faculty and staff: David O. Bradshaw, Mary O. Brown, Y. Mei Mah, Christine Nugent (Director), Joy Pastucha, Diana Sanderson, BK Segall, Judy Tizzard
Mission: The Shelley Mueller Pew Learning Center and Martha Ellison Library participates actively in the educational mission of the College through learning partnerships with faculty, staff, and students. The library provides quality information resources, a service-oriented staff, and a welcoming environment.
The library is open and served by librarians, staff, and student crew members 81 hours each week and provides access to books, periodicals, online resources, and the Internet during these hours. Students have seating choices including group study tables, group study rooms, carrels, and lounge seating. A study room is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the academic year. An instructional room is equipped for multimedia presentations. The library has audiovisual materials and appropriate equipment for their use, including VCRs and DVD players.
The library maintains a collection of nearly 100,000 titles and provides access to over 50,000 electronic books. The collection supports all areas of the College curriculum and contributes to the cultural enrichment of students. The heavily used alternative press magazine collection ensures that alternative and minority viewpoints are represented.
The library is a charter member of the NC LIVE (North Carolina Libraries in Virtual Education) program and is part of the ACA (Appalachian College Association) Central Library. NC LIVE and the ACA Central Library provide extensive library resources to students at participating colleges and universities. These and other services include full text coverage of over 10,000 periodicals and newspapers, extensive databases, and many other information resources.
The library provides access to the Internet and the World Wide Web through the campus network, including wireless capabilities. Librarians continuously update and expand the library homepage at www.warren-wilson.edu/~library/ to serve as the gateway to information resources.
The library offers an online catalog containing the holdings of five other MCLN (Mountain College Library Network) colleges as well as those in the Warren Wilson collection. Printed resources not owned by the library may be obtained from other MCLN libraries or through conventional interlibrary loan. Reciprocal borrowing privileges for students and staff are available for all MCLN institutions and the University of North Carolina-Asheville. Public library cards may be obtained from any branch of the public library system.
The library offers many opportunities for instruction in the use of printed and online resources. They include training in library information retrieval, library orientation and instruction for new students and staff, instruction in conjunction with college courses, instructional sessions for groups or individuals, and training for students who work on the library crew.
The College Archives (located in the lower level of the library) holds the records of the school's physical, academic, and social development from 1894 through the present. Materials include manuscripts, records, printed materials, audiovisual items, photographs, and artifacts. The archives holds the papers of administrators, faculty, staff members, students, and alumni. In addition there are records from the Presbyterian Church USA Board of National Missions (which supported the school until the early 1970s). Printed materials include news clippings, graphics, and programs from artistic and athletic events, lecture series, festivals, and commencements. The archives also has yearbooks, course catalogs, handbooks, school newspapers, and literary and administrative publications. Audiovisual holdings include oral histories, mountain and folk music recordings, and videos and movies of concerts, commencements, and other events. Photographic collections include some 36,000 prints, negatives, and slides documenting the campus and people from the 1890s through the present. Books on college history, the Presbyterian Church, the cultural and natural history of western North Carolina, and publications by school administrators, staff, faculty, and alumni are also part of the collections. The library's Elizabeth Shepard Special Collections (housed with the archives) contains theses by graduates of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, students' seminar papers, documentary source books in American history, and the Federal Writers' Project guides to America.