The consultant's report for the Virtual Library project was accepted by the Council on Postsecondary Education. The Steering Committee was charged with addressing the 14 issues outlined in the report; the Council will work on funding.
The Assessment Team is summarizing the faculty survey regarding library services. Results show that faculty need more journals, books, online databases and an online system that is easier to use than the present one. Responses on uses of the libraries vary greatly but Ritazza ranked high, as did reference, instruction, interlibrary loan and research databases.
The Student Government Association will send out a one-page survey on library use and hours with the tuition bills. Melissa Laning worked with the SGA on finalizing the survey.
Our contract with General Electric for library services was renewed for another year.
Three search committees have begun to work on filling three faculty vacancies: the Assistant Director, Music Library; Electronic Resources Librarian; and Reference Librarian with Business Specialty.
From June 4-6 Anna Marie Johnson, Phil Sager and I (along with 200 representatives from other academic libraries) participated in the 28th LOEX Conference, sponsored by Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The theme addressed "New Learning Environments." This was most appropriate since the Conference coincided with the opening of the University’s new electronic library/learning center, a wonderful model for the next century. In fact, Morell Boone, Eastern Michigan University's Dean of Learning Resources and Technologies, discussed the new library/learning environment in terms of teaching and learning.
I gave an overview of the learning environment in terms of library instruction during the last 30 years, with a view to the future and the development of faculty-library partnerships.
Seventeen presentations by librarians from academic institutions throughout the United States (including UofL's team), featured information on a variety of information literacy programs, and learning environments. Trends indicate that increasingly information literacy programs are becoming integrated into academic programs.