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COA nets $50K grant for 'Student Envois' project

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College of The Albemarle has been awarded a $50,000 state grant to start a student-driven project designed to enhance students' use of the community college's newly renovated library.

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From staff reports

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

College of The Albemarle has been awarded a $50,000 state grant to start a student-driven project designed to enhance students' use of the community college's newly renovated library.

The Library Services and Technology Act grant from the State Library of North Carolina will be used to promote the “Student Envois” project at the Charles H. Ward Library and Knowledge Commons, a college press release states.

According to COA, the grant will fund the hiring of a staff member to develop the “Student Envois” project and assist in hiring, training and guiding a group of 10-12 students who will pilot the project. These "student envois" will then encourage their peers to become "empowered learners" through collaborative learning and effective use of the college's available resources, technology and staff.

Rodney Wooten, director of Library and Learning Services, applied for the grant.

“In the last few years, patrons typically visited the library to use the computer lab and testing center,” he said. “ With the completion of the building renovation, we now have a space that is inviting and promotes collaborative learning. The Student Envois will receive the training and experience necessary to help encourage their peers to apply the resources and technology available in COA’s Library toward their coursework.”

According to its website, the State Library of North Carolina awarded more than $2.8 million to 47 local projects in North Carolina’s libraries for 2019-20. The LSTA grants are made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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