On April 29, six SLIM students toured four libraries in the Kansas City metro area: Blue Valley Northwest High School, Johnson County Central Resource Library, Linda Hall Library, and Rockhurst University Greenlease Library.
We received a tour of the Blue Valley Northwest Media Center from school librarian Mary McCabe. The media center has a variety of services offered for the students, including a variety of books, computer services, charging centers, and more. A makerspace is currently under construction to allow hands on learning in circuitry and textiles along with space for film and broadcasting assignments. This was the first school library SCALA has toured and provided excellent information to students emphasizing school librarianship. To learn more about Blue Valley Northwest High School, visit http://blue.sdp.sirsi.net/client/en_US/bvnw/.
The second stop was at the Johnson County Central Resource Library. The library location serves as the hub for all Johnson County public libraries. Housed in a converted retail building, the library is spacious with high ceilings and plenty of room for each department to spread out. The genealogy section was an excellent example of the cooperation between the library and the Johnson County Genealogical Society. Several study rooms and meeting spaces lined the perimeter of the building and most of them were in use during our mid-day tour. The highlight of the tour was the book store run by the Friends of the Johnson County Library. To learn more about the Johnson County Central Resource Library, visit https://www.jocolibrary.org/locations/central.
The popular favorite for library toured was the Linda Hall Library. This library is a Science, Engineering, and Technology library located in the middle of the University of Missouri, Kansas City campus (though not affiliated with UMKC). Technically, the Linda Hall is a Special Library, but there is also an extensive archive with books dating back to the 15th century. The library also hosts science-related lectures and houses a Cosmology Theater with a livestream from NASA. To learn more about the Linda Hall Library, visit http://www.lindahall.org/.
Our last visit was the Greenlease Library at Rockhurst University. Rockhurst is a Jesuit university with a student population of around 1,500 students. The library hosts adequate reception and study space to meet student needs. To learn more about Greenlease Library, visit http://ww2.rockhurst.edu/library.