From the Vice Provost and Dean - Summer 2014

Summertime at the Libraries: Assessment conference, Libraries Staff travels

Summer is typically a quiet time on campus. For the Libraries staff, this is a period to recharge, build and learn. Subject librarians travel around the world to acquire unique materials for our collections. Staff present at and participate in workshops on topics ranging from "Data Management & Curation: Lessons from Government, Academia and Research" to "All Tomorrow's Programs: New Modes of Librarian Engagement and Student Collaboration at the UW Libraries Research Commons."

On the UW Seattle campus, practitioners and researchers from academic and public libraries across North America and beyond will convene in August for the fifth biennial Library Assessment Conference, presented by UW Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries. We are proud to continue to be at the forefront of library assessment. Since 1992, Libraries' surveys, and the responses from students and faculty, continue to guide us as we develop library resources, technology and physical spaces in anticipation of our users' needs. Combined with our daily one-on-one interactions, both in person and online, with students, faculty and researchers from around the world, our mission of "connecting people with knowledge" continues to be informed by the ever-changing needs of the academic community.

So if you are on campus this summer, know that beneath the seeming quiet and calm, we are working behind the scenes and around the world to advance the mission of the University of Washington Libraries.

Read the Summer 2014 Libraries e-news.

- Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson

Summer 2014