The month of June will highlight what the library offers beyond books. This particular article discusses the changes the library has gone through from 1978-1998. A note: This article was published in 1998 and contains dated information concerning the library’s collection.
“The Way We Were”
20 years at the Bellevue University Library
By: Robin Bernstein, Library Director
It is hard to imagine that 20 years have come and gone; it seems like yesterday a naïve, young, student eager to start College walked through the doors of the F. Hoyte Freeman Library! The year was 1978, and the library’s holdings consisted of approximately 46,000 volumes, 50 current print magazine titles, 1 professional librarian, 1 paraprofessional, 2 part-time clerical support staff, and 2 work study students.
By 1983, the library’s collection expanded to 80,000 volumes, 150 journal titles, and part-time staff were upgraded to full-time. In addition, there were over 18,000 patrons served by the library. As a result of the rapid growth of the college the Emma Lozier Addition opened December 4, 1983, and the official name of the Bellevue College Library became the Freeman/Lozier Library. The building was equipped with a computer user room for DIALOG staff-assisted searches. The first PC did not arrive at the library until 1987 in the form of an OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) terminal.
“Can it be that it was all so simple then…”
1990 was a pivotal year for Bellevue College, it was the year we integrated computers into our everyday routine. We still only had one terminal; however, by 1993 we had upgraded to 6 computers including 4 for patron use. The patron computers were used to access CD-ROM and software programs. We were certainly now a part of the information age phenomenon, or so we thought…
1994 was the year that stands out most in my mind. This was the year that Bellevue College became Bellevue University, I received my Master in Library Science and was promoted to Library Director, and the computer explosion began. In addition, this year also experienced the conversion and discarding of the library’s card catalog in favor of an automated system and the addition of many more computers for both student and staff use.
“It’s the laughter we will remember…”
Today, the Freeman/Lozier Library consists of 129,000 volumes, 2,161 current magazine titles in all formats (print and electronic), 5 professional librarians, 1 paraprofessional, 2 full-time clerical support staff, 2 part-time clerical support staff, and 4 work study students. The library serves over 78,000 patrons and circulates more than 19,000 books yearly. The computer count for students is 13 with a total of 21 in the library. The CD-ROM collection consists of over 40 different databases/programs.
The library is also now equipped with a classroom for both formal and informal instruction and outreach services have increased to a full-time position. Perhaps the library’s biggest acquisition to date is the WEB access to ProQuest Direct, a full-image, full-text database of articles within all disciplines. To say we are growing in “leaps and bounds” would be too mild of a statement. Instead, we are proof that progress works, and it can succeed when you have the opportunities and the support which the Freeman/Lozier Library has experienced over the past 20 years.
*This article has been altered for the blog post. To see the original article written by Robin Bernstein please visit: http://library.bellevue.edu/news/books.htm Vol. 1 No. 4, pg. 1.*