image From the University Librarian

March has been a very busy month. Faculty and staff evaluations have been completed. Training sessions for staff and library users have been held to teach use of new electronic databases.

More than 2,000 persons used the new Commons Computer Lab in Ekstrom Library in February.

More than 2,000 persons used the Web of Science in February and positive feedback from faculty indicate their satisfaction with this important resource.

The KCVL (Kentucky Commonwealth Virtual Library) Request for Proposal for electronic databases and the RFP for document delivery have been issued. The KCVL Information Literacy Committee is working with a consultant from COLLEGIS to place their newly developed information literacy modules on the Web.

The KCVU (Kentucky Commonwealth Virtual University) Faculty Development Committee is working on holding an Intellectual Property Conference on April 13 in the University of Kentuckyís Young Library. A delegation from UofL including myself will attend this important workshop. The same group is also planning a two-day faculty development program on May 17-18 in Louisville with an emphasis on pedagogy and teaching in the electronic environment.

Budget preparations are in the second phase and a review of our assessment plan has been submitted to the Provost. The strategic plan has been updated, the document can be located on the Librariesí Intranet <>.

The Faculty-Staff Annual Fund campaign is now in process and this year it is designated for the University Libraries.

During February 12-15 I met with the Association of Southeast Research Libraries (ASERL). We received up-to-date information about SOLINETís latest database proposals for academic and research libraries. We also discussed issues related to copyright, preservation, fund-raising, distance education and assessment. It was a very productive meeting.

--Hannelore Rader