Library Committee
Annual Report, 2009-2010

Bing Vick, chair (music)
Ray Moss (Health and Exercise Science)
Paul Kooistra (Sociology)
Lon Knight (chemistry)
Bill Prince (Modern Languages and Literature)
Michael McPhee (student)
Lindsey Moye (student)
Janis Bandelin , Director of Libraries, ex officio
John Beckford, Dean of Faculty, ex officio

The Library Committee met in October and February.

At the October meeting, the materials budget was discussed and approved and Scholar Studies were assigned. At the February meeting, there was considerable discussion concerning the pending proposal from the Policies and Procedures Committee that the faculty constitution be amended to limit the voting members of the faculty, effectively disenfranchising library faculty.

Overview from Director of Libraries, Janis Bandelin
Some highlights from the 2009 – 2010 academic year include:

·   Several hundred of the libraries print journals were converted to electronic journals. The default format for acquiring new journals is now the e-journal format. (Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.)

·   The Philosophy Department elected to make e-books their preferred format and began receiving approval plan books in electronic format.

·   E-journal records were loaded into the online catalog including those found in the [ ]DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals). This greatly enhances the discovery capabilities of the online catalog and improves access to electronic journals.  

·   The Music Library will be adding new furniture which will improve student study space.

·   A committee has been exploring products which would enhance the information search and discovery experience for students, faculty and staff.  WorldCat Local, one such product, has been in a “trial phase” for most of the academic year.

·   Ongoing funding for the [ ]Digicenter was approved.

·   The library purchased several Kindles (e-reader devices) and conducted a trial in the fall which included library faculty, staff and several faculty members. During spring term, Kindles were loaned to students and faculty.

·   A new library homepage was launched which included a FULIB (Furman University Libraries) News blog.

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