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The Library at Berkeley College in Paramus connects students to the College community.
Paramus Library Encourages Students to Get Involved
The Library at Berkeley College in Paramus is far more than an institutional repository or a place to conduct academic research. Centrally located, this brightly lit space that looks out onto the College’s courtyard is a popular destination for discussing class projects and the go-to place to learn about upcoming events.
“The role of the librarians at Berkeley College in Paramus includes organizing, promoting, and running programs and events that engage our students and offer them cultural exposure,” said Maria Deptula, Library Director, Berkeley College, Paramus.
The Library’s popular monthly Book and Film clubs are open to students, faculty, and staff. During National Library Week, Ms. Deptula invites students to share stories about books that have impacted their lives and shares these stories via video clips with the College community. Last year the Library participated in World Book Night US, a celebration dedicated to the love of reading. During this event librarians distributed free special edition copies of recently published or established classic books chosen by a World Book Night panel.
Library programs are frequently run in partnership with the Office of Student Development and Campus Life and Career Services, and often with the assistance of faculty and students. Berkeley College students enrolled in art classes in Paramus are invited to showcase their work as part of a campus-wide exhibit hosted by the Library. Faculty and students from a number of disciplines come together to help with the Library’s theatrical productions.
“The Interior Design Department assists us with stage design, we get help with costumes from the Fashion Department, and the English Department provides direction with the acting,” Ms. Deptula said. “These performances really engage our students and bring the College community together in a very rewarding way.”
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