Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Annual Report, 2007-2008 

Significant Activities in the Library during 2007-2008

Achievements 

  • Programs and Services--LibChat (Instant Message reference) piloted in fall, implemented in spring. Delivered new and enhanced services with technology (media area upgrades, laptops for checkout, LibTV--display screens in lobbies, receipt printing for circulation, enhanced library catalog, and migrated to new system software. Eliminated cataloging backlog. Added new databases and other materials with new funds received to support Coastal Biology flagship and DNP and DPT programs. Offered classes in Continuing Education's OLLI program. Planned and implemented 22 in-library exhibits.

  • Partnerships--Continued co-sponsorship (with Student Government) of 24-hour library hours during finals. Collaborated with Athletics for special study arrangements for student athletes and with ACE for in-library tutoring during finals.

  • Development--Library Dean's Leadership Council established with 15 charter members. Received gift for first named space in library building.

  • Staffing--Recruited and filled three positions.

  • User surveys--Implemented several new services identified in April 2007 survey. Conducted another survey in April 2008, with library noise levels (and cell phone use) cited as major issue. Took immediate steps to implement changes to address improvements.

Strengths 

Renovated/expanded highly used building; dedicated and service-oriented staff; new perspectives brought by new employees; new development program.

Weaknesses 

Budget challenges limit growth and ability to meet needs of new academic programs; two unsuccessful searches for Acquisitions Librarian; limited diversity within the staff, lack of other library/institution experience, and limited middle-management experience are evident.

Opportunities

New library development program; availability of FCLA funds for technology and consortial database purchasing; new funds for support of one flagship and two doctoral programs; allocation of sponsored research F&A indirect cost recovery for library; new technologies and digitization tools; successful collaboration with other UNF entities; reorganization, reevaluation of processes, realignment of priorities in context of retirements and vacancies. 

Threats 

State/University economic and fiscal environment; small labor pools; salary competitiveness and compression; hiring freeze; staff morale (no raises, other issues).