Friday, August 31, 2012

New Hours Posted

Fall semester hours for both Piedmont College Library locations have now been posted.

On Monday through Thursday, the Arrendale Library in Demorest is open from 7:45 am to 11:00 pm. On Fridays, we close at 5:00 pm. We also offer weekend hours during the semester: Saturdays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sundays 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Please note: the Arrendale Library will be closed throughout the Labor Day weekend. Normal weekend hours will resume September 8.

To take a look at the full semester schedule, including extended hours, closings, and holidays, please click here.

For the Athens Campus Library in Lane Hall, click here.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The New & Improved Mayflower Online Catalog

Recent visitors to MAYFLOWER, Piedmont College Libraries' online catalog, may have noticed a few developments: the interface has a spiffy new layout and each item record contains a host of new features -- most noticeably, cover illustrations. Full records also now include book synopses, reviews, and other helpful tidbits. Take a look at the record for The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg to see its cover and then click on A Look Inside to learn more about the book, its reviews, summary, table of contents and more. Or look at this search on classroom management to see the new look and new content.

If you have any questions about the new developments, please contact us!

The Yonahian is now online!

Attention students, faculty, & alumni: All volumes of the illustrious Piedmont College Yearbook, The Yonahian, are now available online! Each edition is presented in color and is fully-indexed for keyword searching.

You can find a record for the Yonahian in the MAYFLOWER catalog and link from there. Or you can go directly to the provider’s website, Archive.Org. When you open an individual volume, click "Read Online" to open the issue in an online reader. Once the issue is open, you can page through it or search it. You can also save issues in a variety of formats for reading on your own electronic device. The Library is very grateful to our student assistant Amy Naylor, who provided invaluable assistance in making this concept a reality.

A vital document in the history of Piedmont College, The Yonahian was introduced in 1920 and has been published almost every year since. That's nearly a full century of Piedmont pride, now just a few clicks away.

The first round of Piedmont College Dissertations are now available!

With doctorates come dissertations. Now that Piedmont College is offering Doctor of Education degrees a new and invaluable body of work is being created by our doctoral students. Piedmont College Libraries has partnered with ProQuest Open Access Dissertations & Theses to manage, maintain, and publish this collection for a global readership. (ProQuest Open Access is a service of what used to be known far and wide as Dissertation Abstracts International.)

Once published, all approved Piedmont dissertations become fully indexed online documents, searchable, citable, and open to the public. Piedmont College Libraries is proud to announce that the first round of dissertations is now available. Printed copies will be made available in both library locations soon. You can view the complete current list of our dissertations here and begin reading immediately!

Congratulations to our doctoral students! … and congratulations to the School of Education as we celebrate this fantastic milestone in the life of our College!

Something looks different...

If you notice anything different next time you walk through the doors of the Arrendale Library in Demorest, your eyes are not deceiving you! The layout of the main floor of the library has undergone a significant transformation this summer, and the differences are not likely to escape your notice.

For starters, most of the reference book stacks are gone. We removed outdated and duplicated reference materials, integrated subject-focused resources into the permanent collection, and condensed the print reference collection to the two remaining book stacks to the right of the lobby. This freed up 75% of the floor space on the dining hall side of the building, and we've used it to house all the public-access computers and create new collaborative workspaces. The former computer lab on the 3rd floor is now a quiet study area. We even carved out a cozy nook near the front of the building (with an excellent view of the Quad) for use as an open classroom. You'll find more seating options than ever before and you'll have more room to breathe, but you'll also be surprised at how much brighter the space has become -- many windows that were once blocked now reveal fantastic views of our beautiful campus.

The Library is very grateful for the work of its student assistants this summer, without whose help this project would have been impossible: Lewis Cassamajor, Amy Naylor, Alexa Quintero, Robby Bailey, Chez Maxwell, Brannon Shedd, Virginia Walton, and Teresa Gulley. In addition, this project involved all the members of the Library’s Demorest staff, in tasks ranging from database maintenance to disassembling bookstacks.

The third floor has come a long way this summer, but it is still evolving. We hope to install even more tables and chairs before the year is out. And then we'll turn our attention to the second and fourth floors. Next time you're in the neighborhood, drop in and see what we've been up to!