By Laura Huenneke, Provost and Vice President
for Academic Affairs

If clever promotional posters of nocturnal animals or the coffee at Scholar’s Corner haven’t been enough to entice you to Cline Library lately, then consider this: It’s now, more than ever, a place for people.

Much of the first floor has been transformed into a work area with moveable furnishings, more computer stations and an integrated help desk for research and technology support. An expanded studios space—for listening, viewing, digital media production, presentations, assistive technology and a Mac studio—will open in early spring.

Greater access to the improved space certainly helps. Extended hours through a partnership with ASNAU have driven heavy student use.

Benefits also abound for faculty and academic staff. The first-floor Faculty Commons is a meeting place and home to faculty development resources. And a technology-enriched experimental classroom, ideal for “flipped classroom” and team-based learning approaches, will open next fall.

Cline Library Facts
Visitors: 594,133 in FY12
Availability: Open 108.5 hours per week; until 2 a.m. five nights a week during fall and spring terms; Librarian staff located in Flagstaff, Phoenix Biomedical Campus and Yuma
FY12 Study room checkouts: 14,184
FY12 Laptop
computer checkouts:
26,520
Inventory: NAU users in any location have access to more than 123,000 e-books, more than 175 databases, and articles from more than 60,000 e-journals and newspapers
e-Reserves: Faculty can provide extensive electronic reserve materials instead of requiring textbooks

Cline staff are key allies in incorporating technology to enrich courses and student learning; they digitize and deliver streaming media for class use—nearly 1,500 such requests were filled last year. Cline provides access to fantastic digital content, from 12,000 film titles to large music databases to ARTstor, which includes more than a million images across a range of humanities and fine arts fields.

And of course the library is central to faculty research and scholarship. Our librarians routinely collaborate with faculty to identify and obtain resources, support development of grant proposals and satisfy funders’ requirements for archival or open access posting of research results.

Cline Dean Cynthia Childrey and her colleagues welcome all members of the NAU community to stop in and explore the latest enhancements.

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