HPU's Smith Library Awarded Federal Grant

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 3, 2010 ? Smith Library at High Point University will soon see a great deal of book and monograph additions to its current media collection, thanks to a recent $19,500 federal grant. The grant was one of only 185 awarded to North Carolina libraries during the 2009-10 fiscal year.

The increased media collection will serve not only students at the university, but the additions will support the academic development of programs at the Nido Qubein School of Communication.

The grants are part of the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA); funds come from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and were awarded by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

At Smith Library the LSTA grant will help to purchase books and other related monographs in the area of strategic communication, journalism, film and other media topics.

“These resources will give our undergraduate population the current sources that they need to complete project and papers,” says David Bryden, library director at HPU. “Good resources such as these coupled with the 24-hour learning environment makes for the kind of strong academic mix that we seek to develop at the university.”

Funding for all projects across the state totaled $4,717,109, and will help libraries deliver learning opportunities for a lifetime, support libraries in their mission to provide cost-effective access to the Internet and to information expertise, as well as make library resources more accessible to all users.

To learn more about the IMLS, visit http://www.imls.gov/. For more information about North Carolina’s LSTA program, visit the State Library of North Carolina?s LSTA Web page at http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lsta/lsta.htm, or contact Penny Hornsby at 919-807-7420.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/ or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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