NDNU To House San Mateo Educational Resources (SMERC) Library

Belmont, CA, June 7, 2010 — Notre Dame de Namur University will be the new home for one of the most important research tools available to San Mateo County educators, the 28,000 volume San Mateo Educational Resources Center (SMERC) Library, which is scheduled to be closed due to budget constraints as of June 30, 2010.

Under the agreement between NDNU and the San Mateo County Office of Education, the collection of books and other publications, including microfiche from the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) collection will be housed in the university’s Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Library, and will continue to be available to all public school educators in San Mateo County.

In a letter to county school officials, County Superintendent of Schools Jean Holbrook said, “We are grateful for Notre Dame de Namur University’s community spirit and desire to enhance its already outstanding support to teachers and administrators, by ensuring that the valuable resources of the SMERC Library will continue to be available to educators in our county.”

“The SMERC Library has been an important resource for county educators for 40 years and NDNU is extremely pleased to be able to continue making the library available to San Mateo County teachers and administrators,” said Dr. Joanne Rossi, Dean of the School of Education and Leadership. “I know from personal experience how important the SMERC Library is to teachers and administrators for their research and continuing education.”