Library Committee
Annual Report, 2008-2009



Bing Vick, chair (Music)
Ray Moss (Health & Exercise Science)
David Spear (History)
Paul Kooistra (Sociology)
Bill Prince (Modern Languages and Literatures)
Samantha Donner, Student
Lindsay Shane, Student
John Beckford, Dean of Faculty, Ex-officio
Janis Bandelin Director of Libraries, Ex-officio

The Library Committee met regularly throughout the academic year (October, November, February, and March).

In October, (1) the materials budget was discussed and approved, (2) Scholar Studies were assigned, (3) there was lengthy discussion of PASCAL and the possibility of reduced state financial support and the resulting impact on library study at Furman, and (4) there was discussion and justification of “pay per view” materials.

In November, the primary item was a proposal from the Library staff to restructure the departmental budgets for library expenditures. There are two areas of budgeted funding:  (1) recurring expenditures (primarily journals and electronic materials), and (2) one-time expenditures (books and materials).   
(    “recurring expenditures”    Because of so many materials crossing academic disciplines, setting hard figures for each department has grown impossible. Rather than tracking budget amounts to specific departments, the proposal is to track (essentially the same total funds) to areas of academic interest (Humanities, Fine Arts, Sciences, etc.).

THIS PROPOSAL WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE LIBRARY COMMITTEE  (November 17)

In February (two separate meetings), the primary discussion was concerning one-time expenditures (books, DVDs, etc.). (The proposal would do away with “formula driven” funding in favor of allocating funds each year according to several factors including: (1) previous year’s expenditures, (2) any new courses added to that department requiring greater library resources, and (3) special circumstances of a department for the year.

THIS PROPOSAL WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE LIBRARY COMMITTEE (February 17, 2009)

Thanks to Pongracz Sennyey, Associate Director of Libraries, Betty Kelly, Collection Development Librarian, and Cris Ferguson, Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian for their work in developing the proposal.

Overview from Director of Libraries, Janis Bandelin

Some of the highlights of the 2008-2009 academic year include the following:
·    The Science Library, which opened in October, is a beautiful facility—warm and inviting as well as functional, and has adopted an innovative model for the collaborative use of technology.

·    As part of the new curriculum, public services librarians collaborated with faculty to teach information fluency to students in the First Year Writing Seminars. For the first time, librarians were able to “reach” each first year student to help her/him develop skills in locating, evaluating and using information.

·    The DigiCenter has made significant progress in building a database of digital objects to enhance teaching and learning. Some of the departments that have benefitted from the DigiCenter include Art, Biology, Earth and Environmental Studies and History.

·    We are transitioning from print journals to electronic journals. The format of preference is now electronic; so many journal titles will no longer be available in print. (This change has been communicated to academic department representatives and chairs.)

·    We began a “Pay-Per-View” program which provides journal articles on demand from the Science Direct database. Journals that had low use (some, no use) and were expensive were cancelled. In return, faculty and students now have access to more than 2500 journal titles.

·    The Duke Library extended its hours until 2am during spring term midterms on a trial basis. The data indicated that a significant number of students used the library so; the library will remain open later during midterms on a regular basis.




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