Kletzer Announces New Library Planning Group

Since the renovations on Miller Library in 2014, both students and faculty have begun to rethink ways in which the library can improve and continue to support, as well as enhance, student education and research. In an email on October 6, 2015, Provost and Dean of Faculty Lori Kletzer announced the institution of a new library planning group, as per recommendation from the 2014-15 Library Committee.

Kletzer wrote, “The charge to this group is to develop an analysis of library programs and services needed to meet Colby’s educational mission and support academic and intellectual life on campus. I will be asking this group to fully consider all facets of the library that are needed to meet our teaching, learning, and scholarship mission, now and into the future, and to investigate the implications for the long-term space needs of the library.”

The planning study group is currently comprised of Vice President for Administration and CFO Doug Terp, Director of Colby Libraries ex officio Clem Guthro, Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Campus Planning Minakshi Amundsen, Assistant Director for Capital Planning and Constitution Kelly Doran, Associate Provost and Dean of Faculty Jim Sloat, two elected library faculty, and one member of the library staff. Kletzer will serve as Chair of the committee.

In addition to these members, Kletzer announced that an additional election will take place in order to add four faculty members to the planning group, one from each division. Lastly, committee members will meet with the Student Government Association (SGA) to elect two students to the planning group.

Once the planning group is fully formed, they will begin to form recommendations for the College on how to better the libraries, the ways in which students use these spaces, and how to approach incorporating the digital age into these tasks.

“Many college and university libraries are wrestling with questions about how to best support teaching, learning, and scholarship in today’s world. The digital age has introduced more than the debate between print and electronic sources—it also requires that we consider the role of librarians and library staff in managing access to the wealth of information on the Internet as well as the more traditional role of librarians in managing content,” Kletzer wrote.

More information about the planning group will surface once the committee is fully formed. To learn more about the improvements on Miller library as well as a report on the results of the 2014-15 Library Committee’s work, please visit http://www.colby.edu/provost/.



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