I’ve been working this week with Shelly, Conny, and others to mail out a summer update to library donors, and to update our advancement and development plans and associated web pages. We have a cleaned up online giving link (bit.ly/lib-giving), and a new interactive PDF giving form. We’re starting to reboot LITAC as the Library Advisory Board (LAB) and to find dates in November that could work for a fall meeting. I also had a great meeting yesterday with Tod Nelson, the new Director of the CIE (Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) and he gave us some great advice on our upcoming search for a new library advancement director. We’ll be working with Tod and his team to raise funds together to help make the move of their Innovation Sandbox into the library a reality in the coming year.
Speaking of sandboxes: sorting through the amazing apps and platforms and tools that are out there in the ‘sandbox’ of the world is daunting but exciting: evidence of the ingenuity of our fellow human beings and the seemingly infinite creativity and possibility of the world our students swim in. For heavy digital lifting, there’s Google Compute Engine which works with Google Console, and yes, there’s already an O’Reilly book about it. Meanwhile, a mathematician has figured out how to get a machine to read – and respond to – his email for him. (Not yet part of 365!). And here’s one more: thanks to Jesse for sharing an article that included a reference to Perma.cc – a tool created and managed by libraries that addresses link-rot on the web, one link at a time. This comes out of Harvard Law School. Perma.cc is a registration business for archived links, “powered by libraries because we’re in the forever business.”
The third floor transformation is almost upon us, scheduled to begin in August. I’m excited – as I think everyone involved is – about how our librarians and staff are pruning the garden of books in the architecture, art, and nearby collections to reveal the most relevant and newer books. They will get even more use in the new location and shelving planned for the third floor, bringing oversize and regular size books together and providing surfaces adequate for studying the images in the biggest books. In this context, a whimsical bit from writer Umberto Eco caught my attention this week, reminding that for any individual reader, books you haven’t read yet are even more important than the ones you have read. How wonderful that we can surround students with such books.
Enjoy the blue moon and have a wonderful weekend,