A Message from the Dean
Happy spring 2019 and welcome to Cline Library! It is a time to reflect on what we have accomplished so far this academic year, which is significant. I am grateful for our dedicated and talented library staff who make it all possible, each and every day.
In October we launched a new exhibit, Splendor and Spectacle: the 100 Year Journey of Grand Canyon National Park, which tells the stories of human and natural activity in the Grand Canyon since it became a park in 1919. Thanks to support from the Arizona Humanities Council, we are currently planning for a monthly summer lecture series that raises awareness of the park’s historical and cultural impact on the state and region over the past 100 years. Watch for more information!
In case you haven’t visited the library recently, I am delighted to share that we have launched some impressive new programs in collaboration with Information Technology Services. First, the Virtual Reality Learning Studio was developed and implemented with the assistance of Giovanni Castillo, Director of the Immersive Virtual Reality Lab in the School of Communications. It is a program that offers students a place to learn and explore in immersive environments using the latest virtual reality technologies, such as Oculus Rift. Three individual consoles may be scheduled by students, faculty, or staff from NAU or CCC.
Another notable addition is the One Button Studio. As more students are creating multi-media projects for course assignments and research presentations, it made sense to design a space that helped simplify the video recording process. It affords the novice as well as experienced user the opportunity to quickly and easily record a professional quality interview, presentation, or performance with the click of a button.
The future is bright for Cline Library as I consider all of the possibilities for new programs, services, and spaces. We are close to finalizing our strategic plan, thanks to the collective feedback and ideas we gathered from members of the NAU community, alumni, and Flagstaff community.
Offering a robust and positive user experience remains a core value for all of us at Cline Library. With that in mind, we are expanding our hours and will be open 24/5 hours starting on March 24, 2019. This expanded access to library services affords online, international, and on campus students the opportunity to choose the best time to study in the library and access library services whether it is early in the morning or late into the evening. Staff are available to help with research assistance, multi-media equipment, and study spaces. We invite you to stay up with us!
Mission, Vision and Values
We engage our users in the design of discovery, research and learning experiences that advance NAU’s mission and strengthen our diverse community. Our expertise, collections, services and spaces elevate learning, scholarship, creativity and innovation in Arizona and beyond.
Cline Library is the dynamic center of intellectual inquiry for a highly engaged user community that pursues and advances world-class teaching, learning and research.
- Keeping the user at the center of everything we do
- Integrity in our work
- Inclusion and equity in our relationships
- Excellence and sustainability in our programs and stewardship
- Innovation in our services and spaces
- Collaboration with our community
Building and Spaces Accordion Open
Cline Library is the largest computing space on campus for students and faculty. Users have access to height adjustable workstations, a wireless network, color and black/white printing and scanning throughout the building. The Studios offer users access to multi-media production studios, virtual reality technology, and audio/video recording equipment in an iMac and Dell Precision computing environment. A variety of computing options are available to NAU and CCC users, including PC and MAC desktop computers, and PC, MAC, and Chromebook laptops. We are committed to providing technology that helps make computing and content accessible to everyone.
Library spaces include: individual and group study rooms, graduate and faculty carrels, quiet study and computing spaces, and a silent study area on the 3rd floor of the building. Of note, the MakerLab offers the NAU, CCC, and members of the local community access to 20 3D printers, electronic prototyping equipment, design resources, and more. Learning spaces include a 400-seat Assembly Hall for classes and events as well as the Learning Studio, a highly configurable 70-seat advanced technology classroom designed to support innovative teaching and learning methods.
Special Collections and Archives offers access to millions of photographs, manuscripts, moving images, maps, and oral histories documenting the rich human and natural history of the Colorado Plateau as well as the institutional history of Northern Arizona University.
Scholars’ Corner Café serves Starbucks coffee, beverages, and light snacks during the academic year. Users can also find snacks and cold beverages in vending machines throughout the library. Select furnishings feature wood and granite salvaged during recent library projects for reuse. Energy-saving features include a plumbing system with low-flow faucets and toilets to reduce water use, an optimized heating and cooling system, and an energy-reducing lighting system.
Art Accordion Closed
Upon entering the library, users will see a Limestone and bronze sculpture in front of the library, “1996: The Year of Science” created by Budapest artist Peter Parkanyi Raab during his appointment as an NAU visiting artist. Above the Jean Collins Reading Room, Stained glass windows were a gift to the library and the university from Jean Collins, Emeritus Dean and University Librarian, upon her retirement. Local artist Vickie Belman created the windows from a joint design with Dean Collins. A showcase piece titled Monument Symphony, a giclee’ print of an original painting by Shonto Begay, 2011 is located on the 2nd floor of the library near our Writing Commons.