The ACU Library is expanding its reach as the information hub of the university. A snapshot of our Library today shows some of the most critical areas of our work:
- Provided over 235,000 full-text articles to students through our subscription databases.
- Purchased access to 40,000 electronic journals and magazines through our databases.
- Added 10,000 electronic books to our Library in the past year. Currently we offer access to over 230,000 e-books through our Library catalog and other electronic resources.
- Distance education students used Library databases 9,460 times since November 2015.
- Circulated 35,000 print and electronic books in the academic year 2015-2016.
We are also expanding our support for Open Access (OA) publishing at ACU. ACU faculty can now place final versions of their published scholarly articles in ACU’s Digital Commons repository at http://digitalcommons.acu.edu. The faculty member benefits because his or her research is made widely available to scholars and others throughout the world, and is more often cited by other researchers than are articles that are not available through Open Access repositories.
The Library is currently designing a Reading Commons space on the main floor that will promote new books, award-winning works, and classic literature with inviting spaces and comfortable seating for book browsing and deep reading. Stay tuned for updates on how to support this great initiative!
by Dr. Mark McCallon, Associate Dean of Library Services