New Focus, Broader Audience, More Great Service!

Kay BuchananGuest post by

Kay Buchanan

Head Education Services

The librarians have returned to the third floor of Ruffner Hall.

Some of you will remember that from 1973-2009 this room was the Education Library:

The Education Library 2009

The Education Library 2009

Others knew it when it was called the Curry Library Innovation Commons (CLIC) from 2009-August 2014.

The CLIC in Ruffner Hall 2011

The CLIC in Ruffner Hall 2011

The CLIC in Bavaro Hall 2013

The CLIC in Bavaro Hall 2013

At the start of the 2014 fall semester, the name was changed to the Library Data Commons @Curry (LDCC) to better reflect our new focus.

Renovating Ruffner Room 302 in 2013

Renovating Ruffner Room 302 in 2013

The Library Data Commons @Curry  today!

The Library Data Commons @Curry today!

So what is the new focus? Carole and I provide services (virtual and in person) related to research, scholarship, and the learning priorities of the University to students, faculty and the greater community. We assist them with locating, accessing, organizing, and preserving digital information, including journals, books and media.

We offer research consultations to both on- and off-Grounds students and faculty. We teach workshops and classes and create web-based research guides and video tutorials. As in years past, we continue to field questions from Curry alumni about library services!

Joining your intrepid librarians are five additional members of the Libraries’ Research Data Services team:

  • Summer Durrant, who, in addition to her current data discovery and acquisitions role, is helping to manage the restricted data space in Ruffner being piloted by Curry and the Library.
  • Dr. Nancy Kechner provides research software support and quantitative and qualitative analysis support around SPSS and NVivo.
  • Bill Corey provides expertise in data management.
  • Wanda Sanford coordinates our workshops and events.
  • Dr. Yun Tai, who just joined us, will lead our data curation service.

We also have two undergraduates who work with Nancy to support research software access, installation and use.

Our team publishes two newsletters to keep folks up-to-date. The RDS newsletter features upcoming data workshops and events, new tools and data sources, and the services they offer to researchers. The Curry Librarians’ newsletter identifies new tools, resources, and services focused on research, teaching, and learning.


But wait, that’s not all. The Library Data Commons serves as a terrific resource for students. There are spaces for individual and group study, as well as meetings and celebrations. Additionally, there are computers, a scanner, and a photocopier/printer. Our large presentation area can be reserved, and presenters will find a very sophisticated technology setup.

This fall, we have hosted conferences, presentations, classes, student initiated events, workshops, and luncheons to strengthen the University’s sense of community. We even supported virtual attendance! We were delighted to observe an extraordinary level of engagement between students and faculty from all across Grounds as well as visitors to the University.

In closing, we want our new focus to provide effective strategies for supporting the goals of the entire University, which is a part of an increasingly digital, searchable, global, collaborative, and interdisciplinary.

I will add that while I embrace Thomas Jefferson’s statement, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past,” I know we wouldn’t have gotten to this path to the future without all of you throughout all the years!