Saturday, October 25, 2008

Darling Library on campus and online

The iconographic power of a college or university library expresses a purpose not just to collect, but also to organize, preserve, and make knowledge accessible. Today on the campus of virtually every higher education institution the library occupies a central position. In its placement and prominence, the academic library conveys its integral role in supporting higher education’s core missions of research and education.
Changing Roles of Academic and Research Libraries
(ACRL, November 2-3, 2006).
The Darling Library exemplifies this iconographic power on the campus of Hope International University where our students spend many hours researching, reading, collaborating, writing, creating, and inspiring others to do the same. Nearly any hour that the doors are open you will hear a low buzz of activity in the library.

However, its integral role in supporting the University's core mission expands beyond the main physical campus. With three other physical campuses and HopeOnline, the library seeks to establish a place online that supports teaching and learning throughout the HIU community. Particularly in Christian higher education, this mission requires an emphasis on the human element of human computer interaction.

Therefore, we will soon be asking for feedback as we prepare for launching a new web interface. When the time comes, we hope you will help us help you by participating in the online survey!

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