January 14, 2009
Dear friends and colleagues,
As you know, we are developing a new service model for the Library & Information Science Library. The COMM-LISS team submitted an interim report with a set of recommendations in November. The University Library's Executive Committee reviewed the report in December and asked the team to move ahead with an implementation plan, which is now close to being finalized. We want to share the broad outlines of the coming changes with you now.
You may recall that the Library's Budget Group Plus recommended merging the LIS Library into the
Communications Library to create a "Media and Information Studies" library. After further
study by the COMM-LISS team, it was decided that the two libraries will pursue new service models
independently. For more details, please read the interim report [
pdf ] and
other documents generated by the team.
A great many people have contributed to the planning, including members of the COMM-LISS team (Katie Newman, Sue Searing, Lori Miller, Lisa Romero, Linda Smith, Brant Houston, and JoAnn Jacoby). We thank everyone who submitted written feedback, spoke up at forums, completed surveys, circulated petitions, etc. As we move into the implementation phase, we ask for your continued support.
During spring semester, the LIS Library will remain open as a full-service departmental library. However, work is already underway to facilitate the transition, and these activities will accelerate in the coming months. We ask for your patience and cooperation as we ready the collections for transfer and dedicate time to developing virtual content and services.
Paula Kaufman, Dean of Libraries
Sue Searing, Library & Information Science Librarian