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Dean’s Message

Welcome from the Dean of the Library

Dean Suzy Szasz Palmer

Welcome to the Janet D. Greenwood Library – the place on campus to contemplate, create, connect and collaborate. My colleagues and I are here to meet the learning and teaching needs of Longwood students, faculty and staff.

The Library is open for use 93 hours each week during regular sessions (with extended hours during exam periods). Our collections include nearly 300,000 titles, 15,000 DVDs/videos, 8,500 CDs, 670,000 microform units, and over 1,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival material. The Library provides access to over 70,000 journals, 110,000 e-books, 8,500 streaming videos and over 300 electronic databases. Students, faculty and staff can access the Library’s electronic resources through any computer on campus or, with a Lancer ID and password, from anyplace with an Internet connection. In addition, the Library can obtain resources not available in its collections from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. The Library provides a variety of personalized services, including individual reference and research assistance, virtual chat and e-mail reference.

In our 66,000 square foot building, we offer a variety of spaces for quiet individual study, group discussion, or simply places to meet and talk. Our Learning Commons on the first floor has 82 computer workstations, including 10 iMacs. The Multimedia Lab includes 17 additional iMacs, as well as a variety of other equipment (e.g., cameras, projectors, laptops) available for check out. On the second floor, you can find the Student Computer Center with 20 PCs. And we invite you to make use of the white boards throughout the Library.

Our librarians have developed an active instruction program to help students discover, evaluate, and use information resources. They can help with general orientation, basic research skills, and course-specific instruction. And they are also available to help you at the Learning Commons Desk almost all the hours we are open, or by appointment for more in-depth help.

Don’t forget some other things in our building to help you: The Center for Academic Success provides tutoring, academic counseling, and a writing center; and Java City is just on the other side of our doors when you need a pick me up.

I encourage you to visit the Library in person and use our website to discover our online resources and services. “Chat” online with one of the librarians. “Like us” on Facebook. Read our blog. Follow us on Twitter.

If you have any comments or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me directly. This is your Library – tell us how we can best meet your needs.

Suzy Szasz Palmer
Dean of the Greenwood Library