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History of the Library


"Seventy-five years of progress"aptly describes the accomplishments of Shatford Library. In Part I, Mr. Eaton looked back to its beginnings in 1906 as a high school library--a one-librarian operation with only a few student helpers crowded into very limited space and with almost no operating budget and less than two thousand books. In 1924 when the junior college separated from the high school, Miss Skinner, the only librarian, became the librarian for the combined high school and junior college library. Her staff consisted of a few student volunteers and a couple of clerks whose primary job was to look after the high school textbooks. The book collection had grown to 13,800 volumes. In very cramped quarters, the library was bursting at the seams.

Contrast those humble beginnings with the present modern multi-million dollar structure and its 1999 staff of eight certificated librarians and nine classified staff, plus numerous part-timers and a large student staff. Add to that, total operating expenditures, not including capital funds exceed $1.5 million. As of July 1, 2001, Shatford Library's holdings were 133,024 volumes in the general book collection, over 300 periodical subscriptions (plus over two thousand titles in electronic databases) 7,338 audiocassettes, 1,019 paperbacks, 661 CDs and software, 404 volumes in the Special Services collection, and 1,186 videocassettes. Exit counts are soon to reach a million patrons per year. Shatford's instructional program reaches thousands of students through formal classes, workshops and tutorials. The Library has its own website, and students and faculty are able to access many of its resources from remote locations anywhere in the world. Circulation services, cataloging and acquisitions have all been automated. The Online Public Access Catalog provides access to many reference resources in addition to full-text access to thousands of periodicals and newspapers. Patrons also have access to nearly 4,000 electronic books. Virtually all of the Library's periodical and reference databases are accessible from off-campus via patrons' own home or office computers.

Seventy-five years of progress, indeed!


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