Copley Library held its 3rd Annual Library Retreat on January 10, 2020 at the Dana on Mission Bay. This year’s topic was student success, presenters included Chris Nayve, Cynthia Avery, Melissa Halter, and Rebecca Blakiston.
Chris Nayve, Associate Vice President for Community Engagement & Anchor Initiatives at the University of San Diego started the day by discussing the concept of libraries as anchors and how members of USD work with various communities including Linda Vista and the Bayside Community Center, Barrio Logan, City Heights and Tijuana. He also discussed Copley Library’s involvement specifically with Bayside Community Center and the Low Rider Archival project.
Cynthia Avery, Assistant Vice President of Student Life and Melissa Halters, Assistant Vice President of Student Wellness discussed the concept of Generation Z students and ways Copley Library can better understand the majority of the student population and their mediated environment.
Lastly, Rebecca Blakiston, User Experience Librarian & Strategist from the University of Arizona touched on the entire user experience as well as the design mindset. She challenged the attendees by asking them “how might we empower students with the tools, skills, and mindset for a lifetime of success?” She used this challenge as an opportunity for Copley Library faculty and staff to work through creating a prototype of a library user and building a kind of library space that would empower students to succeed in college.
Faculty and staff used the last few minutes of the retreat to reflect on ways to support student success. A special thanks to the Copley Library Retreat Committee for their hard work in putting together a wonderful retreat!