Your Whiteboard Responses Help W&M Libraries Build Its Book Collection

Posted on April 8, 2019

By Paul Showalter - Coordinator of Instruction & Assessment

Each week during the Fall 2018 semester, you might've seen a whiteboard near the Swem Library lobby with a (usually) fun question and invitation for library visitors to answer. For the week of November 11, we asked, "Which book best captures your identity or culture?" And you gave us over 50 fantastic responses that highlighted the wonderful diversity in our community. Thank you!

W&M Libraries already owned a little over 75 percent of the books that were mentioned on the whiteboard. We then bought as many of the rest as we could. While some of the titles weren't a good fit for an academic library, we were still able to acquire about 75 percent of the remaining books. So thank you for helping us build the Libraries' collection!

If you'd like to read (or re-read) any of the books that the Libraries own, you can check their availability using the W&M Libraries catalog. And if they're currently checked out, you can always request a copy through Interlibrary Loan. Enjoy!

Watch for the return of the lobby whiteboard with new questions (and some repeat "instant classics") in Fall 2019.

(We also want to give a shout-out to our library friends at Hollins University for giving us the idea for this whiteboard question.)