In Fall 2008, a planning team composed of Library faculty and staff from an array of Library units directly involved in providing services in support of international and area studies programs on campus, as well as faculty members from two of the liaison National Resource Centers (Title VI), was convened to continue earlier discussions about how to best support both international and area studies. The Team agreed that a new unit called the International and Area Studies (IAS) Library should be established. The vision outlined by this team indicated that the resulting unit should serve as the University's gateway to the world of information and scholarship about international, global, and area studies. This new service point should build upon and enhance the excellence of the University Library's existing services, promote opportunities for collaboration and coordination among all programs in the Library supporting the study of the world and its regions, and provide a single physical service point and web presence for library users who may need to draw upon various library collections (including relevant resources that may continue to be managed by other units, e.g., international documents, newspapers and maps) and upon the expertise of librarians supporting international and area studies. As such, the proposed service point would connect the knowledge that is crucial to developing global competencies through the study of global concerns and transnational issues as well as the study of distinct nations and regions. In their final report, the team recommended that a smaller implementation team be charged to pursue the integration of existing Library units serving international and area studies programs into an IAS Library that supports the vision outlined by the International and Area Studies New Service Model Team.
The Implementation Team now being charged is being asked to plan for the establishment of this new unit. The service program implemented should be grounded in the Library's ongoing commitment to developing rich collections of international materials and to providing access to subject specialists who support the use of those materials. Because of the Library's commitment to retain, for the immediate future, the current location of its Office of Advancement and Public Affairs (a space earlier identified as suitable for a new IAS unit), the International and Area Studies Library will instead be located on the Main Library's 3 rd floor.
The International and Area Studies Implementation Team (IASIT) is charged with developing a service profile, a space program, and an implementation plan for the University Library's International and area studies activities. This team is expected to build upon the work of the Library's previous International and Area Studies New Service Model Team. The IASIT will:
The group should produce a report for the University Library by March 19, 2010.
Faculty from relevant units
Submitted to the Executive Committee for consideration: August 2009
Approved by the Executive Committee: September 3, 2009