Wednesday, January 24, 2007

2007 Faculty & Staff Works Reception

Hunter Library invites the university community to our annual reception honoring scholarly and creative achievements by Western’s faculty and staff. The reception will take place on Tuesday, January 30, from 2-3:30 pm on the Library’s main floor. Refreshments will be provided.

This year’s entries include books, articles, sculpture, pottery, paintings, photography, music scores, and other unique productions by Western’s talented community of scholarship. We hope to see you there!

For questions about this annual event, email Dana Edge, Hunter’s Reference Librarian/Business Liaison.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Patrons Give CMC High Marks

As part of a mathematics class assignment, Dana M. Wood, a library student worker, administered a written survey about Hunter’s Curriculum Materials Center—home to our CD, DVD/VHS, and educational materials collections. Administered in November 2006, the survey was completed by 124 randomly selected patrons—92 undergraduates, 2 graduate students, 19 faculty, 10 library personnel, and 1 NC Resident/Visitor. Here are some results:

- 8 respondents visited the CMC for the first time; 116 had visited previously
- 66 respondents came for class purposes; 69 for leisure
- 101 respondents use the CMC at least once a week
- All 124 respondents found the CMC staff helpful
- 59 respondents spent 15 min or less at the CMC; 42 respondents spent 30 minutes; 13 respondents spent 45 min to 1 hour; the rest either spent more than an hour, or were unsure of time spent on each visit

These statistics reaffirm that the CMC’s resources are being used for academic as well as personal development purposes. As you can see, the vast majority of our respondents use the CMC frequently, and feel that their needs are accommodated. It is also clear that while many people stop by for quick transactions, others spend a leisurely hour or longer with their favorite music or film!

We thank the students, faculty, staff and community members who participated in the survey. Special thanks also to Dana for incorporating her class experience with our assessment efforts. For more information about CMC resources and services, visit

Friday, January 05, 2007

Want to Donate to Hunter Library?

Whether they are books, CDs, films, or unique collections, Hunter Library welcomes inquiries about donations from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community. These we receive throughout each year, and we appreciate your support!

To help facilitate the giving process, we have a few helpful, general guidelines about donations.

If your donation meets these guidelines, we encourage you to call 828-227-7357 or email Heath Martin, Collection Development Librarian. Thank you again for supporting Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library.

Hunter Library Features Photographic Art of Mike Campbell

Several photographic interpretations by Mike Campbell, a student in Western’s Department of Art and Design, are featured near the Hunter Computer Lab, on the main floor. These digital photos, printed on canvas, capture Campbell’s perspectives from diverse travels and reflections. We invite you to view these works, portraying locations in France, North Carolina and Georgia as they appeared during his 2005 travels.