The Olive Tree
As we begin the Spring 2008 semester and hope that spring is around the corner
we welcome our returning students to the library. I expect a rewarding semester
for both the library staff and the University community as we work on the
projects that are underway and look for other opportunities. Every semester has
its own challenges and we hope to take advantage of all opportunities to make
the library a great resource for all of our users.
Some of the projects I described in the last newsletter are ongoing. Library staff worked on the results of the LibQual survey and will be making a presentation to the University Community this semester. We have completed the first draft of the library’s self study for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation and anticipate the practice review in April will go well. The scanning project is still one of our more exciting ventures, we have completed The Prism yearbook collection and the Maine Town Reports will soon be ready for users. The participation with Amazon is still developing and we now have some titles available for purchase.
This year the Library staff participated in an in-service day and brought experts to the library who spoke and led discussions on communication in the workplace and customer service. The Provost, Edna Szymanski, also attended and discussed the upcoming accreditation among other issues affecting the University and the Library. Some of the staff gave presentations on the various projects underway in the Library. The evaluations of the programs and the speakers were very favorable and the consensus was to hold another in-service day next year. The staff felt that the opportunities to learn together would help in their service to the users.
As you can see the staff are busy ensuring that our services and collections are the best possible for our users and we will continue to expand our collections and services to meet their needs.
We would love to have you visit us and see for yourself the services and resources we offer the students. Please let us know if you are planning to visit and I would be pleased to give you a tour of the library so you can meet the staff and see the changes we have made. I hope you are pleased with what we are doing and that you will continue to support us into the future. Thank you for your support.
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