Saturday, October 23, 2010

Weekly Review

Asian Collections Grow at UK Libraries (From UK Asia Center Newsletter):

• With grant funding from the Japan Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education, and the support of UK Libraries, the collection of Asian materials in UK Libraries has been growing. Recent additions are in Japan Studies- literature, modern history, animated films, and manga, and Chinese Studies-literature, and early and modern history. In the year ahead, expect to see continued enhancements to collections and access through additional electronic resources, print materials, and an online research guide.

Provost Kumble Subbaswamy Will Speak at Monday’s Faculty Meeting:

• Provost Subbaswamy will offer an update on university administration initiatives at Monday’s faculty meeting. He will also take questions from the faculty.

Partner or Perish?

• We are all familiar with the phrase, “publish or perish.” At last week’s Association of Research Libraries’ meeting in D.C., I often heard the phrase, “partner or perish.”

• Library leaders nationally are concerned about the future funding for research libraries and are vigorously exploring ways to improve libraries even as financial support declines. One important way, of course, is to partner with other ARL libraries in important initiatives like preserving government documents. In addition, we must look to our library colleagues throughout the commonwealth to explore initiatives for working together to provide library resources to the students of Kentucky.

• But even as we look outside UK Libraries for partnerships, I challenge you to also look within our libraries to find new ways to work together to provide better service while reducing expenditures. I look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions.

Thanks to Beth Kraemer, Heath Martin and Mary Beth Thomson for their contributions to the Weekly Review.

Terry Birdwhistell
Dean of Libraries

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