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September 11, 2006

Staff Feedback on R2 Final Report

We have included two statements that we hope will guide discussions regarding the R2 final report. The first is the University Library¹s mission statement. The second is a number of statements drawn from different parts of the Library¹s FY07 budget document. We hope that staff will feel comfortable sharing any reaction to the R2 final report, and that you will in turn pass these on to us, but also want to encourage you to focus your discussions in such a way that you can highlight issues of significant concern. We imagine these issues to be ones that would impede us in our ability to accomplish our mission.

University Library Mission Statement

The University Library's mission is to support, enhance, and collaborate in the instructional, research, and service activities of the faculty, students, and staff, and contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge. This mission is accomplished through the provision of the various collections and programs available to patrons of the library system.

From the FY07 budget document

* The convergence of technology, opportunity and a strong sense of purpose has expanded library¹s understanding of how to share our expertise and provide broad access to information.
* The Library¹s role in scholarship is not limited to finding information it is also about supporting the scholarly process of transforming information into knowledge.
* We have sought to create dynamic new services that meet emerging needs on campus.
* We have concluded that we must shift to support new modes of interaction with our users at same time we have continued to serve our traditional constituencies through established modes of library interaction, acquiring and processing more volumes this year than in year¹s past.
* We need to create new efficiencies in a number of traditional library activities, particularly in handling print books and journals.

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At the next Area Programs Staff meeting (28 September), we can discuss our response and begin to draft our response for submission to the Library administration. Our response is due by 18 October.

Posted by jrodgers at September 11, 2006 02:45 PM

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