Off the Shelf. Sharing the impact of Grand Valley State University Libraries

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Furniture Testing at University Libraries

Have you ever wondered how furniture is selected for library spaces? University Libraries works closely with Facilities Planning and tests every table, chair, and study spot to gather student input before making decisions. We will soon be furnishing a new library space in the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health at 333 Michigan and we have already begun testing out new types of furniture.

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Student Interest

Collections Review: A New Approach

Collections Review: A New Approach

Collection development at University Libraries is a balancing act between supporting the curricular needs of the institution while also providing materials and resources that stir curiosity and foster inquiry. Our strategy has long been proactive, collecting things based on known areas of scholarship and buying materials in case a need should arise. As the scholarly publishing landscape shifts and demand for instantaneous access increases, however, we are constantly evolving our collecting strategy in order to keep up.

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Faculty/Staff Interest | Spotlight

Library Research Scholar Creates OA Advocacy Toolkit

Library Research Scholar Creates OA Advocacy Toolkit

Why aren’t students more engaged with Open Access?

Erin McIntosh used that question as the basis of her research as a Summer 2019 Library Research Scholar.

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Student Interest | Library Research

Fall 2019: Dean's Message

Liberal Education and Open Education Resources (OER) are natural allies in the creation of students who become lifelong learners and active citizens. Both the freedom of information and the free access to information are critical to learning.

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Dean's Message

Dean Annie Belenger

The Impact of First-Year Faculty Librarians

Preethi Gorecki and Melina Zavala

In the fall of 2017, Grand Valley State University Libraries joined the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance, a program that seeks to increase the retention of qualified academic librarians from underrepresented groups by creating opportunities for skill development and leadership early in their careers. As a result, the University Libraries welcomed two visiting faculty members, Melina Zavala and Preethi Gorecki, who are innovating new and creative approaches to instruction and research.

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Faculty/Staff Interest

Universal Design for Learning

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides guidelines for developing curricula, selecting materials, and creating learning environments that consider the wide variability of learners in higher education. Through the intentional adoption of the best practices of Universal Design for Learning, Grand Valley State University Libraries demonstrates its ongoing commitment to inclusion and equity.

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Spotlight | Faculty/Staff Interest

Debbie Morrow

Library Excellence Award: Debbie Morrow: "Liberal Arts Nerd at Heart"

In 2017, Morrow was recognized by University Libraries colleagues with the Library Excellence Award, which is awarded to a faculty or staff member who goes above and beyond their job description. For Morrow, the best part of being a librarian is "any occasion when I can be an advocate for faculty and students in my liaison departments. I'm not here to tell people 'no we can’t do that,' I'm here to help find a way."

Morrow describes herself as a "liberal arts nerd at heart." Her personal belief in the value of liberal arts education helped shape her career and continues to inform her dedication to helping students, faculty, and staff be successful.

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Faculty/Staff Interest

Knowledge Market Services Support Non-Traditional Students

Knowledge Market Consultants

Knowledge Market consultants met with students from the Brooks College of Liberal Studies Accelerated Leadership Program during their second semester to highlight the wealth of resources available to them at Grand Valley State University and build skills to support their work throughout the rest of the program.

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Student Interest | Knowledge Market Services

Document Delivery

Document Delivery

Document Delivery is a service that allows students, faculty, and staff to request items at Grand Valley State University Libraries or from other participating libraries. When the item is ready, the requestor will receive an email with the electronic version, or an alert that the physical items can be picked up.

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About Off The Shelf

Off the Shelf shares the impact of University Libraries on faculty, staff, and students at Grand Valley by highlighting resources, services, and the work of our faculty and staff members. If you have any questions about resources or services discussed in Off the Shelf, please contact University Libraries to learn how you can use them to benefit your work.

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