| “In my Spring 2004 column, I reported the results of the special WASC visit to the Libraries in October 2003, and thanked you for your participation in that review. One special emphasis of the WASC Team Report was the need for a focus on creating the Claremont Colleges Digital Library. On page 2 in this issue, you will hear more about digital libraries from Pat Vince, our Digital Initiatives Librarian, who was appointed in August.
Another emphasis of the WASC Team Report was the necessity for better integration of the Libraries with the academic programs at The Colleges. The Academic Deans and I have been working on initiatives designed with that need in mind. The subject-focused meetings of faculty and librarians begun last spring and continuing this fall are a tangible and successful result of our work.
Most exciting, however, is the prospect of opportunities offered by a grant to Claremont University Consortium by the Mellon Foundation. This grant, “Engaging Faculty in the New Academic Library,” provides funds for teams of faculty, deans, and librarians to visit exemplary libraries to learn about collaborative activities between these libraries and the academic programs they support. Additional funds will be used to bring consultants to Claremont to engage faculty, students, administrators, and librarians in conversations about future directions for academic libraries. An expected outcome of these grant activities is a written report that will be submitted to the Academic Deans and the Council of Presidents summarizing findings and recommendations from the visits and consultations. This report will then become the basis for a new Strategic Plan that will guide the development of library services and resources for the next half-decade in Claremont.
I look forward to faculty participation in grant activities during this academic year. As with the WASC review, your contributions to this planning process will make a difference in our ability to fulfill the mission of the Libraries to support and enhance learning, teaching, and research at The Colleges.
Director of Libraries