Welcome from Dean Olivia Madison

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14-Aug-2013 Newsletter article

Welcome to academic year 2013-14 and our first newsletter of the academic year! I am delighted to share with you the latest happenings in the Iowa State University Library. As always, we are looking forward to an exciting new academic year and the opportunities and challenges that increased campus population will bring.

The University Library is hub of activity on campus and a highly used physical facility with over 1.8 million visitors last year. This is no surprise as according to our fall 2012 user survey, 80% of our undergraduates and 65% of our graduate and professional students report that they use the library daily, weekly or monthly. I am pleased to announce that with financial support of the university, starting Aug. 26, Parks Library hours will extend to 7:30 a.m. - 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 - 5 p.m. Sunday (12:30 p.m. - 2 a.m. starting Sept. 8). See the Library Hours link on the e-Library. The renovation (with new seating, carpeting and lighting) of Third Floor is complete, and a parallel renovation for the Second Floor has begun. We have installed the latest technology support for collaborative learning in the Learning Connections Center and in Classroom 32. Finally, we are just completing a recarpeting project for the Periodical Room and Upper Rotunda in the 1924 historical building as part of a permanent rotating art installation with University Museums - a formal announcement is forthcoming.

Our research collections and support in the e-Library continues to expand dramatically. With a combination of state and donor funds, we added 12 major e-journal backfiles and two ebook back runs. With the April 2012 launch of our Digital Repository (DR), we have exponentially increased the number of our virtual visitors through global Internet access to its content - with over 600,000 downloads. The DR includes almost 9,000 works of scholarship and research (including theses/dissertations) by our faculty, students and staffs. Shortly we will have all of our historical dissertations (1916-2007) accessible in the DR as a result of a major digitizing project. The DR assists researchers with grants to meet federal agency mandates to make grant-based scholarship publically available. The repository provides strong author-centric services and provides monthly download reports to authors as to usage of their scholarship. To learn more about the Digital Repository and how it can benefit you in extending your research internationally, contact Harrison Inefuku, our DR Coordinator, at or call 4-3180.

The goal of our newsletter is to inform you of library news, services, new research tools, instruction opportunities, and future events. We want you to get to know our librarians and staff, and learn how they can assist you with your teaching, research, and extension/outreach. We welcome your feedback in assisting us to support your academic endeavors. We have a lot to offer and appreciate your continued support.

If you have any suggestions or ideas about the library collections programs and services, please don't hesitate to contact me at or Dr. Peter Reilly, Distinguished Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, who serves as the chair of your Library Advisory Committee at We hope you enjoy Your Library - Newsletter and have a great year!


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Olivia M. A. Madison
Dean of the Library

Iowa State University

University Library, Ames, Iowa 50011, Email Webmaster
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