Director's Watch column: Recent developments here at Falvey
Falvey Memorial Library is a dynamic and evolving organization. In this Director's Watch column, I’d like to share with you some news about recent developments here. As we move into the 21st century, we are working to fit our academic support mission to the realities of the digital age and to the changing needs and expectations of our student and faculty cohort.
1) Library reorganization
We are in the final phases of the overhaul of our organizational structure. The organizational changes we are making will focus our service mission more effectively on identified academic needs and priorities, deepen our technology support base and consolidate some departments. In this connection, a key new group is dedicated to Academic Integration.
This group, comprised of teams of librarians, will focus on the suite of services we provide to distinctive academic areas. These liaison teams will work in their areas to bring together various dimensions of the library mission (collection development, consulting and instructional services, programming and the promotion of scholarship, digital and technology services and resources) in a manner more fully informed by student and faculty needs, while presenting a comprehensive view of the Library to our various constituencies.
The reorganization, still a work-in-progress, will be completed in the next several months.
2) Physical Environment
Last spring, John Kelley, Dane Hewlett and Jim Trainer, from the Office of Planning, Training and Institutional Research (OPTIR), worked with a committee of library staff on a multi-dimensional study of our service environment. Based on their data gathering and analysis, they made a set of recommendations for improvements.
One is the recent consolidation of all person-to-person service interactions at the single large desk at the front of the first floor. From this single point-of-contact, we will provide transactional services (circulation, interlibrary loan, reserve readings), information assistance, research consulting and referral, media and bound periodical collection retrieval and basic technology support. (See related article, "Joint Falvey and OPTIR team investigates how you use the library.")
In addition, in response to student demand and at the recommendation of the service study team, Graphic Services is setting up a print center similar to the one in Bartley, which should be operational during the fall semester.
3) Digital Collections
We have constituted a digital library development team that includes technology, content and special collections experts and a new curatorial assistant. Over the summer, this group has worked to bring online an impressive range of items from our physical holdings. This includes a collaborative effort with several faculty partners to make special collections materials available in digital form for student learning activities and research assignments.
If you would like to view our digital collections, check out our Digital Library information site that describes in detail the scope of our digital initiatives. If you would like to see what items we have online at the moment, check out our Digital Library browser.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments.
Joe Lucia, University Librarian and Director of Falvey Memorial Library