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THE BROWN LIBRARY NEWSLETTER

Library hosts Andrea Lucado workshop

The Department of Language and Literature hosted Andrea Lucado (’08), daughter of Max Lucado (’77), in April for a reading of her first book, English Lessons, and workshop events discussing The Joy of Freelancing. One of Lucado’s workshops was held at the Brown Library, where she shared the benefits of doing what she loves and how what she has learned can be applied to other fields.

During her visit to ACU, Lucado and her parents visited the library’s Special Collections floor to view the Max Lucado’s archives and to see the plans for a new exhibit case.

Read more.

Collections preserves ACU’s first Mac 

The Special Collections and Archives department, located on the first floor of the library, acquires, preserves and promotes historical materials, such as campus items that have historical value. The latest edition is this 1984 Apple Macintosh Computer, which was first located in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Read more.

Luncheon celebrates student employees 

In appreciation of the hard work and time our student employees devote to the library, a buffet lunch was prepared in their honor this month, just in time for finals week. Read more.

Churchill: Library supports growing online theology programs

Libraries throughout the country are increasingly tasked with supporting online learning programs, and Brown Library at Abilene Christian University is no exception. ACU’s Graduate School of Theology has been growing its online programs (the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Master of Arts in Global Service), and a significant portion of library resources are devoted to supporting online theological studies. Read more.

Maker news

Santana welcomed to Adobe Education Leader Program

Dr. Nil Santana, director of the ACU Maker Lab, was recently accepted to the Adobe Education Leader Program, which is made up of some top creative educators from around the world. Read more.

Million Word Readers visit lab

Several hundred students from across Abilene ISD’s Million Word Reader Program visited the ACU Maker Lab on May 15-16 to celebrate reading more than 1 million words during the school year. They enjoyed Maker Lab projects, tours and tool demonstrations, and had the opportunity to design and make several projects during their visit. Schools represented included Clack, Craig, Madison and Mann. 

ACU Maker Academy a hit

The ACU Maker Lab will be buzzing with excitement during the month of June when it hosts its annual Maker Academy for fourth- through eighth-grade students. The Maker Lab is hosting three sessions with 20 young makers enrolled in each. Read more.

Library launches user surveys

In an effort to learn how we are meeting the needs of the campus community, we’re conducting a series of user surveys asking students and faculty about our building, the resources and services it provides and how the library supports the work they do while at ACU. Click here to learn more and take the survey!

McCallon honored by Texas Library Association

ACU Library is proud that Dr. Mark McCallon, associate dean for Information Services, was named Member of the Month by the Texas Library Association, a professional organization with more than 7,000 members.

TLA offers services to its members that allow for leadership, continuing education, professional support, awards to recognize excellence, scholarships to promote library careers, and grants to nurture quality programming.

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Farewell to library staff members

We’re sad to say goodbye to two staff members.

Jasmine Hoover joined the ACU Library team in August 2015. During her time here, Hoover supported new ways to visualize information, expanding our use of Geographic Information Systems software on the campus and technology in the Innovation Foundry.

Jana Davis has long emphasized helping students, faculty and staff with their information needs, and she has always done it with a genuine smile. Davis is retiring after 28 years at ACU Brown Library, where she has worked in the areas of Government Documents, Circulation, and Technical Services.

We will miss you both! Read more.


The library newsletter will return in August. Have a great summer!

Margaret and Herman Brown Library
ACU Box 29208
Abilene, TX 79699-9208
325-674-2340

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