Welcome from the Dean of Library Services Hilary Seo

Aug 11, 2021

On behalf of the faculty and staff at the Iowa State University Library, welcome to the 2021-2022 academic school year. For many, the start of a new semester, especially one as monumental as this, ignites enthusiasm for the journey that lies ahead. It sparks curiosity and renews creativity. It brings new opportunities to discover and challenges to tackle, and we – the faculty and staff of the library – remain committed to working alongside you each step of the way.

Last year brought significant changes to our library and, like many of you, we continued to create opportunities in a shifting landscape, specifically in the area of social innovation. As Cyclones return to campus, they can look forward to new library features and initiatives designed with their unique, holistic experiences in mind.

New collaborative spaces, such as our family-friendly room, are underway and will provide additional support for researchers and deepen our commitment to supporting the diverse needs of the campus community. In addition, The Link – our new digital scholarship lab – is under construction and will grant unique access to emerging research techniques and technology and serve as our physical hub for interdisciplinary collaboration, Open Access publishing, digital scholarship, and research data management. 

Efforts to advance Open Educational Resources (OER) are in full swing. Although we have helped students save over $500,000 in the past fiscal year alone, we continue to support the use of sustainable and affordable course content through initiatives such as The Regents OER Grant Program, which rewards up to $7,500 in funding to faculty and instructors and provides intensive training to further the development of open resources.

Tech Lending continues to make over 600 pieces of technology available to students, further reducing barriers to success and equipping them with the tools needed to thrive in a digital world. Last spring, we made the critical decision to take a more equitable approach to our practices by eliminating late fees for loaned equipment.

As always, we invite you to collaborate with our archivists, librarians, and all of our experts to further not just your research and coursework, but your pursuit of lifelong learning. For more information about your subject librarian or to jumpstart your library experience, visit instr.iastate.libguides.com/findyourlibrarian or contact us through our Live Chat service (located at the bottom right corner of our home page).

Thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to the possibilities you discover alongside the University Library.

Hilary Seo
Dean of Library Services