Do you cherish your library? You might be surprised by some of the people who are library devotees. Who do you think said, “When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you”? Albert Schweitzer would be a good guess, but an incorrect one. How about Mitch Albom? Another nice try, but ‘fraid not! Rolling Stone guitarist, Keith Richards, admits in his autobiography, Life, he secretly longs to be a librarian. I’m thinking it’s not too late for him to fulfill his dream! That would be a rather intriguing hire for any library.
All too often, college and university libraries are viewed as stuffy, erudite citadels where learning and pleasurable are mutually exclusive terms. At the HCC Library, we are currently working on changing that perception. As a part of the QEP initiative on reading, we’ve refined how we’re doing things. In an effort to encourage reading, we are now buying best sellers, graphic novels, and science fiction/fantasy selections. We are carrying fiction and non-fiction from the New York Times best seller list and building a collection of the top graphic novels.
Never fear, we haven’t abandoned our research mission. We are simply broadening the scope of what we are offering our students and community users. As always if you want information about your subject area, we can help. If you want to take a breather and read the latest issue of your favorite magazine, we’re still the place to come. Now, you also have the option of curling up in one of our comfy chairs and enjoying the latest John Grisham or Malcolm Gladwell offering. Come join us!