FOL Annual Gift: 2011-2012
For its 2011-2012 annual gift, the FOL Board selected a project entitled "Reference Office Redesign." Located on the EKS Library's first floor, the Reference Office was painted and outfitted with new furniture in order to create a more conducive, welcoming space for students. This space is equipped to best facilitate individual and small group reference appointments and consultations. The student response to the space has been extremely positive.
Photo Credit: Christy Inge
Pictured: EKS Reference and Instruction Librarian, Ashley Shealy
FOL Annual Gift: 2010-2011
For its 2010-2011 annual gift, the FOL Board selected a project entitled "Reflection Corner." Located on the EKS Library's first floor, the FOL Reflection Corner is comprised of three comfortable chairs, a coffee table, and an end table for student use. Tucked in a light-filled corner, the space is an inviting and relaxing space for students to study, read, and relax. The newly renovated area has been very well received by the student body. Feel free to stop by and 'check it out.'
Photo Credit: Nancy Thompson
Pictured: EKS Student Assistant Melanie Helms
FOL Annual Gift: 2009-2010
For its 2009 - 2010 annual gift the FOL Board selected a project entitled "Reference Desk Redesign." Throughout the summer of 2010, the Reference Desk on the Library's first floor, was reconfigured to better facilitate student consultations. The project also included carpet and paint for the area. Both the student and faculty response to this renovation has been extremely positive.
Photo Credit: Nancy Thompson
FOL Annual Gift: 2008-2009
The FOL Board chose to have a 1952 literary map of the United States of America preserved for archival presentation. This map originally belonged to Mrs. Frances Cutherbertson Vick (1917-2002), Professor Emeritus, Wingate University. The map hung in Mrs. Vick's classroom throughout her teaching career. Upon her retirement from Wingate in 1982, Mrs. Vick presented it to Dr. Beverly Christopher, who used the map until her recent retirement. Mr. Tom Alexander of Cherished Frameworks has carefully custom matted and framed the piece to insure its archival presentation.
In addition, the Board members made a monetary donation to the Office of Student Success. The purpose of this gift is to aid Wingate University students unable to purchase required textbooks for classes as a result of financial hardships. The Office of Student Success recently developed a program by which students desiring to be successful, but hindered by financial problems, could apply for and possibly receive funds to help in the purchase of textbooks. The FOL Board deemed this an excellent opportunity to benefit Wingate University students.
FOL Annual Gift: 2007-2008
Room 110 can now effectively facilitate group study via the following additions: large white board, conference table accompanied by six chairs, and various soft seating options. A variety of student constituencies have already found the room extremely useful. Groups of students from the School of Pharmacy, the Physicians Assistant Department, and numerous combinations from the undergraduate programs can be found in the FOL Group Study Room throughout the course of the day.
FOL Annual Gift: 2006-2007
During the summer of 2007, the Reference Department received a significant upgrade. A total of 19 computer work stations have been installed (one of which is handicap accessible). The stations include flat screen monitors and terminals which converse with a main server in order to provide access to the Internet (NCLive, other online databases, various search engines, and the online catalog). The fact that the stations are not comprised of traditional, individual computers should increase the speed of each unit, in turn decreasing the patron’s wait time. This project also included two stations for the Main Stacks (floors 2 and 3) to facilitate online catalog searches.
Additionally, tools the Librarians and Faculty employ when teaching Bibliographic Instruction sessions in the Reference Department were enhanced. The upgrade included the following items: self-enclosed, lockable rolling cart, laptop, and document projection unit, which allows the Librarian or Professor to project the pages of the book directly onto the screen without making a transparency; it can be also used for 3-D items.
Photo courtesy of Luanne Barbee
FOL Annual Gift: 2005-2006
During the summer of 2005, Linda White, artist, created this beautiful mural. The mural includes scenes found throughout the EKS Library building and the Wingate University Academic Quadrangle. The Friends of the Library funded this project as well as the addition of the table, chairs, and soft seating. Students were immediately attracted to the space for group study and small meetings.
FOL Annual Gift: 2004-2005
Annually, the Friends of the Library Board selects a gift for the Ethel K. Smith Library on behalf of the Friends of the Library (FOL). In light of the Vick Family Library donation, the Board elected to commission the design and construction of the display case, which houses the Vick Vinegar Bible and other impressive texts from the Vick collection, as the gift for the 2004-2005 academic year.
The FOL Board chose Bill Ballard of Retail Concepts, Inc., Monroe, North Carolina as the case designer. Mr. Ballard consulted with the head archivist at the Library of Congress as he selected the wood for the case (mahogany) and glass type for the best possible preservation of the items.
In addition to the case, the FOL Board wanted to recognize and honor the Vick Family for their donation and remember the impact that G.W. Vick and Frances Cuthbertson Vick had on the Wingate University community. A recognition ceremony was conducted on Sunday, the first of May, two thousand and five. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to a special afternoon tea. Two hundred guests joined the FOL Board for the dedicatory event.
The Vick Vinegar Bible is on display in the main lobby of the Ethel K. Smith Library. Please remember, for preservation purposes, that flash photography is not permitted.