Library Community Outreach

Dean's Excellence Fund

The Library Dean's Excellence Fund is aptly named because the goal is to provide funding to allow the library to provide excellent service. This fund allows for the Dean's discretion for pilot projects, staff development and Library enrichment opportunities not funded in the general, annual budget.

Consider supporting The Dean's Excellence Fund at one of the following levels by completing your gift information here:

White Library Osprey:  $500

Blue Library Osprey:  $1,000

Silver Library Osprey:  $2,500

Gold Library Osprey:  $5,000 +

(Gifts above may be pledged over a five year period. Examples, a $500 White Library Osprey pledge would be $100 per year for five years and the Blue Library Osprey's $1000 pledge may be paid monthly for $84 per month. Flexible scheduled giving is available at all levels.)

If you would like to make a gift to The Dean's Excellence Fund please complete the secure online giving form.

A Student Favorite - the Library's Annual Haunted Open House!

The Dean's Excellence Fund is utilized to ensure student success through events such as our annual Haunted Open House, a twist on your everyday fall semester open house for students.

The Library is continuously looking for ways to connect with university students and to engage them with Library services, programming, and resources to enrich and support their educational experiences.

The Tommy G’s Haunted Open House puts a fabulous twist on our annual October open house, and is now a tradition with over 1000 students participating.  Our amazing libaran's and staff costumes are always top notch and deliver a lot of fun for everyone throughout the day!

This year our Outreach Librarians, Cat Silvers and Maria Atilano added the Pumpkin Carving Contest, which occurred the day before the Open House during the Market Day at the Student Union. “This outreach event was a great opportunity to connect with students who may not be regular Library users,“ said Cat Silvers. The carved pumpkins were put on display in the Library for voting during the Open House and prizes were awarded to those who carved the winning pumpkins.

The Haunted Open House includes morning donuts, pizza lunch and an afternoon cookie break. Similar to the WoW Breakfast event, library staff conducted short surveys to assess which students use the Library, how often they use the Library, and what improvements we can make to better meet their needs. The surveys are done on an iPad and takes only a few minutes while students are waiting in line. Dr. Lisandra Carmichael, Assistant Dean of the Library thinks the surveys are particularly important because “Librarians can use the data to make evidence-based decisions about future library services and programming that better address student needs.”

Maria Atilano explained, “Outreach has become an increasingly major priority for libraries across the country and the UNF Library specifically, as we are trying to engage students who need to include the Library as part of their educational experience. These fun and stress free activities attract students to the Library and once they are here, we can help then with their studies.” Since voting occurred on the Library’s Facebook page, this promoted the library’s social media accounts while encouraging students to connect with the Library online.

Welcome Breakfasts - Fall & Spring Student Outreach Traditions

The library hosts a welcome breakfast to introduce students to the library at the beginning of each semester. In addition to pastries, fruit and juice, tote bags with packets of information are available. The Library Dean, librarians and staff take time to get acquainted with students and to answer their questions about services. Our goal is to create a comfortable academic environment where students know the Library is their academic home and we are their committed partners in achieving their goals. This and many other important student engagement events are funded through the Dean's Excellence Fund.

National Library Week - Annual Celebration

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

For Example...

UNF Library Schedule of Events, 2017

Monday, April 10 - RefWorks Workshops

  • Learn how to manage your references and format your bibliographies with the new and improved RefWorks. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend one of the three 30-minute workshops.
    • 10:00 a.m. in 12/2102A
    • 3:00 p.m. in 12/2102A
    • 6:00 p.m. online

Tuesday, April 11 - Popcorn & Politics: Libraries & Fake News

  • Popcorn & Politics is a monthly event to promote political inquiry and discussion among the UNF community in a civil environment. Dr. Joshua Gellers, Assistant professor of the Department of Political Science & Public Administration, and Lauren Newton, Head of Instruction at the UNF Library, will facilitate a conversation about fake news and the role of the Library of Congress in the political sphere. 
    • 7:00 p.m. in the Current Events Area

Wednesday, April 12 - Find us at Student Union Market Day

Thursday, April 13 - Public Scholarship in Public Spaces: A Conversation

  • Join faculty from across campus to hear how they present their research in public spaces.  Faculty include Jenny Hager, Associate Professor of Sculpture, Department of Art and Design, James Hall, Associate Professor, School of Music, and Clark Lunberry, Professor, English Department.  The discussion will be moderated by Dan Richard, Associate Professor, Psychology Department.

o        1:00 p.m. in the Sculpture Area

Thursday, April 13 - Showcase of Faculty Scholarly & Creative Activity

  • A reception recognizing faculty scholarly and creative work published in the last year.

2:30 p.m. in the Chamblin Room

GOAL: Ongoing