WASC Review--the results are in!
On October 13-15, 2003, many of you participated in meetings with
the Team of distinguished librarians named to carry out the WASC
Review of the Libraries. Your involvement ensured that the Visiting
Team gained a greater understanding of the challenges the Libraries
face and of the complexities inherent in our operations. Thank
you for your time and for your candid comments to the Team!
In late December, Claremont University Consortium received the
Final Report of the Team. At the root of many of the Team’s
recommendations and suggestions is the need for integration of
the Libraries into the academic programs and life of the colleges.
This integration involves engagement, governance, communication,
leadership, and assessment issues that will be broadly discussed
at the highest administrative levels within The Colleges. In addition,
Library Council, comprised of faculty from each of The Claremont
Colleges, will review the Report and work with the Libraries to
further the excellent work of the Team and the Self Study Steering
Among the most urgent issues in the Report of the Visiting Team
is the creation of a Claremont Colleges Digital Library (CCDL).
Reporting that “The Claremont Colleges lag behind their peer
institutions in this effort,” the Team continues, “but
with the start made, additional funding, and a commitment on the
part of all of The Colleges, they can catch up if they continue
their hard work.” As noted, important work on a digital library
has already taken place. It includes “Developing The Claremont
Colleges Digital Library: Challenges for the CCDL,” (http://libraries.claremont.edu/selfstudy/diglib6.html)
written as a reflective essay for the WASC Self Study. Subsequent
to this work, a Task Force, comprised of staff from across the
colleges and chaired by Kenneth Pflueger, Chief Information Officer
for Pomona College, has prepared a detailed report outlining steps
that need to be taken toward establishing a Claremont Colleges
Digital Library. We expect that the working group recommended by
the Task Force will soon be established to continue this work.
During this semester, you will be hearing more about the Report
of the Team and about progress toward establishing a Claremont
Colleges Digital Library. As always, we look forward to your involvement
in and support of initiatives designed to enhance Libraries services
and resources provided for teaching and research.
Director of Libraries