On behalf of the E.H. Little Library team, I write with warmest wishes for a happy and healthy new year! As we enter into 2023, there are many things that I am thankful for as the Leland M. Park Director of the Davidson College Library, such as:
● an award-winning Library team dedicated to providing the highest quality library services to the Davidson College community.
● collaborations with teaching & learning partners across campus, such as the Humanities Program, the John Crosland Jr. Center for Teaching and Learning, the Matthews Center for Career Development, the Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and International Student Programs.
● the library’s hosting of the 3rd annual “Library Party” for all first-year students—providing students a first impression of the library as a dynamic and welcoming center on campus (complete with DJ, dancing, and screen-printing using archival Wildcat images).
● our digital showcase of archival collections and college scholarship, Digital Davidson. This year, we have digitized, transcribed, and cataloged student publications; college records relating to justice, equality, and community; past inaugural addresses; records from student groups, including the Black Student Coalition; oral history collections; the local community newspaper, and other unique artifacts.
● expanded opportunities for our students to critically engage with technological infrastructure via our Domain of One’s Own initiative.
I am especially grateful for the collective support that we receive from our donors. Thanks to this generosity, we are able to provide our community with high-quality resources to support academic success and lifelong learning. This year, we have expanded our collection to include over 2000 new book titles and access to e-resources such as Oxford Scholarship Online; Esquire, Ebony, and Jet magazine archives; Church Missionary Society Periodicals; The Charlotte Observer and Charlotte News Online; and many more.
With warmest regards and best wishes for 2023!