Belk Library and Information Commons
218 College Street, Boone, NC 28608
Annual expenditures: $9M
Total permanent staff: 90 positions, including 38 faculty members. We also employ 140 students and are the largest employer of work study students.
We are in a small town in the mountains, have 18,000 students, and still experience greater than 1.24M visits each year.
types of materials you buy: We have a very healthy mix of print and eBooks and e-journals, plus numerous databases. We acquire everything on Appalachia that we can find. We have a small, focused rare books collection.
use of mobile technology: Students are using lots of mobile technology. We circulate technology for anyone on campus to use, and last year we checked out approximately 100,000 technology items (iPads, laptops, cameras, etc.)
what do you think your library WILL be like in five years?: We have a new master space plan that calls for more student study and group work space, a larger maker lab, a larger writing center, more technology enhanced spaces, an experimental classroom, visualization lab, and digital scholarship lab. We will likely come up with even more changes as these spaces are developed.
Tell us about your job: I am the dean and have a distinguished professor position. I provide leadership for the university libraries that consist of the Belk Library and Information Commons, the Erneston Music Library, the W. L. Eury Special Collections, and the University Archives and Records (including electronic records).
How many divisions are there in your department?: The library has two associate dean positions and nine teams.
How many people work in your department?: Technically, everyone!
What is your materials budget?: Our expenditures vary every year, but roughly $3,000,000.