Gateway Community College is now home to a Library and Learning Commons that many in the state have said could be a model for other college libraries, with its beautiful use of space, its plentiful light, its technology and with collaborative study areas, study rooms and quiet study spaces. While it is a place for collaborative academic endeavor, it is also where students can engage in contemplative – quiet – study. This is the tone we must all embrace as a Gateway community this semester and the semesters beyond in our new Library and Learning Commons. Because the college has so many lovely spots now where students can meet and chat, including the lounge areas on the stair landings, along the Fairway, and in the cafeteria, students must leave their social conversations there and come to the Library and Learning Commons to research, to study, and to collaborate with an academic purpose. It is a beautiful setting and we want to make that beauty last, which is why we ask everyone to leave food and drinks in the cart outside the library.
We have much to look forward to this semester – as the Library and Learning Commons was awarded two grants that include: The Peace Studies Collection and The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Collection. We are also excited about upcoming community outreach programs that will take place in the Library this semester. We will host an author and book signing event by Charlayne Hunter-Gault on Monday, February 4, 2013, at 5:30pm in the Learning Commons floor. She is an an award winning journalist and activist and an author of To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement; In My Place; and New News Out of Africa: Uncovering Africa’s Renaissance. The books will be available for purchase and signing in the Library. Other upcoming events include: hosting a film screening linked to our new Peace Studies Collection on Thursday, March 7th, 2013, as well as
sponsoring a “Big Read” program linked to the special collection focusing on personal nonviolent communications, on Monday, April 22, 2013. We plan to offer morning and evening sessions of each activity to reach as many students and community participants as possible.
We are pleased to announce a campus-wide book club – for students, faculty and staff. Our first shared read will be GCC Humanities Professor Franz Douskey latest book Sinatra and Me: The Very Good Years, with Tony Consiglio. Professor Douskey donated five copies of the book to the library and we have ordered more. I encourage everyone to join us for the book club in March 13, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm and April 17, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm. Our collection is growing, particularly our ebook collection. We recently added 30,000 new titles,including 3,000 print books in every subject area, plus Oxford Quick Reference database, containing over 300 core reference titles from Oxford University Press.
We invite students, faculty, and staff to take advantage of all we have to offer. Our Library and Learning Commons staff is here to help assist you with your research, to answer your questions, so come and talk with us! Our Library and Learning Commons is a community resource for Gateway Community College and for our larger New Haven community. It is a gathering place where people can exchange ideas and learn from each other , a place where you can get lost in a book, find the answer to a pivotal research question and, move your education ever forward. I look forward to all we will accomplish together.
Best wishes for the Spring Semester.