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Library Resource Enhancement

Activity Director - Dr. Alexa Henderson
Assistant - Ms. Yolanda Tonic
(404) 880-8767
(404) 880-8982 (fax)

Activity Narrative:

The vision of the Robert W. Woodruff Library (RWWL) is to be the first and best choice for its users (students and faculty of Clark Atlanta University and the Atlanta University Center) in their search for information. Results of the library’s assessment (LibQUAL) Survey, administered in Spring Semester 2007 to 1577 (32%) Clark Atlanta University faculty and students, revealed the following: The key concerns of Clark Atlanta undergraduates related to the availability of e-resources, especially remote access to these resources. For Clark Atlanta faculty, the key concerns related to the availability of print and/or e-journals, printed materials, electronic information resources and remote access to e-resources.

The Library Resource Enhancement Program proposes to assist the University in meeting the needs identified by faculty and undergraduate students by:

  • Providing access to a reference collection that is more useful and relevant in content and format by purchase and renewal of electronic materials in selected subject areas.
  • Improving the relevancy of media and print holdings by assessment, acquisition and access to new and/or appropriate resources.

Purpose of the Activity

The Robert W. Woodruff Library provides a full range of services to support undergraduate education at Clark Atlanta University. In addition to the functional areas of reference, circulation, reserves, interlibrary loan, orientation and instruction, collection development, periodicals and document services, the Library has two service centers that address the needs of students and faculty specifically in the schools/departments of education and business administration,--the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) and the Dow Jones Resource Center (DJRC),--whose objectives include the delivery of information-rich services that are in keeping with Clark Atlanta’s growth and prominence in the disciplines of education and business administration. In addition, the Archives and Special Collections offers access to a non-circulating collection of over 20,000 manuscripts and publications documenting the history and culture of people of African descent.

Planning Needs

The Library’s strategic priority to build and expand access to collections to meet the teaching and research needs of students and faculty will be supported by this grant. The currency of information is a vital issue in any academic library, and RWWL is committed to maintaining currency in its holdings.

  • Support from Title III will allow the University to keep up with cost and acquisitions comparable to other educational institutions and will also provide faculty and undergraduate students with resources needed to support academic instruction.
  • Support from Title III will provide electronic reference materials that are available from remote locations to support collaborative and innovative teaching and learning at the undergraduate level.

Anticipated Outcome

Undergraduate students and faculty at Clark Atlanta will have access to new and relevant information in print and electronic formats to adequately support the curricula of the academic programs, as well as meet the research needs of its faculty and students.


  1. By September 30, 2011, increase new or additional library holdings (print holdings, periodicals, and electronic databases) to support compliance with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Professional Standards Commission (NCATE/PSC); National Association of Schools of Policy Affairs Administration (NASPAA), Council on Social Work Administration (CSWE); ABET; Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC); Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); and American Chemical Association (ACA).
  2. By May 30, 2011, increase by a minimum of 10% the involvement of faculty in assessing holdings and recommending new acquisitions to support undergraduate degree offerings at the University.