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VIVA: Longwood University Featured Member Library

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Member Library Interviews

VIVA Featured Member Library: Longwood University

An interview with Brent Roberts, Dean of the Library, on April 18, 2017

Longwood University

What are three points of pride in your library?

  • Library involvement in curriculum change:  For the past three years, Longwood faculty have toiled tirelessly at rebuilding the university's general education program into a new and improved Core Curriculum.  Librarians have been deeply involved in this process every step of the way, ensuring that information literacy is a central feature of the new curriculum.
  • Focus on student creativity:  Greenwood Library sponsors the Greenwood Student Art Awards, recognizing student art from Junior and Senior shows each spring.  Student artwork is then showcased in the library, exhibited for one year for all to enjoy.
  • Responsiveness to student needs:  In direct response to requests from students, we are implementing initiatives to increase number of electrical outlets, create additional study rooms, and expand hours until 2 am Sunday-Thursday.  Also, we bought a popcorn popper and students are falling in love with Greenwood Library all over again!

What is the most popular spot in the library for users?

  • Hands-down, the most popular spot in Greenwood Library is the Atrium, a beautiful open area where students collaborate on group projects, meet with faculty members, discuss big ideas, plan their lives, and bask in the golden natural sunlight which streams down from large cathedral windows above.

Which VIVA resource or service do we value the most, and why?

  • Interlibrary Loan Services: With VIVA's help and the network of collaborative colleagues throughout the great Commonwealth of Virginia, we are able to respond swiftly to requests for information for our patrons.