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Submitted by: Margaret Phillips
As Vice-Chair/Chair Elect, I am a non-voting member of the Academic Senate Library Committee (LIBR). At the February meeting, one member of the committee brought to our attention the article, The Library Web Site of the Future (Inside Higher Ed, February 17, 2009). A discussion of the article will be on the agenda for the next meeting. If I understood what this particular member of the committee was driving at, it was the need for greater faculty input/collaboration in the library websites. In particular, I think it may have been the following statement from the article that seemed most to capture his perspective:
"The faculty is the catalyst in this transformation of the library portal concept. What they must do to accomplish this task is open the door to greater collaboration with academic librarians ... Working with academic librarians faculty can achieve both goals: creating greater e-resource awareness and shifting discovery paths from the mysterious bowels of the library portal to the more transparent course site."
I'm interested in what LAUC members think not only about this statement but other points made in the article.