Goodbye to Another Fiscal Year

Since becoming Dean of Library Services, I find that the ebb and flow of my job are more closely aligned with the beginning and end of the fiscal year than with the academic year. That being the case, this week is equivalent to finals week in my mind! Celebration is in order because next year’s budget is on the books!
Journal subscription cost inflation isn’t as high this year as it has been in the past, which has left us more funds to invest in online journals. We’re pleased to be adding a 3rd JSTOR collection this year as well as more e-books. Another area of cost increase seems to be for services such as bibliographic utilities, maintenance agreements, etc.

What are the rest of you spending your money on this year? Comment to this blog and I’ll try to summarize something coherent!


ARL Statistics

Well, the deadline is upon us. It’s time to enter your annual ARL statistics. I can hear the collective sigh raising up to the heavens. I share your pain! You probably won’t be hearing from me for a day or two while I put my nose to the grindstone. Last year I began collecting statistics in a new format that I think will give me the obscure bits of information I need to fill out either the ARL or the IPEDS stats without having to start from scratch each time. I’ll let you know how it goes! I really feel like protesting. Have a good evening!

Library 2.0 Mission Statement

In our library, we’ve been working on rewriting our strategic plan. Our new proposed mission statement is not bad. However, I came across this one today on the Library2.0 blog below and I think it’s rather good!

“The library should establish, promote, maintain and evaluate a range of quality services that support the institution’s mission and goals by positioning itself at the center of intellectual life and scholarly communication on campus and utilizing networked tools that are integral to its users’ information culture.”

Library 2.0: An Academic’s Perspective: Standards That Don’t Help Us – Yet

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a relaxing and restorative break; I certainly did and definitely felt ready to get back to work this week and tackle a whole host of projects! Which was a good thing, because that is what I seem to be doing. I’ve been in non-stop meetings since I got back, which partially explains why I haven’t been posting!

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to listen to a presentation via the Sirsi Dynix Institute. This is a great series of online seminars and I highly recommend them if you haven’t already taken advantage of one:

The one I participated in was about “Learning2.0”. I can hear you groaning already. “Another 2.0?” you are thinking. Well, you might like this one. According to the website, “Helene Blowers, Technology Director for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County shared insights and best practices around the creation of Learning 2.0, an online self-discovery program designed to encourage staff to explore new technologies (blogs, wikis, podcasts etc.) and reward them for “play.” This was a staff development program she created to help her very large staff learn more about Web2.0 technologies. Her philosophy was to encourage employees, within a guided 7 week framework, to explore new technologies on their own. The results were very positive and empowering for her staff. The best part is that other libraries are invited to make use of the materials she created for her program. Take a look at the presentation at

I promise to post more often, but only, as my colleague Jim Duncan says, when I have something “pithy” to say!