Welcome from Dean of Library Services Beth McNeil

Aug 09, 2017

Welcome back to the Iowa State University Library and academic year 2017-18.

Each day at the ISU Library, you will find expert librarians and staff who are ready to assist. Our excellent collections and services are readily available to everyone at our facilities and online. In keeping with the American Library Association, Library Bill of Rights, we are steadfast in our efforts to offer users a vibrant and inclusive culture that honors diversity and intellectual freedom.

A lot has happened this summer. The final report from the space feasibility study presents in great detail (6 phases), what is possible with our goals for Parks Library. Planning is currently underway for Phase 1, renovation of 57-year-old restrooms throughout the building. Addressing HVAC issues will follow and pave the way for phases 3-6, while adding square footage for student amenities.

A new library website homepage has been under construction and will be unveiled on Aug. 14. Please take some time to search and then tell us what you think. The goal for the new layout is to streamline discovery of materials, resources and services.

Thank you to all faculty members who provided thoughts and input with regard to the 2018 journal cancellation, required due to title inflation and campus budget challenges. We have reached the necessary total. Please contact liaison librarians with questions. Your continued patience and assistance is appreciated, as additional challenges are likely in the coming years.

We hope you will find time to stop by and say hello, and while you are here, visit the current exhibition in Special Collections and University Archives. "This movement for a more beautiful Iowa": The Early Years of Iowa's State Park System is open on the 4th floor of Parks Library through 2017. Coming in 2018, SCUA plans an exhibition about World War I.

I am sure I will meet many of you on campus, and feedback is always welcome. Please contact me by email or at 515-294-1443. Subject area inquiries may be directed to our liaison librarians. Additional questions may be sent to Curtis Brundy, associate university librarian for Scholarly Communication and Collections; Christine King, associate dean for Research and Instruction Services; Hilary Seo, associate dean for Curation Services; and Lisa Smith, head, Information Technology Services.