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Member Library Interviews

VIVA Featured Member Library: Virginia Western Community College

An interview with Marci Myers, Technical Services & Outreach Librarian, on April 16, 2019

Virginia Western Community College

What are three points of pride in your library?

  • Our staff--we are small, but mighty! Everyone on our staff is dedicated to serving the campus community.

  • Our physical collection--it is now more relevant than ever. Staff work collaboratively to find materials that meet students’ needs.

  • Our space--it is unique to campus. We are one of the only designated quiet areas on the campus and we do our best to uphold the quiet atmosphere. We also have flexible seating options that work for everyone, from group study rooms to computer stations to comfortable lounge seating.

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

  • Our library is popular due to the dedicated quiet space and flexible seating options. No one spot is more popular than another. The general atmosphere is popular and appreciated by students and faculty alike.

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

  • If forced to choose, we greatly value VIVA’s open and affordable course content initiatives. VIVA’s training and funding in this area meets a need like nothing else in the Commonwealth. The Open Textbook Network (OTN) training and faculty review funding is leading to multiple faculty adopting OER materials for their courses. One on-campus training proved the spark that led a group of faculty and librarians to create an OER textbook for ENG 111, the College’s highest enrolled class. The resulting textbook, Let’s Get Writing!, saves Virginia Western students an estimated $80,000 per year, was an Excellence in Education Award finalist, and has energized the English department as instructional collaboration is becoming the norm for those instructors.