Happy Friday!  I hope you had a great break and are enjoying the start of spring quarter.

This week I’ve been spending a lot of time on  the EAR (Electronic Access to Resources) committee of COLD.  We’re winding up this year’s work to present at the next COLD meeting in Long Beach April 25-26.  At our EAR conference call yesterday we had a lively discussion about the future of the “core collections” – what we buy with $5M from the Chancellor’s Office to serve all 23 CSU campuses.  Some campuses are so budget-poor, that this is their collection budget!  We talked about whether any of the big commercial journal publisher packages should be paid out of the “core”.  They’re so expensive that any one of them would consume between 10-60% of that $5M budget).  Also, should we set aside core funds for consortial “Patron Driven Acquisition” of ebooks (PDA)? We’ve had three years experience with our PDA “pilot”, loading thousands of book records and buying outright several hundred ebooks once they’ve been accessed 3 or more times across the CSU system. The team that’s been running the pilot (Tim’s a member) says, no, there are better ways to buy ebooks.  Some CSU campuses are already licensing big packages of ebooks from aggregators like EBSCO.  Final recommendations on the new  “core” will be out by early May.

I’m excited about Chancellor White’s visit to Cal Poly on May 2.   At Cal Poly, he’ll speak at an open forum at 3 pm, and he’ll also visit a showcase of student work at Chumash.  I’m meeting today with people from all over campus who are planning the showcase. Our student assistants will shine! Speaking of students: we have at least one Kennedy Library nominee again this year for “Outstanding Student Employee of the Year”.  And we’re not the only ones excited about our student assistants:  we got some fantastic news this week: the library has received an incredibly generous planned gift from a previous donor.  In the future this gift will provide funding for eight library student assistants.

Last week’s ALG “reading” was the 2013 Horizon Report on technology trends in higher education (http://www.nmc.org/publications/2013-horizon-report-higher-ed, thanks Peter!). It got me thinking again about 3D printing.  There are a few libraries – mostly public, but some academic libraries – that are doing great things with fabrication or “printing” of 3D models.  I heard about one of the best of these at a conference in December:  it’s the University of Reno, science library:  http://acrl.ala.org/techconnect/?p=1403  There are a few 3D printers / fab labs around the Cal Poly campus already – could we partner with them to bring 3D printing to the library?

Have a great weekend!