Library Committee
Annual Report, 2004-05


For the 2004-05 academic year the Library Committee met two times.  At both meetings the committee received updates on library personnel, services, and resources.  At its November meeting the committee reviewed the momentous events surrounding the dedication of the newly renovated and enlarged Duke Library.  It was reported that a number of facilities were still being finished.  Dr. Bandelin explained the departmental allocations for books and periodicals and reported that eleven departments have joined the approval plan.  Most of the fall meeting was devoted to the allocation of scholar studies.  Nine requests were submitted and all requests were honored.

During its February meeting, the committee heard about continuing renovation issues, the proposed 4000 sq. ft. science library in the renovated Plyler Hall, and FASTWOG (Faculty Status Working Group), created to help librarians study their faculty status.  New resources were reported: PASCAL (Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries) was given $2 million in unclaimed lottery funds.  These funds will be invested in EBSCO databases with access to over 12,000 full-text articles.  These databases will be available to Furman at no cost and include:

    Academic Search Premier
    Business Source Premier
    MLA
    CINAHL
    Regional Business News
    Computer Source
    ERIC
    Clinical Pharmacology
    The Military and Government Collection

After conducting the above business, the committee took a tour of the new and renovated library facilities.  The April meeting was canceled because of unavoidable conflicts, and the two requests for summer scholar studies will be handled by email correspondence.  

The chair thanks the committee for their efforts, Ann Bryant for logistical support and Janis Bandelin and John Payne for their invaluable contributions to the committee’s work.  

Committee members are:  Judy Bell, Justin Cash, Trudy Fuller, Jim Leavell, Rich Letteri, Elaine Nocks, Bill Ranson, Janis Bandelin (ex-officio), Tom Kazee (ex-officio), John Payne (visitor).  

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Ranson, Chair

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