I want to thank the branch librarians for the opportunity to join them at their meeting this week. I really enjoy hearing first-hand about the initiatives underway throughout UK Libraries. Our branch libraries have been going through major transitions the past several years but remain essential to the overall mission of UK Libraries. Reducing and consolidating branch libraries are allowing the remaining libraries to provide more expanded service and a reduced cost. For those academic areas within the university without a branch library, our academic liaisons continue to play a key role in assuring that we are providing the collections and the service that our students and faculty need across the campus.
This week I also had the opportunity to attend the UKIT Cyber Infrastructure Symposium. UK recently received a grant to significantly enhance the university’s high-performance computing capacity. UKIT is an important partner with UK Libraries as we work together to provide students and faculty the latest technology for accessing the information they need. We are planning for the preservation of, and access to, the incredible amount of data generated daily by UK faculty and students during the course of their research.
The University Senate Library Committee has been charged with assessing open access issues at the University of Kentucky. We have several initiatives underway at UK Libraries, including UKnowledge, to help UK faculty move toward adoption of an open access policy.
Just last week the faculty at Georgia Tech University overwhelmingly voted to adopt an Open Access policy. The new policy takes effect Jan 1, 2013 and can be found here: