Friday, May 13, 2011

Upcoming changes and improvements in FLITE


Ferris State University's FLITE faculty and staff members celebrated its 10th year in the FLITE building a few weeks ago as part of our National Library Week.

As is fitting at the time of a milestone anniversary, all full-time faculty and staff in FLITE spent the fall semester conducting an internal core review to reflect on what has changed over the past 10 years, evaluate the current state of FLITE, determine trends and best practices at peer libraries, and make recommendations to Fritz Erickson, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, for the next decade of library services at Ferris.

Although a full implementation plan is still in development, there are many changes and enhancements in services that are already underway, particularly regarding collections and space.

Some of our goals are to:
  • move the most heavily used collections into the most visible spaces
Specialized reference material such as the print legal collection will be moved to the lower level, and the main collection books currently shelved in the lower level will be moved to the first floor where the reference collection is currently housed.
  • unite the bound periodicals that are currently split in multiple locations
The print government documents collection will be moved to the lower level so that all of our print periodicals can be united on second floor.
  • prune the reference and circulating collections of out-of-date and out-of-scope materials
As information becomes increasingly digitized and readily available from any location, the need for extensive print reference collections that can only be used in the library is significantly reduced. By the end of the summer, we anticipate that many titles in the reference collection will be transferred to the circulating collections. Other titles, for example print indexes that have become out-of-date and superseded by online databases, will be removed from the shelves.
  • free up some small rooms to be re-purposed as additional group study spaces for students.
These are just a few of the more visible changes and improvements we anticipate over the next several months.

Summer 2011 Hours for Ferris' Timme Center for Student Services

Ferris State University's Timme Center for Student Services began Summer 2011 hours on Monday, May 9.

Normal Summer 2011 office hours for Student Services are:

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All other offices located in the Timme Center will be open normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Studying Abroad Through Ferris State University

Recent Ferris State University graduate Calvin Carter is shown here in Italy in front of the famous Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

Carter and others from Ferris are on a European trip.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Police Memorial Ceremony Of West Central Michigan

Here is a video taken from the Police Memorial of West Central Michigan at Ferris State University on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 in Big Rapids.

Monday, May 9, 2011

International Bulldog Story: Chinenye Nebeolisa-Lewis

Here Is The Schedule Of Events For The Annual Police Memorial

The eighth Annual Police Memorial will be held on Tuesday, May 10 at 9 a.m. outside of the FLITE building on the Ferris State University campus.

Here is the schedule of events:

Opening Ceremony
  • Police Column and Formation
  • Police Pipers, Honor Guard, K-9 Protector and Rider-less Mount
Pledge of Allegiance by Hunter Jacobs of Big Rapids Middle School

Welcome by Ferris vice president for Administration and Finance Jerry Scoby

"Solemnity of the Moment" by Police Chaplain, Pastor Jon Fleming

Remembering our Fallen Heroes:
  • Memorial history by Peter Jaklevic, Mecosta County Prosecutor
  • Reading of the Names by 1st Lt. Andrea Nerbonne, Michigan State Police
  • Remembering Officer James Bonneau by Chief Matt Heins, Jackson PD (introduced by Jackson PD retiree, Kevin Courtney)
Lowering of the Flag and the Placing of the Wreath

21 Gun Salute and Taps

Helicopter Flyover by USCG Air Station Traverse City

Irish Blessing sung by BRMS Choir