FACULTY LIBRARY COMMITTEE
ANNUAL REPORT, 2002-2003
The Faculty Library committee had an eventful year, partially due to
many new members (three students!) with many new ideas, the impetus of
the push for a Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Elon and the follow-up of the
SAC?s accreditation visit last Spring.
Expansion of library hours, first by opening earlier in the morning and,
later in the academic year, by having the 1st floor open 24 hours Sunday
through Thursday, happened this year. This change was advocated by the
students and SGA and has been well received and is running reasonably smoothly.
The video project sponsored by SGA was completed in the Fall.
A new program for collection assessment has been put into place and linked
with the outside review process for each academic department.
Space issues in the Library are a continuing concern. The Writing and Tutoring
Center are getting outside help to better design the center but that does
not end the space problems. Discussion and research continues on how to
alleviate lack of space problems. Moving departments out of the library,
increasing the use of compact shelving and using Elon West to store low
usage materials are all under consideration.
The campus as a whole is interested in having the best library possible
and so the Library Committee sponsored a Numen Lumen session in February
entitled, ?How Can We Have a Library of Excellence?? Attendance at this
meeting and subsequent meetings held by President Lambert with various
faculty groups has been very good. PBK considerations are at the top of
the list with an increase in total volumes and additional electronic resources
getting the most attention. Library professional staff is needed to assist
academic departments in identifying the volumes necessary for their respective
disciplines. In order to bring that about, additional library support staff
is needed. The committee has encouraged this and it has recently been approved
by the Provost.
The Committee has allocated library budget to the various departments based
on the usual formula but has also had the delightful task of allocating
additional special expenditures. We have approved funding for new journals
and electronic indexes, increased book funds, a new allocation for the
MBA program and the establishment of a grant program where departments
can submit proposals for increased library resource funds.
We said goodbye to librarian Laura West and hello to librarian Dianne Ford.
We sadly prepare for the retirement of Terri Kirchen and have representation
on the search committee for the new non-print librarian.
Business carrying over to the 2003-2004 academic year includes discussions
with departments concerning the desirability of the departmental library
representative system (or perhaps some new system) and the grant program
Laurin Kier, Chairperson
Return to the 2003 Spring Report