The Paul Barret, Jr. Library

Darlene Brooks. Director of the Barret Library. B.A., M.L.I.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
William Short. Associate Director of Library Services. B.A., Rhodes College; M.L.S., George Peabody College. 
Janice Tankersley. Head of Cataloging. B.A., M.S., University of Memphis; M.S.L.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
Amanda Ford. Head of Circulation. B.A., Mississippi State University 
Kenan C. Padgett. Interlibrary Loan & Information Services Librarian. 
B.A. Elon College; M.L.S. University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Rachel Feinman. Catalog and Collection Development Librarian. B.S., M.L.S., Florida State University.
Greg Paraham. Information Services Librarian. B.A., University of Memphis; M.L.S., Louisiana State University.
Wendy Trenthem. Information Services Librarian. B.A., Rhodes College; M.L.S. University of Texas-Austin.
Jennifer Ott. Information Services Librarian. B.A. University of Tennessee, Knoxville; M.L.I.S, Rutgers University.

Barret Library, a state-of-the-art facility made possible by a major gift from the Paul Barret, Jr. Trust, opened in August, 2005. Paul Barret, Jr., a graduate of the class of 1946 who died in 1999, was the nephew of Mr. and Mrs. A.K. Burrow, who provided for the construction of the 1953 Burrow Library. Barret Library will serve the needs of the college well into the 21st century. The facility, equipped for both wireless and wired technology, features a 24-hour study space and group study rooms, along with facilities for study and library collections. Also included in the Barret Library are areas for peer-tutoring and writing assistance, computer laboratories, the Digital Media Lab and Media Center.

The Library’s collection has been carefully built over a period of years by both the teaching faculty and the library staff to include materials that constitute valuable resources for undergraduate instruction in a liberal arts institution. The research catalog is part of WorldCat, which connects and shares thousands of library catalogs across the country. The interface allows you to see holdings within other libraries as well. The collection is supplemented by online access to a number of databases that support the college's curriculum, including but not limited to, America: History & Life, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Early English Books Online, EBSCO, ProQuest Complete, the MLA Bibliography, PsycInfo, LEXIS-NEXIS (Academic, Statistical, Congressional, and Environmental), Slavery and Anti-Slavery, Philosopher’s Index, Newsbank, Sociological Abstracts, ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, and EconLit. Access is also provided to BioOne, Project Muse and JSTOR electronic journal collections. The library staff is concerned not only with the acquisition, organization, and circulation of the collection, but in providing reference and technology assistance to users, as well as instruction to classes and individuals in effective information literacy.

In addition to the reference and circulating collections there are four special collections: the Rhodes Archives, the Richard Halliburton Collection, the Walter P. Armstrong, Jr. Book Collection and the Shelby Foote Collection, made possible through the generosity of Riea and Steve Lainoff. The Walter P. Armstrong, Jr. Book Collection includes the special items of value added to the library through the years and the collection of first editions of English and American authors, many of them autographed. The Halliburton Collection consists of manuscripts and artifacts relating to the life of this noted travel adventure writer.

The Rhodes Archives consists of publications about Rhodes of an historical nature as well as student honors papers and books written by faculty and alumni. DLynx, the Archives digital repository, provides access to over 18,500 digital Items of historical value and materials created by faculty, staff, and students. These materials include: digital copies of the Sou’wester, the student newspaper, student honor papers, and hundreds of images of student life from past decades. The Sou’wester, the student newspaper, has been digitized from November 1919 to the present date. The Ranking Web of World Repositories” lists DLynx as 113 out of 1646 digital collections in North America which places it in the top 10%.

In order to effect optimum inter-institutional library service to the students, faculty, and staff of the Greater Memphis Consortium, the Barret Library joins the following libraries in making their collections available to each other’s students and faculty: The Christian Brothers University Library, Hollis F. Price Library of LeMoyne-Owen College, Ned W. McWherter Library of the University of Memphis, G. Pillow Lewis Library of the Memphis College of Art, and the Memphis Theological Seminary Library. Students are also entitled to library cards in the Memphis Public Library and Information Center (Central Branch), which is an especially valuable community resource. The Barret Library operates an active and invaluable interlibrary loan service for its faculty and students with libraries outside the Memphis area.