Nearly a hundred new faculty are arriving  this morning for CTLT’s fall program of welcome and orientation…and we are warm, but we are ready:

  • The third floor carpet and flooring is in, and our students, facilities, and Access Services have been hard at work moving tables, chairs, and collections in the late summer heat;
  • Our partners in custodial services have been pulling out the stops – be sure to thank them!
  • Our newest colleague Cathe Olson is here too – just in time to handle course reserves for fall (welcome!);
  • Our supply of new faculty guides (formerly “Faculty Tech Guide”) has arrived;
  • New swag for new students is also here;
  • And not least, our new library website featuring new online guides, a new database list, and super mobile friendly content is shaping up fast for its Monday launch. 

Meanwhile, big things are afoot as the ULMS project heads toward its official launch with Ex Libris on October 5. Brett and Nikki have been in LA this week, as part of the fall gathering of ULMS “leads”, and our local project director, Tim, has been getting our Kennedy Library ULMS communications and information sharing apparatus up and running.  At last week’s COLD meeting, the Kennedy Library-led COLD communications project was (finally!) approved for continued – though not expanded – work this year. I’m working with Karen, Conny, and COLD to outline our communications plan; our first new update is a 1-page handout on our shared ULMS project  – it includes a helpful timeline of the entire project, through summer 2017.

There’s been an interesting debate / discussion this week in COLD about our decision-making practices and expectations around our in-person meetings, and how our decisions are recorded and shared.  I’ve been thinking about meetings in general, too: what’s the perfect blend of learning, relationship and consensus building, information sharing?  One COLD director shared a “gradients of agreement” guideline that suggests how to tease out shades of ‘yes’ and ‘no’ that may lie behind a vote.  I’m reminded that meetings play as many different kinds of purposes as books.  We used to talk about “books” as if they all do the same work – they look the same! – but the purposes of an encyclopedia, an art book, a diary, and a technical report make them more different than the same.  This is an example of the lovely concept of “genre.”  Not all meetings are the same: do we need a vocabulary for meeting genres?  

As we remember 9/11 today, like you I am grateful for our collective resilience, generosity, and learning.

Enjoy the weekend,