Library Committee
Annual Report, 2011-2012

The Library Committee met three times this year.

The first meeting was on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. The agenda included: the annual report of the Library Committee from May 2011; library highlights for 2010 – 2011; library materials budget and expenditures for 2010 – 2011; comparison of electronic resource purchases to other resources; purchases for 2010-2011; departmental appropriations based upon 3-year Average for 2011-2012; projected one-time and recurring appropriations, 2011-2012. Discussion ensued about the new library search engine called “The Search”, about outreach programs, about the weeding of the Science Library Remote Storage collection; and the likely arrival of Einstein’s Bagels at the Duke Library building.

A lively discussion was held about the article, “News: What Students Don’t Know” which appeared in The thrust of the article is that students don’t know how to do effective searches for information, that they rely too much on Google, that they use Google ineffectively, that they are reluctant to consult reference librarians, and that professors are largely ignorant of this problem.

The second library committee meeting was on November 4, 2011. The sole item on the agenda was the new library personnel reorganization. The organizational structure changed significantly in January. Janis Bandelin, library director, explained the justification and the implementation of the reorganization.

The third Library Committee meeting was April 10, 2012. The library study spaces were allocated to faculty who had applied for them for the summer.

Janis Bandelin discussed the on-going reorganization of the library, which includes the search for the Assistant Director for Outreach Services. A survey was sent out in February to gauge patron satisfaction with library resources, services and facilities. The results will be assessed this summer and shared with the university community. The library is in the process of digitizing the paintings of Peter Wexler, a New York artist. Contacts have been made between the Furman Library and the Upcountry History Museum. The Science Library will be the new 24-hour study area, now that Einstein’s Bagels has taken that space in the main library building. The library will be starting a newsletter next year.

Another lively discussion was held about the article, “Campus Libraries 2.0” which appeared in eCampus News. The subtitle goes to the heart of the matter: “College librarians gravitate to social media in a fight for relevancy.” Jenny Colvin (Assistant Director for Outreach Services) discussed various tactics that the Furman Library was currently using in order “to meet the students where they are”. These include a library presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. It is possible to send library information to students’ cell phones as a text message. Also, reference librarians are on line, ready to respond to students’ queries.

The Chair would like to thank the members of the Library Committee members for their participation during the past year: David Fleming (Political Science); Janet Kwami (Communication Studies); Tamara Matthews (Music); Marion McHugh, (Business and Accounting); Jeff Petty (Chemistry); Margaret Dubose (student); Ayna Hollingsworth (student); Janis Bandelin (Director of Libraries); Marianne Pierce (ex-officio, Senior Associate Dean of the Faculty).

Respectfully submitted,
David Spear Chair

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