WNCC library is small
At first glance, the library at Western Nevada Community College-Douglas certainly doesn’t appear to be a traditional library – and it’s not.
But all the information available at the Carson City and Fallon campuses is also available there. Although it doesn’t have many books, two public-use computers with printers are available with access to all of the same information the other campus computers offer.
“It’s kind of new concept,” said Douglas Librarian Larry Calkins. “When people come in, they don’t see range upon range of books. In a traditional sense, it may not be exactly what they’re expecting.”
As for hard-copy information, it can be retrieved from the other campuses within a few days, whether in the form of photocopied articles and pages or the actual texts. Sometimes it may take a day or two, but Douglas students can get all the information other WNCC students can – from the much smaller Bently Hall library.
“Anything they (students) can check out up there,” Calkins said, “they can check out down here.”
The Douglas library will have a book collection, but it will be small, primarily made up of reference books. From the computers, students will have access to several full-text databases and the internet. From the databases, students have access to numerous collections of newspaper and magazine articles, other Nevada university catalogs and much more.
The hours for the library are 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., corresponding to the times when most classes are in session. It has been open three weeks, and so far library use is somewhat slow, according to Calkins.
“So far it’s been fairly quiet,” he said. “But that’s expected, since we’re just getting started.”
Calkins moved from Medford, Ore., to take the job. He was a reference librarian there for 12 years. However, he’s no stranger to the area. Calkins worked briefly at the library desk at WNCC Carson City in 1982. He’s also worked at Douglas County Public Library, Nevada State Library and Archives and the Elko Library. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in library science from the University of Oregon.
He took the job because he was ready for a change, and so far is happy with the decision.
“It sounded very fascinating,” he said. “It’s a new type of librarian. So far, I really enjoy it.”