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volume 12| no. 2 | spring 2005

Scholarly Communication in Crisis
Scholarly Communication FORUM
Creations @ Baylor: The Libraries Spotlight Scholarship and the Arts
Creations @ Baylor - Participant List
Creations @ Baylor - Bibliography
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ABL Acquires Valuable Browning-related Archive
Texas Collection Purchases Major Manuscript Collection
BCPM Acquires Kennedy Assassination Materials
Platt Collection Enhances BCPM Holdings

iPods Used for "Audio Reserves 2Go" Program
Education LRC Offers New "Call Ahead" Service
BearSpace Offically Launched
Access to Libraries' Electronic Resources Improved
Full-text Legal Treaties Now Available Online
Library Hotlines Installed

Meacham Lecture
Libraries Receive Gift of Burleson Painting

Donor Funds Refurbish Classic Chairs

From the Dean

Reagan Ramsower -Dean\'s Column

As I reflect on the speed and types of changes taking place in academic libraries across the country and here at Baylor, I have mixed emotions — from excitement to uneasiness. Change in and of itself is not necessary or healthy. For example, there is no need to walk into the library one day and say “We are not buying any more books because eventually they will all be available online.” This is a rather uninformed statement given that more books are being published today than ever before. The book is still a marvelously simple, yet effective, invention that has great popularity among all ages. It also does not appear to be going away. Why? It is easy to use, durable, relatively inexpensive to produce and can be used for print or visual images. On the other hand, the e-book has not been widely adopted.

Change to improve service or efficiency is something I actively pursue and encourage among the staff in our libraries. One of my jobs is making certain we provide students and faculty with the best possible intellectual resources and facilities.
An outstanding example of this practice is the excellent service of our award-winning Interlibrary Services unit. This unit filled 51,486 requests during the last academic year, while also improving “turn-around” time. This quality of service is made possible by employing outstanding people with innovative ideas and by utilizing cutting-edge technology.

Another fine example of innovative change is the new “Audio Reserves 2Go” program unveiled this semester in the Crouch Fine Arts Library (Moody Library). Twelve iPods were purchased using Library Fellows’ funds to jump start this program, which I believe is the first of its kind in the country. Music students are able to check out iPods containing all reserve lists and course-required music selections preloaded for their convenience.

I believe these types of changes are essential for the Baylor University Libraries to pursue. The status quo is not acceptable because it does not create an innovative, customer-centered environment. If the library does not strive to move forward with measurable steps, then it will cease being the vibrant place where 1.3 million patrons come to think, dream and research each year.

Reagan Ramsower, Dean of Libraries