University of Rio Grande's Jeanette Albiez Davis Library

The Jeanette Albiez Davis Library at the University of Rio Grande is central to academic life at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College (URG/RGCC). Its mission is to support and meet the informational needs of both campus and community users. In addition to providing quality collections and services that are easily accessible, the Davis Library also provides opportunities for social and cultural growth and enlightenment throughout the Ohio Appalachian region. The Davis Library is a place where people share ideas and information.

OhioLINK recently spoke with Amy R. Wilson, the library’s director, to get to know more about what makes this library so spectacular.

What are your top three points of pride in your library?

  1. Firstly, I would say our friendly user-centered staff and services - We recognize that “library anxiety” is real, so we strive to make any encounter with the Davis Library as open, accessible and satisfying as possible.
  2. Along with our first point of pride, we have plenty of inviting spaces for varied learning and social activity – We offer a flexible setting for research, study, and instruction as well as various creative pursuits. Our quiet floor and individual study carrels are ideal for silent study and reflection, while other areas of the building (i.e., group study rooms, classrooms, computer labs and expansive study tables) are more conducive to collaborative learning and social interaction.
  3. Lastly, our OhioLINK membership – Even though the Davis Library is located on a small campus in a tiny rural community, our library users have access to vast amounts of high-quality scholarly information resources from around the world. This unique ability to reach resources so far from our library is extremely important to us and our community, and we are certainly proud to be a part of it.

What is the most popular spot in your library for patrons?

Davis Library’s Main Floor is probably the building’s most popular spot. Our public service areas—the Reference and Circulation Desks—are located here in addition to a small computer lab and a collaboration station. The layout allows our library users to easily get the help they need with their various projects and research at their point of need. The Main Floor also provides ample study and lounge spaces. Because of the area’s high-traffic we do not restrict the noise level on this floor, so students may gather in this space for fun as well as using it for group study. The Main Floor is also where Davis Library puts up special exhibits/displays and hosts outreach programs, such as, author talks, poetry readings, musical performances, etc., which is what makes it a popular spot for our library users to frequent.

How long have you been a member of OhioLINK?

We have been a member since 1994.

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