Rio Grande, Ohio – The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College Jeanette Albiez Davis Library is celebrating the 60th annual National Library week with a several activities planned on campus. The Friends of Davis Library, started the week by transforming the main floor into a nine-hole miniature golf course and bowling alley for a “Bowl-in-One.” Director of the Davis Library, Amy Wilson said celebrating National Library Week creates awareness of the numerous ways libraries serve the community.
“The Davis Library strives to be a library without walls, meaning we take our services out into the community. We bring in guest speakers to campus, provide workshops and participate in community events. ,” Wilson said. “Libraries serve as more than just quiet spaces for learning and study. They are open forums where people come together to explore, share and debate a wide variety of ideas. This is why organizing and supporting informal learning experiences through community outreach programs and special events is one of the main functions of the Friends of the Davis Library organization.”
The theme for National Library Week 2018 is “Libraries Lead.” As an effort to continue being leaders in the communities Rio serves, the Davis Library hosts and sponsors several community events throughout the year. One of the library’s recent events, Open Educational Resources (OER) Workshop hosted in conjunction with the Rio Bookstore, was created to educate both the campus and local academic communities on the availability of low and no-cost teaching and learning resources, including initiatives to make purchasing textbooks more affordable. The workshop featured Affordable Learning Ambassadors from OhioLINK sharing ways libraries and the community can access and utilize these resources. Wilson said learning more about how the OER Movement and other textbook affordability initiatives help reduce student college costs is an important aspect of encouraging greater academic success.
“The idea behind this particular event was to create awareness for Open Education Resources to help minimize costs for students. Textbook costs across the country have increased significantly over the last ten years, which can actually prevent potential students from enrolling in or finishing college. Programs like OER are a movement in the academic world to remove those barriers for the students,” Wilson said. “At Rio, we always try to look at the student perspective. Another way we try to lessen costs is to work with the bookstore to put textbooks on reserve at our desk for students to come in and use here in the library.”
National Library Week first began in 1958. In the mid-1950s, the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers noticed research showed consumers were spending less on books and were turning to other forms of entertainment, and then became concerned people were reading less than in previous years. To promote reading and literature, the organizations formed the nonprofit National Book Committee, which organized the first National Library Week with the theme “Wake Up and Read!” to motivate people to read and to encourage them to use and support their local libraries.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Jeanette Albiez Davis Library or the Friends of Davis Library can contact Amy Wilson 740-245-7382 or visit http://www.rio.edu/library/.