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Our past, present and future: expanding library, teaching and learning resources
Community strength and cultural, social and economic growth are based on higher education. As a centre of knowledge, the James A. Gibson Library at Brock is the heart of higher education in Niagara. For our students, it is the doorway to discovering knowledge.
That’s why Brock’s 2014 Academic Plan has committed to the continued enhancement of library resources to support expanded graduate and research scholarly activities.
The rapid growth in Brock’s student and faculty populations, combined with the expansion of graduate programs and increased research activities, has created a pressing need for more extensive collections of greater breadth and depth in an array of disciplines. As well, more scholarly databases, digital archives, new media and print resources are required.
Critical investments will be made in teaching and learning innovation and library resources. New state-of-the-art research and library facilities and dynamic learning spaces will empower our faculty and graduate students to conduct groundbreaking research that will help position Canada a leader in the new knowledge economy.
Special Collections and Archives bring our past into the present and safeguard it for the future
Expanded facilities for the Library’s Special Collections and Archives will enable us to house growing archival collections and attract significant donations of cultural and historical importance.
Special Collections & Archives at Brock University is recognized as one of the region’s leading heritage institutions. Known for it’s collection of War of 1812 material, Brock’s Special Collections and Archives contain unique and rare items of national and historic significance, some of which date to the 13th century.
These rare and valuable resources must be protected. Upgrades to the archival space will reduce the risk of deterioration and information loss, and allow the Brock Library to collect more resources of high research value. It will ensure enhanced environmental and safety conditions, preserving Canada’s historic collections for generations to come.
The department will also be better positioned to receive a special designation from the Department of Canadian Heritage to store nationally significant collections, a distinction that currently does not exist in Niagara. Obtaining this designation will ensure that these historic materials will remain in Niagara so that the entire community will be able to benefit from them. It will also provide donors and the community with the assurance that these archival records are being preserved at the highest standard set by the federal government.