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STL Special Library Spotlight: Covenant Seminary Library June 28, 2009

Posted by Cynthia in Library Stuff.
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We recently visited the library at Covenant Seminary. I was completely astounded by the user-friendly aspects of this library. The Library Director seemed very concerned with meeting the needs of all the library’s patrons. Seminary students make up the majority of those patrons, but the library is still open to the public. To that end, none of the research computers had user log-in screens, and are therefore easily open to anyone wishing to use them.

Another particularly user-friendly innovation is the move to more electronic and social network teaching tools. There is an ipod-led audio tour of the library, tailored specifically towards students who need to learn about the different resources, spaces, and collections. This is an incredibly helpful tool, and takes a heavy burden off library staff. Also helpful is the library’s embrace of social network technology. Their Facebook page is easily located (just type in Covenant Seminary in the search), and although it has just started in May, it already has 447 fans. It’s an excellent way to get the word out easily to patrons about new collections, new databases, and new classes.

I continue to be impressed by the efforts of Covenant Seminary Library, and I hope that other libraries, academic and otherwise, will follow their lead in becoming more and more patron-friendly. GN

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