Brian E. C. Schottlaender
This spring, we are ushering in some thought-provoking new programs and events, as well as new beginnings and changes for the Libraries. As many of you know, the Libraries have been implementing a variety of library and collection consolidations over the last few years, as a result of substantial budget cuts as well as changes in how faculty, students, and other patrons utilize our services and resources.
Like many academic libraries, we are witnessing increased demand for digital services and resources and declining demand for physical library resources. The transition from print and physical access to digital and virtual access is a significant trend, spurring major changes at academic libraries across the nation.
Along with these physical consolidations, the Libraries have been going through an internal organizational consolidation, a process that is now underway and will continue over the next several months. As a result of these consolidations, the Libraries are transitioning from a decentralized, discipline-based organization to a leaner and more centralized operation that will enable us to maintain excellent and responsive services to our users. Along with these consolidations, over the next year we will be transitioning from the “UC San Diego Libraries” to the “UC San Diego Library.” We believe this new name will better reflect our new structure as a single campus library providing a more streamlined and centralized suite of services and resources to our campus users.
As previously communicated, the Libraries will also be consolidating the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library print collections into the Geisel Library, starting in July 2012. The newly named “Scripps Archives and Library Annex,” located in the Eckart Building on the Scripps campus, will continue to provide access to special collections and archives, by appointment, during the week. While the Scripps Library will no longer be open to the public after June 29, 2012, study space and delivery of library materials from Geisel to Scripps will continue to be provided to meet the needs of Scripps’ faculty and students.
The Libraries will also continue to maintain and augment the university’s outstanding collections in Marine and Oceanographic Sciences, and library staff will continue to be available to consult with faculty, students, and staff. While a number of items from the collection are currently available digitally, materials from the print collections will continue to be accessible from Geisel Library.
As always, if you have any questions about these transitions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I greatly appreciate your support and feedback and hope you enjoy this issue of Domain.
Brian E. C. Schottlaender
The Audrey Geisel University Librarian