The following proposals represent service program changes that may be completed within the three-year planning window represented by this report, if provided with appropriate financial and human resources, and subject to additional considerations. Owing to the need to stage projects for most effective use of resources and facilities, the recommendations in this section are presented, roughly, in the order suggested for implementation.
As a land-grant library and a participant in the Federal Depository Library Program and other bodies’ depository plans, the University Library has a commitment to collect and preserve government information, as well as to design service programs that allow faculty, staff, students, and members of the community to access and make effective use of government information. In order to ensure continued excellence in the care of government information collections and the provision of government information services, the Budget Group Plus recommends pursuing a staged approach to integrating government information service programs into broader service programs and initiatives of the University Library. Pursuant to Proposal No. 10, the Budget Group Plus recommends that technical service operations in the Government Documents Library consolidate with complementary Central Technical Services operations. Further, the Budget Group Plus recommends that faculty and staff in the Government Documents Library and Central Reference Service collaborate to establish a shared service point that will facilitate robust staffing of one of our key information service areas while providing the flexibility necessary to support a full range of service programs, including ready reference service, digital reference service, instructional services, research consultation, and public engagement.
Inquiry in the fields of Communications Studies and Library & Information Science (LIS) routinely requires use of materials housed in a variety of locations. This reflects both the broadly interdisciplinary nature of research and teaching in these fields, as well as the limitations of current Library spaces. Recognizing these limitations, as well as the projected expansion in the undergraduate programs both of the College of Media and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Budget Group Plus recommends combining the collections and service programs of the Communications Library and the LIS Library to create a “Media & Information Studies Library” that will bring together complementary resources in a space that may continue to provide robust support for students and scholars in the constituent disciplines.
The limitations of the current Classics Library space have long been known, and its current space is not suitable either for the long-term maintenance of collections or for the provision of public services. In support of the long-term goal of re-locating public service units from the 4 th floor to more heavily trafficked locations closer to the building entrances, and taking the opportunity provided by the creation of the “Media & Information Studies Library,” the Budget Group Plus recommends re-locating the Classics Library to 306 Library. This new location will also be more amenable to students and scholars who routinely make use both of materials housed in Classics and materials housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library (346 Library) in support of inquiry in the fields of Classics and Medieval Studies.
The English Library and the Modern Languages and Linguistics Library provide complementary collections and expertise in areas related to the study of world languages, literatures, and linguistics. Likewise complementary are certain collections and services of the Latin American & Caribbean Library, which, like Modern Languages & Linguistics, collects materials published in languages such as Spanish and Portuguese. The Budget Group Plus recommends combining the complementary collection and service programs of the English Library, the Modern Languages & Linguistics Library, and the Latin American & Caribbean Library to create a “Languages and Linguistics Library” that will provide a robust service point focused on resources related to the study of languages, literatures, and cultures, and that will build on pre-existing collaborations between the faculty currently housed in the English, Modern Languages & Linguistics, and Latin American & Caribbean libraries.
The Area Studies represent a historic area of strength, both in collections and public service, for the University Library, and the Library’s area studies faculty and staff provide complementary services to campus units and across campus units. Access to many of those collections and services, however, is limited by the demands involved in operating multiple area studies units within the Main Library facility. Recognizing both the strengths and the limitations of the current model, the Budget Group Plus recommends establishing an “Area and International Studies Library” that will provide a robust service point focused on resources related to the study of defined regions of the world and allow for more effective integration of resources collected in vernacular languages into broader service programs. The Budget Group Plus recommends establishing this unit in the co-located space of 321 Library (to house the collections and services currently housed in the Slavic & East European Library and Africana Library Unit, as well as complementary collections and programs of the current Latin American & Caribbean Library) and 325 Library (to remain the Asian Library). Finally, pursuant to Proposal No. 10, the Budget Group Plus recommends that technical service operations in the area studies units consolidate with complementary Central Technical Services operations.
The limitations of the current Illinois History and Lincoln Collections space have been noted more than once. In support of the long-term goal of re-locating public service units from the 4 th floor to more heavily trafficked locations closer to the building entrances, and taking the opportunity provided by the creation of the “Languages & Linguistics Library,” the Budget Group Plus recommends re-locating the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections to 324 Library. This new location will also be more amenable to students and scholars who routinely make use of rare books and primary-source materials housed in IHLC and in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library (346 Library) to pursue inquiry into Illinois History and Lincoln Studies. The Budget Group Plus recommends, further, that print materials currently housed in IHLC that are neither rare books, nor manuscript materials, be transferred to circulating collections in order to improve access and provide for more effective coordination of complementary acquisitions programs. Finally, the Budget Group Plus recommends that, concurrent with this re-location, faculty and staff in the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections dedicate substantial effort to improving access to print, microformat, and manuscript materials through established discovery tools, and develop a Web portal to Illinois History and Lincoln Studies. Together with the re-location of the Classics Library, pursuing this proposal will establish a robust set of complementary service points supporting the interdisciplinary study of the Humanities within the Main Library.
Demands for space in the Natural History Building following the establishment of the School of Earth, Society, and the Environment and a planned NHB renovation project have led to discussions of re-integrating the Geology and Biology libraries as a means of providing effective support to interdisciplinary teaching and research activities across these disciplines. The Budget Group Plus recommends combining the collection and service programs of the Geology Library and the Biology Library to create an “Earth and Life Sciences Library” that will provide a robust service point focused on resources related to the study of constituent fields, as well as their scientific intersections, e.g., the connection between organisms and their environment. The Budget Group Plus recommends continuing to pursue these discussions in consultation with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences while also pursuing opportunities to provide consultation and teaching space for the Geology Librarian in the Natural History Building in collaboration with ATLAS.
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