May 22, 2024
The boxes are unpacked, the books are on the shelves, both real and virtual, and the library is open for business in the new Root Hall at the U.S. Army War College. Greta Braungard and Heather Goyette are back in the studio with podcast host Ron Granieri to talk about everything they do to help students and faculty find the information they need. Whether it's the physical stacks or the digital ones, the new Knowledge Commons is the heart of academic research at the War College, and a great deal of thought has gone into making sure that searchability and accessibility are at the center of its functionality. Greta and Heather share the extensive efforts they and the entire team have taken to ensure that the library meets and exceeds the needs of its patrons, now and for years to come.

The boxes are unpacked, the books are on the shelves, both real and virtual, and the library is open for business in the new Root Hall at the U.S. Army War College. Greta Braungard and Heather Goyette are back in the studio with podcast host Ron Granieri to talk about everything they do to help students and faculty find the information they need. Whether it’s the physical stacks or the digital ones, the new Knowledge Commons is the heart of academic research at the War College, and a great deal of thought has gone into making sure that searchability and accessibility are at the center of its functionality. Greta and Heather share the extensive efforts they and the entire team have taken to ensure that the library meets and exceeds the needs of its patrons, now and for years to come.

We actually have about 22,000 linear feet of archival material, so there is quite a lot of primary source material, and primary source and archival does not mean old. Some of it is contemporary material. So making that SRR appointment…that’s really a great way to find out if those primary sources are relevant to your topic.

Greta Braungard is the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Academic Library Division Chief at the U.S. Army War College. She came to the USAWC in 2008 and has served as a librarian in several roles culminating as the Division Chief. She has presented at various library conferences, including the Military Libraries Training Workshop and the Library of Congress FEDLINK Expo. She received her Master of Library Science from Syracuse University.

Heather Goyette is the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Root Hall Branch Chief of the Academic Library Division at the U.S. Army War College. She came to USAWC in 2020, and has previously served in various DOD Libraries to include positions at West Point and the George C. Marshall Center. She received her Master of Library Science from Rutgers University.

Ron Granieri is Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor of A BETTER PEACE.

The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.

Photo Description: Interior and exterior views of the new Root Hall, Carlisle Barracks, PA

Photo Credit: U.S. Army War College

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