The mission of the library is to facilitate the leadership, service and social justice education of the American Baptist College community by providing access to quality resources that undergird the professional, academic, personal growth of its students and faculty. Through the use of technology and instruction, the library creates a collaborative and interactive learning center that inspires the community in all area of the lives and presents American Baptist College as a leader in academic research on black church and social justice.
The ways in which students research and receive information has challenged the library community to take a deeper look into the services we provide. The Susie McClure Library is proud to adopt a learning commons model to undergird the community of American Baptist College.
The Susie McClure Library is specifically designed with versatile spaces for students to collaborate and create. The Reading Room provides students with collections from biblical scholars such as Dr. Renita J. Weems to activist Harmon Wray. The building has wireless throughout and a seminar classroom that can hold up to thirty students. Downstairs houses a computer lab with twenty different PCs and a large printer for students to utilize. Upstairs is an additional classroom as well as a new multimedia room that contains technology from VR to audio/video editing software for student & faculty usage.
The library is fitted with interactive panels on every floor that turns just about every space into an opportunity for classroom learning. One monitor adorns the foyer area allowing students to receive campus announcements, as well as conduct research through documentaries and videos. To encourage dialogue among the campus community, student’s works created through the use of digital media are featured. The chapel area is outfitted with a camera and a sound system that provides video and audio feed in other rooms of the library. Students can now participate and dialogue on current events in ways they could not before.
The library has always been a hub for students. The infusion of technology has led to a partnership with the department of Student Activity Affairs. Themed events are now coordinated with the library that not only increase student use of the facility but engage the surrounding community. Students are encouraged to use social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to document their activities.