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Dean's Message: Fall 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Welcome to KU Libraries!

I want to extend a warm welcome to all our new arrivals on campus, students as well as faculty and staff (and for everyone else, welcome back). We’re glad you’re here, and look forward to working with you on your learning, teaching and research at the University of Kansas.

If you are new to campus and the Libraries, I encourage you to tour one of our seven locations on the KU campus. Tour schedules and details about how to request a tour (including tours in selected languages) are online.

I have many exciting developments to report this fall.

First, the Learning Studio at Anschutz Library is now open for business. We recently invited the entire campus to a grand opening there, and welcomed about 600 visitors to that event. I encourage you all to come in anytime, explore the new space and talk to the staff who will be providing services there, both from KU Libraries and our partner organizations, including Student Success and KU Information Technology. We will continue to expand services and improve the facilities and equipment there in the coming year, to bring students the services and resources they need most right where they do most of their academic work.

The Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) has launched a new website where KU researchers can access essential services such as consultation for scholarly communication, open access and KU ScholarWorks; research assistance for data, statistical analysis and GIS; digital publishing and more. Our digital repository, KU Scholarworks, has again moved up in the rankings of world Institutional Repositories, and is now ranked 14th in the U.S. and 62nd worldwide.

None of these efforts would be possible without a tremendous amount of collaboration between the Libraries and our partners. The Learning Studio, for example, would not be possible without a mix of public and private funding, including funds donated to the Libraries through the KU Endowment Association’s annual Parents’ Campaign. It is the work of a cross-campus team including the Libraries, Student Success, KU Information Technology and KU Dining. Our most important collaboration has been with the KU students who responded to our calls for feedback, telling us what they need and want in an optimal learning environment.

We’d like you to stay in touch with us. For official news and announcements from KU Libraries, visit us here on the web. For notice of upcoming events, new library resources, and some just-for-fun items, visit us on Facebook and Twitter. You can find quick video tips on how to use our essential services on our YouTube channel.

To tell us what we can do to serve you better, you can contact my office directly at 785-864-4711, via email at or fill out the comments form.

Best of luck in your studies and work at KU this year.

lorraine j. haricombe

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