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Press Release for Wednesday, September 25, 2013

UNF Thomas G. Carpenter Library Receives NEFLIN Innovation Award

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida's Thomas G. Carpenter Library earned the 2013 Northeast Florida Library Information Network Innovation Award for its effort to meet the learning needs of faculty through course-related videos.

The NEFLIN Innovation Award recognizes an inventive program or service that has demonstrated impact on the community a NEFLIN library serves and is selected by the NEFLIN Board of Directors. The Carpenter Library received the award Sept. 12, at the annual NEFLIN meeting held at the University Club.

Last fall, faculty in the Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education at UNF approached the Carpenter Library about hosting course-related video and other materials in the campus institutional repository, UNF Digital Commons. As plans were made to increase distance-course offerings, the department sought an easily accessible centralized hub from which students and instructors could access media-rich course materials.

"We are very pleased that the Carpenter Library has been recognized for its innovative service," said Dee Baldwin, interim Carpenter Library dean. "Not only does this benefit the UNF faculty and students, but the American Sign Language community throughout the world may access the videos."

Members of the Digital Projects and Preservation Department in the Carpenter Library provided a rich supply of videos, reformatted these materials and hosted them in an open-access repository, which benefits faculty, students and the American Sign Language community. In this new service, the library reaches users beyond the physical campus and makes high-quality course materials accessible to geographically distributed students. More than 6,000 users have downloaded the materials since its implementation.

This was the first project in which UNF Digital Commons has been used to serve course materials to students and faculty. The project serves as an example of how the Carpenter Library can partner with academic departments as the need for support of distance-learning increases.

This project created a new partnership involving the Carpenter Library, the Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education within the College of Education as well as the Center for Instruction and Research Technology at the University. Implementation of the site was a team effort, with faculty designing an appropriate arrangement for course materials, library staff working to reformat, describe and upload materials and CIRT providing servers from which to stream media.

UNF Digital Commons is an institutional repository, which provides a permanent and organized digital presence for the intellectual and creative output of the UNF community. Research and scholarly material included has been selected and deposited by individual faculty, the Special Collections of the Carpenter Library and the departments and centers on campus.

UNF, a   nationally ranked  university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.