Monday, August 25, 2008

Welcome Back!

Welcome back! We've had a busy summer here in the library, and we're looking forward to even more excitement as the academic year unfolds. There are not a lot of immediately obvious changes in the library or its website, but there are a number of changes afoot.

First, we're beginning the planning process for transforming Carmichael Library from a conventional academic library into a Learning Commons. This transformation is one of the goals included in the University's Strategic Plan, which will be presented to the Board of Trustees in November. We'll be posting more information on the Learning Commons planning process to this blog as the year goes along.

Second, you'll notice that the Library has a number of channels in ForUM, the University's new web portal. I have served as the chair of the committee, and Alan May and Jason Cooper have put a lot of work into connecting ForUM to the library's services. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make ForUM more useful to you, and stay tuned for news about additional features to be implemented this fall.

Third, Carey Heatherly, our University Archivist, worked with a number of interns from the History program over the summer on getting our archives better organized. There's still a huge amount of work to be done, but we're making slow, steady progress. Space for the Archives is also included in the Strategic Plan.

We hope your year is getting off to a good start. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you!

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