Thanks to all of you who came to the Strategic Planning kickoff meeting on February 2. The energy in the room and the many great ideas that were generated have started us off in grand fashion. We look forward to engaging everyone as the process unfolds. Please take advantage of the opportunities to participate, learn and connect. As a reminder, members of the Team Vision 2025 Task Force are Kate Carpenter, Sandy De Groote, Gwen Gregory, Linda Naru, Bob Sandusky and Andrea Smith. Don’t hesitate to share thoughts and ideas with them.
I did want to let you know that Bob Sandusky will be taking a six-month sabbatical beginning on February 16. Bob will be pursuing a research project on the notion of provenance in digital preservation. While he is away, Tracy Seneca will be Acting Associate University Librarian and Associate Dean for Information Technology and will take on most of Bob’s responsibilities. RAM, however, will be reporting to me during this time.
The Library has just sent a survey to over 3,600 UIC faculty to help us understand their research and teaching needs. Results and recommendations for actions will be reported out later this year.
The first unit head review under our new set of procedures has been completed. I want to thank Gwen Gregory, RAM, for being willing to pilot the process. I also want to thank all of you who participated in some way for taking the time to share your input. The procedures will be updated to clarify some questions that arose and a timeline for upcoming unit head reviews will be developed by HR soon.
I hope you will enjoy this new e-news format for communications with staff. My thanks to Andrea Smith for helping us make this possible.
University Librarian and Dean of Libraries