What’s New in the UofL Libraries – by Dean Fox

While summer is usually a slow time for most areas on campus, we have been busy in the University Libraries! Over the spring and summer, we hired a number of new faculty and staff to fill key positions. Some of these positions, with titles such as User Experience Librarian and Social Sciences Librarian, were newly created ones to fill areas of strategic need thus improving our outreach and services to students and faculty. Our most recent hire is for a new associate dean who has been tasked with taking an already good set of services and resources and helping us to innovatively move forward.

While we are happy to welcome these new colleagues, we say goodbye over the next year to 10 of our coworkers who will be leaving under the voluntary separation program. I’ve turned a plan in for how we will maintain our operations while we experience this significant loss and I’ll share the plan once it is approved by the Provost. As we are allowed to gradually refill these positions, I look forward to working with you to take a step back and redesign the positions to meet user’s needs going into the future.

Ekstrom Fourth Floor

Newly renovated quiet study in Ekstrom Library

In addition to a number of new faces, we’ve also been busy updating our physical spaces. New furniture is arriving at the Art Library while new student and shelving spaces are being crafted on the third floor of the Music Library. Archives and Special Collections celebrated the opening of the Pennington Gallery – a state-of-the-art space to house and display primary source documents. The Collaborative Learning Center on the first floor of the Ekstrom Library has been completely updated and, based on student input, we are making the final updates to the newly refurbished Ekstrom 4th floor quiet study area.

So, instead of a quiet summer, it has been a time of transformation and change for our staff and our spaces – stay tuned!

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