The end of another academic year, sigh. For those students graduating it is the end of a chapter in life; for faculty it is a mix of relief, exhaustion, and freedom (at least for a few months); and for the staff of the Cofrin Library it is time to gear up because it is project time!
Over the summer months the Library staff will be busy making changes to services, spaces, and staffing. When you return in the fall we hope to have a number of new things for you. First, we will have some new staff in Instruction, Library Technology and Archives. While we are still in the process of hiring for the last two areas we have already hired a new Instruction Librarian, Rebekah Vrabel, who will begin June 16. If you are interested including a library instruction session or information literacy component into your courses this fall, be sure to contact Rebekah as soon as possible. We have a lots of options for you.
We are pleased to announce that the Library will be offering 3-D printing services starting in fall. A 3-D printer was purchased with Lab Mod funds and will be installed on the 3rd floor of the Library sometime this summer. More details will be coming soon.
As we work through all of the data collected from the LibQual survey conducted this past April, we will be making modifications to our services to meet user demands and expectations. Watch for further announcements from us in August.
The Library staff completed a space assessment project this past year, which has provided us with a lot of good data that will help us to improve the public spaces we offer. Students are very interested in having a floors designated for group study versus private/quiet study. To meet these needs we are making a purchase of some furniture to improve a few areas that will encourage one type of study over the other.
The most time consuming project is one that is behind the scenes, the UW System Libraries over the next 9 months will be implementing a new Library Services Platform (LSP). An LSP is the system that the librarians use for our workflow. It is what allows us to catalog, track, maintain, and lend our collection. This new system (Alma) is the “backend sibling” of the Search@UW product we launched last year. The system will allow us to change many of our workflow processes freeing up staff time to work on other projects and priorities to meet user needs.
These are just a few of the many things that will be keeping your Cofrin Library staff busy this summer. We hope you all have a restful summer and we will see you in the fall.