May was another very busy month for library faculty and staff trying to deal with the end of the academic year and with the preparation for the summer terms. Many changes are occurring in Ekstrom Library. The Delphi Center for faculty development will move to the second floor soon. The Writing Center will eventually be on the third floor and the carpet will be replaced on the first floor very soon.
Discussions are ongoing regarding budget planning for the next biennium. The fourteen-member Blue Ribbon Commission has finalized its report to President Shumaker. The President is now receiving feedback through email. (See http://www.louisville.edu/president/challenge/ for more information.) Recommendations have been finalized for faculty and staff salaries in terms of merit and upgrading to levels in comparable institutions. These recommendations still need approval from the Administration.
I have been meeting with most of the deans and their appropriate library directors to discuss collection profiles and integrating information literacy into the curriculum. These discussions have been most productive.
Recently, I spent two days in Canada at Western Ontario University where I gave the keynote address at the 29th Workshop on Instruction in Library Use with the theme "Literacy for the Infolennium." Two hundred participants discussed various aspects of integrating information literacy into the academic curriculum. It was a most successful experience.
On May 21 and 22 I participated in the Kentucky Virtual University conference "The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning." More than 300 faculty and administrators from Kentucky, including 27 from UofL participated in this faculty development experience to help gain information regarding distance education and teaching electronically. I gave a workshop on information literacy standards and many persons were very interested in this.
On May 23 I gave a seminar on information literacy, its history, development, current trends and future to the LIS 609 Current Problems class in Library and Information Science at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. It was interesting to note that those students who are working in various types of libraries reported that they have to do much more teaching and training of users than previously.
I was invited to attend the annual meeting of the Woodcock Honor Society. As usual it was a wonderful gathering of honor students who had been invited to join this prestigious organization. On behalf of the Libraries I accepted their annual donation to the Woodcock Endowment to acquire library materials for honor students.
--Hannelore Rader, University Librarian