2024 NSU Fact Book

2024 FACT BOOK 9 University Facilities LIBRARIES u The mission of the Nova Southeastern University libraries is to collaborate to be the premier research, cultural, and lifelong learning centers for NSU and the community. The university libraries include the Martin and Gail Press Health Professions Division Library; the Panza Maurer Law Library; the Oceanographic Campus Library; the NSU University School Media Center; and the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center. The university libraries offer extensive print and online collections in a wide range of formats, knowledgeable librarians and staff members, and up-to-date technology that supports the research and information needs of library users at every location within the university system. The diverse collections at the university libraries include more than 1.4 million items and 410,000+ unique electronic resources, as well as extensive collections of maps, audio and visual recordings, microforms, rare books, and manuscripts. More than 550 research databases contain the full text and images from hundreds of thousands of ebooks, journals, and newspapers. Most electronic resources are accessible to NSU-affiliated users from any location. Buildings within the university library system offer wireless access and a variety of study spaces, includ- ing group and individual study rooms, collaborative workspaces, individual study carrels, and designated quiet study spaces. Library computer workstations, including Macs and PCs, are loaded with standard software applications. The Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center provides the university libraries with a unique opportunity to fulfill the ambitious mission to serve both the university and the local community. The Alvin Sherman Library is the physical manifestation of a rare collaboration between a private university and a public entity. This joint-use, multipurpose building serves the students and faculty and staff members of NSU as well as the residents of Broward County. A 40-year agreement between NSU and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners allows the Alvin Sherman Library to support the curricular and research needs of the university while simultaneously providing traditional public library services to the citizens of Broward County. At 325,000 square feet, the Alvin Sherman Library is among the largest library buildings in the Southeastern United States. All visitors are welcomed into the building by a spacious, five-story atrium. This modern facility includes multiple service points; high-density, movable shelving; 13 electronic classrooms; 33 group study rooms; 7 conference rooms; a 25-seat teleconference room; the 75-seat, technology-rich Circle of Friends Collaborative Study Room; the Ann Porterfield Digital Media Lab; a café; and the University Archives. It also hosts the Write from the Start Writing and Communication Center, Farquhar Honors College, and the Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation. The Alvin Sherman Library is not only the research library for both NSU and Broward County; it is a cultural hub for both communities. Several perma- nent works of art are on display throughout the building, including The Glass Garden by famed glass artist Dale Chihuly and a Buddhist prayer wheel blessed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The 2,150-square-foot Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery is host to a variety of engaging exhibits throughout the year. The Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center on the second-floor houses educational resources and rare artifacts from the WWII-era Nazi genocide of the 20th century. Adjacent to the Sherman Library, the 500-seat Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center includes state-ofthe-art lighting and acoustics suited for larger events. Every year, the Alvin Sherman Library offers many varied cultural opportunities through its support and hosting of public lectures, workshops, receptions, salons, concerts, outdoor festivals, and events.