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From Our Director

On behalf of the entire library faculty, staff, and student assistants, I would like to welcome you to the Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library. Today's academic library is many things to many people. To some it offers a place for study, either alone in a quiet corner or with others in a group study room. For others it's a place to gather with friends, check e-mail, or research and write a paper. Best-sellers, videos, or the local paper attract still others. The library is a place to encounter new ideas, and to be challenged by different interpretations of truth, beauty, and goodness - a place to freely explore the life of the mind. The library is above all a place to learn - from the past's great thinkers, from today's scholars and visionaries, and from each other.

It is also true that we live in an age when information is generated at an explosive pace, and access to that information is often instantaneous. The sheer volume of available information makes finding the right information and reliable information more difficult than ever before. Libraries are often bewildering places, but the library staff at Carson-Newman is firmly committed to helping you find the information you need. We are also dedicated to teaching you how to find information for yourself. One of the primary goals of a liberal arts university is to produce graduates who never stop learning. The library plays an integral role in developing your life long learning skills.

I know you will find the librarians, support staff, and student assistants to be among the most friendly and helpful people on campus. We are deeply committed to providing excellence in the services we offer, and we are continually looking for new and better ways to serve you. Don't ever hesitate to ask for help when you need it - it's our job; it's our calling; and it's truly our pleasure.

Throughout this web site you will find abundant tools to help you locate information, and you will find guides to show you how to use these tools. However, it is the personal touch that makes the Stephens-Burnett Library such a special place. I encourage you to come in and stay a while, and to take full advantage of the resources and information professionals available for you. I also encourage you to let us know of any new services you think we should offer or existing areas you think we need to improve. Finally, I challenge you to develop a hunger for knowledge and a life-long love for learning. I think you will find your university experience and your later life more fulfilling and meaningful as a result.


Bruce G. Kocour
Dean of Library Services

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