Member Spotlight - Fontbonne University

Fontbonne University logoFontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is located in Clayton, MO, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. The four year coeducation liberal arts institution was founded on the tradition of service and values and its devotion to this tradition is what continues to move Fontbonne forward into the future. Serving nearly 2,000 students with 229 full and part time faculty members, their academic programs attract students from across the U.S. and around the world.

Fontbonne University’s Jack C. Taylor Library has been an Amigos Library Services member since the 2012 Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC) merger. Prior to that, they had been an MLNC member since 1983 and Sharon McCaslin, the current Library Director, served on the MLNC Board from 2006-2012. They take advantage of FREE Amigos member benefits, such as the RDA Toolkit Subscription. Staff also attend online conferences and training workshops. The library saves money by subscribing to the following services through Amigos: Bloomsbury Berg Fashion Online Library, Credo Reference, Infobase Learning-Films on Demand, McGraw-Hill-Access Science, Oxford-Oxford English Dictionary, and ProQuest-Statistical Abstract of the United States.

Watch interviews with Jack C. Taylor Librarians
  Julie Portman
  Justin Megahan
  Mark Glenshaw
  Peggy Ridlen

The Jack C. Taylor Library provides access to over 95,000 volumes. Their information commons contains over 40 computers with high-speed and color printers and scanners. Library staff assist students and faculty from 43 undergraduate majors, 14 graduate programs, and numerous minors, certificates, and concentrations ranging from deaf education, dietetics, fine arts, cyber security, and more. Faculty members are heavily focused on teaching; Fontbonne has a 10:1 student-faculty ratio.

Did you know that October 15 marks the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Fontbonne library building? Plans are underway for a celebration later this fall. Check out their website and Twitter page for more details and to learn more.

Amigos Library Services Member Spotlight
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