From the Dean:
Welcome to the website of the Brown Library at Abilene Christian University!
The Brown Library is a collaboration of ACU faculty, staff and students, in partnership with the ACU Provost, academic deans, and library donors. Of greatest importance to the ACU Library is the strong team of librarians, library staff, archivists, and technologists at the ACU Library. This library team – its diversity, skill, and morale – is the strongest I have known, and I’m excited about its trajectory for the future.
Over the past decade the Brown Library has transformed into a hub of academic life at ACU, where creativity connects. This library transformation has included the following:
- renovating two floors of the library as a “learning commons” and a “library union,” including a Starbucks coffee shop;
- opening a multimedia creativity center (the Learning Studio) supporting digital literacy with digital camera check-out and green-screen filming environment;
- launching a integrated search platform (EBSCO Discovery Service) in a five-library consortium;
- launching and advancing a digital institutional repository (BePress Digital Commons);
- relocating over 400,000 print volumes to newly installed compact storage;
- opening a large makerspace (the Maker Lab) in the library (among the first in the U.S.in a central university library);
- opening a center for innovation in educational technology (the Innovation Foundry);
- adoption of a university-wide open-access mandate and an open textbook initiative;
- licensing Adobe Creative Cloud software for all faculty, staff, and students;
- launching a digital scholarship center (the Scholars Lab) for support of computer-enabled research and online scholarly communication;
- creating a library “reading commons” for promotion of printed books/journals and hosting of literary events on campus; and,
- inclusion of the university press as a thriving part of the university library.
Not only a repository for books, the Brown Library is a portal and passage for creative inquiry and critical ideas. The library team is always seeking to serve our clients better, and I would welcome the opportunity to hear your experiences of the library and your ideas for improvement of our services and resources.
John B. Weaver
Dean of Library Services and Educational Technology
Abilene Christian University
john.weaver [at] acu.edu