|ISSUE NO. 71||JANUARY 1999|
The North Carolina State Legislature, in its longest running session ever, appropriated $9.3 million
to renovate the interior of the 30-year-old R. B. House Undergraduate Library. A campaign
is also underway to raise $5 million for furnishings, equipment, and an endowment to
support Undergraduate Library services. Much of the architectural planning has been completed as
well as plans to relocate services during the construction, which is expected to take two years.
Some of the services (Reserve and Circulation) and most of the staff will operate from Davis Library, (100 yards from the House Library) while the book collection, Nonprint services, and some staff will be located in Wilson Library (25 yards in ther other direction).
The most time-consuming job for UL librarians now is to weed the collection. We will remove from the collection most books that have not circulated more than one time in the last five years. The collection now stands at 148,000 volumes. When we move back into the House Library in 2001, we will have a collection of approximately 60,000 volumes. The process of withdrawing those books or transferring them from the UL collection to other libraries will begin in January 1999 with a special project team from the Catalog Department, and will probably continue after we have vacated the building, which we expect will happen in August 1999.
The greatest creative challenge is to plan the programs that will shape the future of services to Undergraduates into the next century. The renovation, as well as the upcoming Carolina Computing Inititiative, which will require all incoming students to own an Intel-based laptop computer, both provide opportunities that should promote the success of a well-integrated information literacy program. A Task Force on Information Literacy, whose final report is due in early 1999, will outline recommendations that will lead us toward this goal.