Felix Goodson Library

Mission Statement

The mission of Felix Goodson Library is to provide the services and resources necessary to help educate, equip, and enrich the students, faculty, administration, and staff of Williams Baptist University in fulfillment of its mission, as well as to the surrounding local community.  This mission is primarily centered on the instructional tasks of the University, focusing on the curricular support of the students and teaching faculty of the University.  Further, we connect individuals to and facilitate their quest for information, knowledge and thought, and support their development as competent, life-long learners and ethical leaders.

Pamela Meridith
Director of Library Services
(870) 759-4137
pmeridith@williamsbu.edu

Joel Olive 
Public Services Supervisor
(870) 759-4139
jolive@williamsbu.edu

Peggy Chadwick
Library Technician
(870) 759-4138
pchadwick@williamsbu.edu

School Term Hours

Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Summer Hours

Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed for lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Closed weekends & holidays

View Library Policies Here

Library Use

 

Open stacks for easy access to print items and Web resources and services are available to both in-person users as well as online students.   There is also a classroom/conference room, a computer lab and quiet areas for individual study.  Group study area also available. Free Wi-Fi and charging stations are located throughout the building.

Mission Statement

The mission of Felix Goodson Library is to provide the services and resources necessary to help educate, equip, and enrich the students, faculty, administration, and staff of Williams Baptist University in fulfillment of its mission, as well as to the surrounding local community.  This mission is primarily centered on the instructional tasks of the University, focusing on the curricular support of the students and teaching faculty of the University.  Further, we connect individuals to and facilitate their quest for information, knowledge and thought, and support their development as competent, life-long learners and ethical leaders.

Library Public Services Philosophy

The purpose of Felix Goodson Library Public Services is to make information available to Library users.  The goal of all Library departments is to enhance customer service in:

  • Finding information to answer specific questions;
  • Helping users find information for themselves;
  • Teaching people how to use library resources and how to do library research;
  • Disseminating information in the mode of delivery (print and electronic) that best meets user needs;
  • Providing information literacy instruction connected with the curricular goals;
  • Support academic freedom and uphold the confidentiality of library patron records.

Present Building

The construction was completed in 1966 and named after former employee Felix Goodson, a good friend of the principal donor for the library building. The building was given a new facelift in 2003. Brick columns were added to the front of the building and the old flat roof was replaced with a pitched, metal roof, matching several other buildings on campus.

Inside the reference room, a second floor was added, making room for a new study area and computer lab. Bookshelves were added below the study area and computer lab to increase the area for the reference collection.

 

Academic Freedom in the Christian University Library

Academic or intellectual freedom in the context of the American library is inherent in the historical concept of serving a free people.  Basic First Amendment rights are conserved through confidentiality of library and patron records.  Collection development is pursued according to the principles of the Library Bill of Rights* and collects materials representing varied points of view in all areas of knowledge and in all levels in support of the curriculum.  To this end, the Library promotes the research of unbiased resources.

As Felix Goodson Library owes its allegiance to both Williams Baptist University and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, the Library supports both institutions’ missions spiritually and academically.  It has a responsibility to provide access to a range of knowledge in all disciplines, both contemporary and historical, in appropriate formats.

The Library does not endorse all the ideas expressed in resources accessible in the collection and does not promote bias in the form of censorship.  Library staff teach information literacy and  library research skills to individuals and groups and allows the patrons to reach their own conclusions through free inquiry.  In this way, the Library encourages patrons to broaden their perspective of the universe.

*Adopted by ALA in 1948, amended in 1961 and 1980 and reaffirmed in 1996.

(12.2010)

 

Confidentiality and Privacy Statement

It is imperative for ethical, moral, and legal reasons that Felix Goodson Library protect the privacy of all persons using Library resources.  Each person has the right to borrow and use Library materials without fear of harassment, pressure, or intimidation by someone else who needs the material or disapproves of it.

The Library must protect each user’s right to privacy with respect to information sought or received, and materials consulted, borrowed, or acquired.  Therefore, the following information is not to be revealed to anyone other than Felix Goodson Library staff and is NOT to be revealed to patrons, faculty, administrators, other students, police, credit bureaus, boyfriends, girlfriends, parents, spouses, etc:

  • Patron names, addresses or telephone numbers;
  • Employee home addresses or telephone numbers;
  • Student employee work and/or class schedules;
  • Names of patrons with items checked out whether the person is a student or an employee;
  • What items a person has checked out may be revealed ONLY to the person him/her self.
  • A person’s debts may be revealed ONLY to the person him/her self.  Questions from WBU administrative personnel will be directed to the Director of Library Services.

Anyone seeking such information in spite of Library policy will be referred to the Director of Library Services and the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Only official WBU identification cards are used for Library transactions.  Cards are not transferable.  The cardholder must be present for the transaction.  All Library patrons are subject to this policy including students, faculty, staff, administration, and community patrons.

(12.2010)

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