The POWER of RESEARCH and LEARNING
The Ferriss Hodgett Library provides services, space and collections to meet the research needs of our users. We are also open to the public and any resident of the province over 19 years of age can get a free library card and borrow books. Our collections in the visual arts, Newfoundland history, Canadian literature, current affairs, and graphic novels are worth investigating.
The library is committed to creating diverse study spaces for students. Over the past year the library has improved the individual study spaces on the upper level, providing larger tables, electrical outlets for devices and access to natural light. The main level has been opened up to provide a variety of study spaces that includes arm chairs and couches and comfy seating around a fireplace.
In the fall of 2018 the library partnered with the Psychology Program to provide a service learning project. The student was interested in organizing an event that would support student wellness and hosted a board game night in the library. Service learning projects provide students with tangible work experiences they can take with them into the working world and help embed campus departments into curriculum support.
Over the past two years the library has partnered with Ms. Paula Grudich, Head of the English Department at Corner Brook Regional High to provide research support to level three students working on an essay project. The impact of the partnership was recently articulated by Ms. Grudich who commented the students “realized the caliber of Grenfell’s library staff and expressed their gratitude. Our work with Grenfell elevated the assignment to a higher level”.
We continually connect with our communities, on campus and beyond, to engage users. The library, in partnership with faculty from Fine Arts, has hosted two Wikipedia “Edit-a-thons” focusing on art and feminism. We have also always showcased the art work of students, faculty and community artists. Last year, we displayed the “Forget Them Not” artwork of local artist Jackie Alcock and the “Abbie Table” project by Andy Jones. Events hosted by the library in the past year included an author talk by Lisa Moore and the “Great Gillar Debate” event. The library’s wellness initiatives have included “Mindfulness Mondays”, “30 Days of Yoga in the Library”, and snacks and supports for students during exam time.