Congratulations, Shane Ratzell!

Congratulations to Shane Ratzell, Outreach and Instruction Librarian, for presenting “Student Success By Partnering with the Library” about his development and experience of the CCU Library’s Book A Librarian research model.  Shane presented at the John N. Gardner Gateway Course Experience Conference late February.  Click here to view student, faculty and librarian testimonials about the Book A Librarian.


January 2017 updates

The library congratulates Karen Neville, Technical Services Librarian, for having an article published in the Special Issue on Library Discovery Systems of the Annals of Library and Information Studies (vol. 63,  no. 4, 2016).  This journal is a “leading quarterly journal in Library and Information Studies publishing original papers, survey reports, reviews, short communications, and letters pertaining to library science, information science and computer applications in these fields”.  For all you librarians, this is the journal that S.R. Ranganathan started!

The article is about our online catalog, Pika, and titled,

Usability in the Pika discovery layer: an academic and public library case study

by Elizabeth Gallinger and Karen Neville.

Merry Christmas from all of us in the Library!

As it always does, the semester careens to a halt and things get very quiet for a couple of weeks.  Charlene left CCU for California and we wish her the best but we will miss her very much.

We’ll be open reduced hours through the 23rd, then close for the Christmas break, and then return on Tuesday, January 3rd, for reduced hours until everyone returns to start up again on January 16th.

Be safe in your travels and enjoy special time with your family and friends. Read a good book over break!

On behalf of Karen, Shane and Alfredo,  … Gayle

Join us for our fall events

  • Please join us Thursday, Nov. 10, 9:30 am, for Story Time, always a fun event for “kids” of all ages.
  • On Friday, Nov. 11, all day (8a-5p) we honor all Veterans with a video and webpage slide show as well as a free donut.  Thank you for your service to our country!
  • On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings right after the Thanksgiving break, Nov 29-30, we offer LNSH (Late Night Study Hall)!  We’re open to 2 am and offer research help, study breaks and food inducements to keep you going and finish well.
  • On Thursday, Dec. 1, 4:30 pm, we have English major seniors presenting special readings and snacks, too.

Please help us out, friend of the library!

Please help us out, friend of the library!  The library team is writing an application for the Association of College and Research Libraries award, Excellence in Academic Libraries.  Would you write a letter of reference on our behalf?  Did we assist you in a special way or make a difference for you at CCU?  Do you appreciate the librarians, Charlene and student staff?  Please describe your experience with the CCU Library as a part of our application.  Write what you’re comfortable saying or see the criteria from their guidelines.  Please send your letter to me by November 15, Gayle, at  Many thanks!

Aaannnnd…..we’re off!  Welcome back all students, faculty and staff!  We’re energized for the semester ahead and look forward to interacting with you.  This semester take full advantage of all we offer;  IM chat with us; set up a Book A Librarian for research help; place holds on our books, request Prospector and Mobius items; use the databases, use Reserves; reserve a conference from for your group; use the computer lab; print wirelessly; and enjoy your library this semester!

Summer update

The library launches summertime projects and travel to conferences, mission trips and vacations. It’s more quiet but still busy – we have our list of projects for sure!  One librarian is joining a CCU2THEWORLD mission trip to Equador and I will attend the “Snezek Library Leadership Institute”, a Council of Christian Colleges and Universities Library Directors institute and named after Wheaton librarian, Paul Snezek, who was a mentor to several of our group. Additionally we will enjoy family travels, hosting visitors and Colorado summer activities.  Have a great summer!
Gayle Gunderson

It’s an “April Showers” of events!

It’s an “April Showers” of events where we celebrate National Library Week from April 11- 15 and we have a lot going on!  We have beautiful art on display already (through May 4th).
On Monday the 11th and Friday the 15th we offer Fines Forgiveness (up to $10); on Tuesday we will enjoy “Story Time” with the Children’s Literature class (12:15 pm); on Wednesday a panel of 7 faculty  will present on their publishing experiences (3:15 pm); on Thursday in the evening we have a live Art Demo by John Stadler from 5-7 pm and an Art Lecture by Dr. Sharon Mar Adams, “Aesthetic Theology, Contemplation and Devotion” (7-8 pm).  The following week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (April 18-20) it’s LNSH (Late Night Study Hall) where we’re open until 2 AM for students to FOCUS and FINISH!   Pick one or all and join us!

View Biblical Art in the library through May!

The Library is hosting a special installation of art from the Religious Academy and Biblically Based Fine Art artists from March 4-May 4.  Please come to enjoy this beautiful art available all hours we’re open.

Library branding

“Open your world”-“Where you can!”-“My library, my lifeline”-“Everything you’re into” /

These are library slogans! It’s time that the CCU Clifton Fowler Library had a good slogan.  Please find on this page our contest to help us do just that – see “Are you creative” on this page and submit your winning entry!  Thank you for your support of the library, librarians and staff.