Monday, January 05, 2015

Counting Our Blessings 2014

Matt boxes up books to ship to
Better World Books.
Looking back on 2014, we reflect on a number of blessings starting with a magnitude 5.1 earthquake centered close to home in which the library sustained very little damage.

During the year we received two grants from Treasures N Beyond for Codex Sinaiticus display case and the development of a Collaborative Student Innovation Lab.

Large book donations came from former professors, local pastors, alumni and friends. Those books that we did not add to the collection were sent to Better World Books to be sold on consignment. (Income from online used book sales was much higher than in previous years.)

Out with the old. We partnered with faculty to weed out obsolete books in the areas of Missions, Anthropology, and Natural Sciences and we finally withdrew all microfilms from the library.

In with the new. Audiocassette tape recordings of past chapel messages were migrated from analog to digital format and many were uploaded to our digital archives. We instituted a series of fun faculty bookmarks and something called "Appy Hour" that brought faculty together to share ways that mobile apps enhance their teaching.

We also experienced major transitions in key library staff positions. Changes of this type are not always easy but we now add them to our list of blessings.

Looking ahead, we anticipate a new year filled with countless unpredictable blessings.

Happy New Year!

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