Fant Memorial Library
Dean Amanda Clay Powers
Thanks to all of you for a wonderful first semester in our newly-renovated library. In the last few months, we've had our very grand grand-opening, attended by representatives from state and local government, as well as the MUW Administration, faculty and staff, and the Columbus community--and still available to view on Facebook video! We even had a double Ribbon Cutting!
We have also implemented a new Meet the Author Series supported by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council and co-hosted by MUW's Department of History, Political Science and Geography and the Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy. The first of the signings was a celebration of the publication of the Mississippi Encyclopedia, with MUW's Fant Memorial Library as one stop on a state-wide publicity tour. We were lucky to hear from Dr. Ted Ownby, the Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and Professor of History and Southern Studies at University of Mississippi, about the creation of the encyclopedia. Additionally, Dr. Karen Cox, Professor of History at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and author of The Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South, as well as Miriam C. Davis, author of Axeman of New Orleans: A True Story, delivered public talks which were followed by open receptions sponsored by the Friends of the Fant Memorial Library.
Traditional library events were not the only uses of our space this fall. We were so pleased that MUW Athletics began holding weekly study halls in our new tiered classroom (GO OWLS!). We also were able to provide space to one of the first-in-memory Columbus City Council meetings held "on the road," sponsored by the MUW Student Government Association in the Gail P. Gunter (GPG) Multipurpose Room. Our GPG Multipurpose Room has been a popular new spot on campus for holding conferences and workshops, with the Mississippi Association of Staff Council Organizations meeting here this fall, as well as more than 100 teachers from all over the Golden Triangle here as part of the ECET2 - Golden Triangle, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Plus you have visited! Our busiest month this fall was November, when we had more than 14,000 people pass through the library. We have had almost 3000 study room reservations in our first semester by MUW and MSMS students, for a total of 282 days, 2 hours, and 8 minutes of use.
We even had snow!
We are so excited about what our next semester will bring, and more than anything we hope it brings you to the library, whether in person or online.
All the best and warmest wishes,
Amanda Clay Powers
Dean of Library Services