The unification at PNW and the coming separation of IU and Purdue at IPFW are resulting in significant changes at those campuses. For the libraries at Purdue Northwest, soon-to-be Purdue Fort Wayne, and Purdue West Lafayette, these changes come at a time when libraries are in transition as more resources and services are available online. These circumstances create an opportunity to explore strategies to more fully integrate the three libraries.
As a commitment to positive change, the Purdue University Office of the Provost has created a Purdue System Library Working Group.
Principles for the work of this group include:
The goal—Enhance the research and learning at each campus
- Libraries are crucial to the work of universities
- Faculty and students at each campus need quick and easy access to information and materials
- The campus members on this group are committed to collaboration
- The workloads of faculty and staff in the libraries will be considered and their input will be valued
- Communication with faculty/staff/students is important
CHARGE TO THE PURDUE SYSTEM LIBRARY WORKING GROUP
Members of the task force:
- Rebecca Richardson, Assistant Dean for Collections and Access (West Lafayette)
- Scott Brandt, Interim Associate Dean for Research (West Lafayette)
- Alexis Macklin, Dean (Purdue Fort Wayne)
- Tammy Guerrero, Director of University Libraries (Purdue Northwest)
- Rob Wynkoop, Managing Director Procurement Services will represent the Office of the Treasurer (West Lafayette)
- Candiss Vibbert, Associate Provost for Special Initiatives, will represent the Provost Office (West Lafayette)
Candiss Vibbert and Alex Macklin will serve as co-chairs for the Working Group.
The Purdue System Library Working Group is asked to explore the following points:
- What services or relationships are needed that would improve library services?
- What are the potential benefits of a system-wide approach?
- Are there any perceived disadvantages to operating as a system library? How might these issues be managed?
- How can library faculty and staff benefit from the Purdue System Library?
After the data is provided to answer these questions, the larger more inclusive questions follow:
- What would a system library look like in terms of organizational structure; shared services, IT backbone, and campus responsibilities etc.?
- What investments, one-time and recurring, would be necessary to develop the Purdue System Library?
- How does a steady state budget for the Purdue System Library compare to the current provision of library services (FY18) on the three separate operating budgets for the campuses?
- If the Purdue System Library is pursued, what would be the timeline for actions and investments? What are the key milestones?