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"She turned the Bluford library into an oasis," Taylor-Butler wrote in her nomination, "for a community that has little else to claim as its own."

The Bluford Branch Library is located in Kansas City's east side

F. D. Bluford Library, “Library Strategic Plan,” (internal document, 10 April 2012), 2.

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Academic library collections are transitioning from print serial resources to digital subscriptions. Due to smaller library budgets, users’ preference of electronic resources, and publishers’ emphasis on electronic-based full-text publishing, print serials are no longer the preferred accessible format. Many libraries are increasing their purchasing of electronic serial resources and reducing their print versions. This has created an impact on library workflows. This paper looks at the reasons for the cancellation of print serials and the impact of the workflow at F. D. Bluford Library.

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Academic library collections are transitioning from print serial resources to digital subscriptions. Due to smaller library budgets, users’ preference of electronic resources, and publishers’ emphasis on electronic-based full-text publishing, print serials are no longer the preferred accessible format. Many libraries are increasing their purchasing of electronic serial resources and reducing their print versions. This has created an impact on library workflows. This paper looks at the reasons for the cancellation of print serials and the impact of the workflow at F. D. Bluford Library.

F. D. Bluford Library, “Library Strategic Plan,” (internal document, 10 April 2012), 3–4.
The Bluford Branch Library is located in Kansas City's east side. Along with its strong collections in African American literature it is the first library in the Kansas City Public Library system to host a Health & Wellness Center. Among the amenities in the Center are specialized collections featuring extensive materials on topics ranging from teen pregnancy to diabetes; health kits for adults and teens containing books, DVDs, brochures, and articles relating to particular ailments, conditions, and diseases; and a machine to measure blood pressure. Also, a series of special programs take place on a monthly basis featuring health experts, healthcare industry job fairs, workshops, and health screenings.This library guide is recreated with the permission of Nastasha Johnson at Bluford Library at North Carolina A & T State University. Used by Permission.

Customized for the Delaware County Community College reading program by Erica Swenson Danowitz, Reference Librarian.F. D. Bluford Library supports research and teaching at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and, as such, has established this institutional repository to centralize, preserve and make publicly available the University's record of scholarly information in digital form. Collectons include research articles and reports, presentations, theses and dissertations and photo galleries.Exner and Houk discuss the effect of revised tenure standards at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and the F.D. Bluford Library at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Both are part of the University of North Carolina system, in Greensboro, North Carolina, and have faculty-status librarians on the tenure track. Recent changes to campus criteria for tenure to more rigorous scholarly standards affected library tenure standards, which were revised to require more scholarship authorship, presentations and high-level service in professional organizations. Publishing became a serious concern for librarians, and the mentoring programs were not sufficient to support library faculty. Therefore, a library at each institution established a different type of academic writing group for librarians.
The Lucile H. Bluford Library in Kansas City, US, has reopened its doors to public after a $1.3 million upgrade.

L. H. Bluford Branch Library -- Kansas City Public Library

During the first year of the project, the NCSU Libraries will digitize up to 252,000 pages of Cooperative Extension annual reports from 1909 to 1983. North Carolina A&T State University F. D. Bluford Library will scan up to 5,000 pages of correspondence, pamphlets, andscrapbooks, as well as photographs, from collections of two prominent African American extension agents.

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The Library Student Advisory Committee provides the F.D. Bluford Library with student perspectives on services, spaces, policies, collections, computing interfaces and library communications.

Take a one minute historical look into the history of NCA&T State Universities Bluford Library

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Chapter 2 of Library Technology Reports (vol. 51, no. 7), “Mobile Devices: Service with Intention,” describes F. D. Bluford Library’s iPad loan pilot, which began in December 2010. The library provided twenty iPads for circulation to students to investigate tablets’ suitability for coursework and entertainment. Assessment focused on staff time supporting the project. Measures included tracking labor per circulation and analyzing borrower support incidents. With the success of the yearlong pilot, it was expanded to thirty third-generation iPads for student circulation, followed by ten fourth-generation iPads for faculty and staff circulation with new supporting technology deployed. A cost-benefit analysis revealed that upgraded supporting technology allowed program expansion at existing staffing levels and resulted in lower labor costs per circulation. Second phase assessment included user surveys and census of apps installed by borrowers to yield insights into the value of the program. Finally, recent equipment losses, the first in the history of the program, prompted the use of Kaplan and Norton’s Balanced Scorecard evaluation documented in this case study.