During the past academic year, FSCL provided support for the Libraries in the following ways:
Strengthening Library Collections
The Friends help with special or unusual book purchases. Additionally, they provided $10,000 to strengthen the FSCL Preservation Fund endowment for the conservation of rare and unique materials in the collections.
Improving Library Spaces and Equipment
The Friends Fund helped furnish the new East Asian Languages Lounge on Level 4.
The renovation of the Friends of the Libraries Reading Room stands out as a major accomplishment for the Friends. Since the Reading Room’ opened in November 2010, students have enjoyed this comfortable and quiet space. It has become such a popular space that last fall we purchased a second study table, chairs and additional ottomans.
Library Orientation is an important first step that helps new students learn to navigate the rich resources and services available to them. The Friends encourage attendance by providing a small gift to all attendees. As a result, Smith has one of the highest attendance rates among peer institutions.
The Friends provide students with late night refreshment breaks during reading periods in December and May. I Love My Library Day was held on Valentine's Day with fun activities for students to enjoy in all four libraries.
In May, the Friends present new books to the Libraries, each one plated in honor of a graduating student library assistant.
Digital Services Coordinator Sika Berger became the 7th librarian to avail of the FSCL Staff Development Fund when she attended the Association of College and Research Libraries Intentional Teacher Immersion Program last October. She described the program as really useful, adding that it informs her teaching every day.
Supporting the Smith Community
The Friends provided a travel stipend for two doctoral students conducting summer research at the Sophia Smith Collection and College Archives.
The Friends hosted a number of fun and informative events relating to the Libraries special collections. Podcasts are available for those who were unable to attend.