my Fall 2002
Connections column, I wrote about the External Review of the Libraries
to be conducted under the auspices of the Western Association of Schools
and Colleges (WASC). The Visiting Team, comprised of five distinguished
librarians, is scheduled to visit Claremont on October 13-15, 2003.
This is not a review for accreditation because the Claremont University
Consortium, of which the Libraries is a unit, is not a degree-granting
institution and thus not eligible for accreditation. However, the
Visiting Team Report may be appropriate for documentation for future
accreditation visits to The Colleges.
In the last several months, a Self Study Steering Committee chaired
by Alberta Walker, Associate Director of Libraries, has been hard
at work preparing for this visit. As a first step, they documented
our capacity for providing services and resources that meet your
needs. Additionally, the Committee, with assistance from faculty
and others, produced reflective essays on the topics we regard as
critical to the future of the Libraries. Drawn from our Strategic
Plan, these essays address four topics-collaborating with faculty
to enhance student learning; developing our collections, with an
emphasis on journals; preparing for further development of a Claremont
digital library; and using our library spaces.
The capacity study and the four essays along with supporting documentation
are presented in a web portfolio developed by the Self Study Team.
You can review the portfolio at http://libraries.claremont.edu/selfstudy.
In addition, we will provide opportunities for members of The Claremont
Colleges community to meet and talk with members of the Team. As
planning for the Visit proceeds, we will keep you apprised of the
Visiting Team's schedule.
Writing the Self Study has been a learning experience for us, and
we expect to learn even more from the Report of the Visiting Team.
Even if you are not involved in the Visit, I hope that you will
take the opportunity to send me any comments you may have on the
Self Study. Information we continue to gather through this process
and afterward will be used to make any necessary improvements to
our resources and services. Furthermore, what we learn will have
a major impact on the reformulation of our Strategic Plan. That
new Plan will shape the future of library services, traditional
and digital, for the next several years. We look forward to your
response to the Self Study documents and to other comments you may
have that will assist us in our efforts to ensure that we provide
the best possible resources and services to The Claremont Colleges
Director of Libraries