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KU Libraries welcome new faculty, staff and students

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

KU Libraries are excited to welcome new and continuing students, faculty and staff to campus for the fall semester. We know this academic year promises great opportunities and success.

For some, this is your first semester as a Jayhawk. I, too, am newer to campus, entering my position as dean of the libraries in May. I look forward to beginning the first full academic year with you, and I encourage you to become acclimated with the libraries. KU Libraries faculty and staff are here to support you as scholars, teachers and community members.

As campus and our communities continue changing, KU Libraries are listening. We work hard for you, and when you’re at the libraries, you belong here.

I invite you to stop in to any one of our six branches on the Lawrence campus to learn more about how KU Libraries can help you success in your endeavors here at KU.

We are delighted to begin this semester with new resources, updated technology and re-configured spaces. We have provided a full list of updates; however, I’d like to share a brief snapshot of a few changes the libraries have undergone this summer:

  • Studio K, a quick-record studio designed to record presentations with a USB drive, is now open for use on the third floor of Watson Library.
  • KU Libraries have two Reflection Rooms, found in Watson 585 and Anschutz 320L, now open for student, faculty and staff use. The Reflection Rooms are available expressly for the purposes of reflection, meditation and prayer, regardless of faith or denomination.
  • Gender-inclusive restrooms are now available on the fifth floor of Watson and the south side of Anschutz’s second floor.
  • Watson Library has two new group study rooms, 300B and 300C, and has updated furniture to meet the diverse study needs of students.
  • Explore for more information on building hours and locations, a list of resources, and instructions to reserve Studio K and our study rooms.

In addition, the libraries continue offering research support, instruction consultations, and Ask A Librarian. We also house rotating exhibitions that showcase our renowned collections.

Now and throughout the semester, we hope you will reach out to us—we are happy to help.

You belong at KU Libraries, and I wish you a great semester. Rock chalk!

Kevin L. Smith 

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