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The mission of the Proctor Library is to support and enhance the instructional and educational mission of Flagler College by providing quality library materials, services and instruction, as well as a library facility that supports and enhances the College’s learning culture. The Library will provide efficient access to print, non-print and electronic resources and other technological library services and tools that support the curricular, research, and overall learning needs of the students, faculty and staff, and the Library will collaborate with faculty and others to help students and other users become information literate individuals who will be lifelong learners who can grow in their career and be productive citizens.
The vision of the Proctor Library is to be a full “learning partner” closely collaborating with the students, faculty and staff of Flagler College to achieve the goal of effective learning, not in a support role as in the past but rather as an essential and critical resource for active student learning as well as “lifelong learning” for the entire College community. The Library is to be evident in two forms. The first is as a “virtual library” providing high quality content and technologically accessible information resources to the College community no matter where they are located, whether in the Library or in any remote location, and in a manner that meets the learning style of the current “millennial” generation learner. The second is as a “library place” – a centralized learning facility where students can gather comfortably in order to: access and explore information drawn from a full variety of formats; analyze this information singly or in group discussions; and produce quality presentations and similar products that demonstrate their learning outcomes within a service-rich, comfortable learning environment.
The Proctor Library anchors the northwest corner of the College’s campus – the corner of Valencia and Sevilla Streets. The architecture and design of the three story library, both inside and out, model the College's distinctive Gilded Age style that represents the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, built by Henry M. Flagler as a grand resort in 1888. The Library offers both an elegant and aesthetic environment to all users while at the same time providing the latest and most current in information services and information technology. The Library is named for Dr. William Proctor, the College Chancellor and former president (1971-2001).
The Library is a vital educational resource on the Flagler College campus. It is staffed and equipped to provide all the services common to a research library. This includes reference support, information literacy instruction, computer-based search services, inter-library loan, and audiovisual materials and equipment. Professional librarians are available during library hours to assist users. Currently the Library provides access to 87,994 printed volumes, 99,951 electronic books, 4,745 audiovisual items, 1,857 microforms, 533 periodicals, and 6 newspapers, plus subscriptions to 65 electronic databases providing access to over 21,000 full-text periodicals. These resources are available to all active students and faculty, and the electronic resources are available to them not only inside the library facility but also from any remote location with Internet access.
An interlibrary loan (ILL) program further supports students and faculty by providing timely access to materials that are not available within the Proctor Library’s own collections. The Library is able to borrow and provide materials, from other libraries in the state and nationally, as a result of the Library’s memberships in and arrangements with the Florida Library Information Network (FLIN), the LYRASIS library consortium, and the Northeast Florida Library Information Network (NEFLIN). The Library’s use of a daily courier delivery service among participating libraries in Florida allows for timely provision of printed materials to students and faculty, and Ariel electronic technology is used to send and receive digital articles.
Computer capabilities in the Proctor Library facility include some 200 networked computer workstations for student, faculty, and staff use, and WiFi capability is available on all three floors. Accessibility options are activated on the networked computers, and these computers also contain the JAWS screen software application for use by particularly low vision students. Other adaptive technology in the Library include a CC-TV to enlarge print material for low vision students, as well as an additional accessibility station equipped with Connect Out Loud, Open Book, and Duxbury (Braille translation) software, and a Braille Embosser with an optical character recognition scanner. Microfilm reader-printers are present to allow the utilization of microfilm holdings, and the Library’s audio-visual area includes 6 video (VHS/DVD) players and 2 audio (cassette/CD) players.
Four large instruction/group study areas in the Library are equipped with full audio-visual and computer projection capabilities to support larger group collaboration and presentations. A variety of seating and privacy options throughout the Library offer seating for approximately 500 users for individual or group learning.
The third floor offers a large open-access computer lab, the graphic design lab/studio, four technology-equipped lab/classrooms, and several faculty and administrative offices.