authored or which are meaningful to them. Many framed posters grace the walls of the library building.
The Library worked with faculty in the Coastal Biology Flagship program to provide new resources and also collaborated with Brooks College of Health to generate new support for library resources for the new DNP and DPT programs.
Co-sponsorship with Student Government helped provide 24-hour library access during final exam periods. The Library partnered with the Athletics Department to provide special study arrangements for student athletes, a program which piloted in summer 2007. The Library also partnered with the Osher Lifelong Learning Program of Continuing Education to plan for classes, special tours, and library privileges to begin in fall 2007.
The Library recruited for eight new employees, including three new positions and five positions vacant due to retirements.
The Library conducted an online survey in April 2007 to assess user satisfaction and potential interest in new services. Results included high levels of satisfaction with the new facility and expressions of interest in an instant message reference service, a laptop check-out program, and a library link in MyWings.
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