October 2010

Last month, we hosted colleagues from the History Department for lunch and a discussion about Library services and faculty needs. Joyner Library, with its 1.5 million volume collection and rich special collections and electronic access to more than 300 databases, 40,000 journals, and 600,000 e-books, is an incredible source for information and research. Our faculty and staff are always delighted to be consulted about our collections and services. Although our building will not be adequate to meet the needs of an institution experiencing the current and projected rate of growth, we have recently been able to increase our seating capacity by nearly 200 and to enhance the learning environment with new furnishings and equipment. We are constantly seeking ways to improve both our physical environment and resources.

The lunch forum provided us with some specific improvements which we are seeking to implement quickly, including adding online catalog computers in the second and third floor stack areas and increasing signage about maintaining quiet in the study areas on those floors. We will also redouble our efforts to communicate and consult with faculty about weeding or collection changes.

The History Department’s observations and suggestions were very informative and helpful, and I would like to meet with other departments to explore faculty library and research needs, so I will be contacting other departments in the next few months to set up a Library Dean’s Lunch Forum. But do not feel that you need to wait for the next lunch forum to phone or e-mail me. I look forward to hearing from you.

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