Most of you have already visited the school and are aware that you enter the library almost as soon as you come into the building. This was a deliberate decision made by those who came before us, and one that we enthusiastically support. Sharing the space with the school’s front desk, student lounge, and bookstore, the library is a place not only for research and study, but also to connect with fellow students, find help with projects and research, eat lunch, have a cup of coffee, or even grab a nap (on quiet days). The library shares a wall with the Commons, our student lounge and multi-use space, and we like to think of the library as a sort of learning commons. We endeavor to be a warm, welcoming (but not always quiet) place.
The library offers a variety of resources and services to meet the teaching and learning needs of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of our school. We strive to be your partner in your educational endeavors—not merely a storehouse of information, but a place to enter into dialogue with both the resources and the library staff.
Some of the main library resources are:
- A collection that encompasses academic books (including nearly 200,000 e-books), fiction, and poetry, as well as a rich film collection
- Research databases and online journals
- Access to additional materials through Interlibrary Loan
- Course textbooks on reserve for short-term checkout
- Computer workstations and study carrels
- Wireless printing
Your library staff includes:
Cheryl Goodwin, Director of Library Services. Cheryl also serves as the Director of Institutional Assessment. This involves coordinating our accreditation efforts and providing support to our academic and administrative departments as they seek to continually evaluate and improve our programs, classes, and services. Cheryl loves to travel (primarily to Hawaii and Scotland) and enjoys the antics of her yellow Labrador, Sam.
Matt Gullett, Assistant Librarian. Matt’s primary responsibilities are to facilitate the accumulation and access to the library’s collection of materials and mentor students with questions about research and writing. As a graduate of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program, he has a unique understanding and passion for the work that students do. Besides working as a professional librarian for 20 years, Matt has also maintained a private psychotherapy practice for the past several years.
Mary Rainwater, part-time Library Specialist. Mary’s official responsibility is obtaining interlibrary loans from other university libraries for items we don’t have. Her primary passion is film, and she thoroughly enjoys discussions about the relative merits and faults of new and classic movies. Mary takes several weeks off each spring to attend the Seattle International Film Festival, and the knowledge she gains from this experience is the primary reason we have such a robust film collection.
We look forward to getting to know each of you. You can begin to use the library as soon as you have registered for classes. This includes both the online resources available through the website, as well as checking out books and videos from the collection!
Your Library Staff