Library Services continued its mission of enabling the academic community to effectively integrate information resources and technology into the curriculum. Through a myriad of activities such as the acquisition and organization of relevant information resources to support the curriculum and research, and through formal semester-long courses as well as short courses designed to augment specific skills of Central Missouri's faculty and staff, Library Services faculty and staff facilitated and led the infusion of technology into Central Missouri's curricular offerings which in turn aided the University in obtaining its statewide technology mission.
Library Services employees are the primary facilitators in integrating information and instructional technologies into the academic programs. Both of these fields are rapidly changing. In order to keep upgrading their skills, our employees continuously find creative ways to obtain additional funding for the pursuit of professional development activities.
Library Services expanded the electronic databases available throughout the campus with the acquisition of EBSCOhost through MOREnet and participation in the statewide subscription to nine basic databases of FirstSearch. An ongoing review of usage statistics and comments from the Library Services Comment Box indicated a need for access to databases for persons at remote locations.
Various units of Library Services have constructed home pages accessible via the World Wide Web. Via the Internet, library clients can learn about important services and materials available to them. Links to useful information sites are being added and maintained as well. The World Wide Web has opened an unbelievable volume of resources which, nonetheless, requires skilled information organizers (librarians) to identify and access the most pertinent information on a given topic. Not only are we organizing the electronic information available, but we are teaching clients how to be more efficient information consumers via training sessions and assistance in the use of new information technologies.
In order to ensure efficient delivery of new library materials to library clients, Technical Services conducted a special assessment study. Results of four projects confirmed that newly received materials requested by clients are being delivered within 24 hours of the request, illustrated that six weeks is the normal "turn-around" time for a new item to reach the shelf after it is received by Cataloging Services for processing, and identified a 5% error rate in the labeling and marking of books and other materials. The first met our expectations, the second proved to be somewhat longer than we had thought, and the third led to some changes in operations thereby reducing the error rate to 3%.
The James C. Kirkpatrick Library will provide totally electronic access to its catalog of materials that have replaced the familiar card catalog. Library faculty determined that an historical record of the old card catalog is desirable for preservation as an artifact in the new library. To that end, 15 drawers of catalog cards have been carefully selected to comprise the archival record. Cards representing well-known faculty and alumni, theses authored by Central Missouri's graduate students, special materials housed in the library, and selected Missouri authors with historical significance, have been preserved for inclusion in this artifact. As we progress into the technological library of the 21st century, we preserve elements of our past to remind us of where we have been.
University Media Services continued its role of supporting classroom instruction by providing a variety of multimedia instructional facilities to the Central community. In addition to its normal instructional support activities such as Audiovisual Campus Services, Computer Laboratories, Instructional Design and Development, Instructional Television and Sound Systems, UMS brought three electronic classrooms on-line to optimize the teaching/learning processes on Central Missouri's campus.
In the area of Audiovisual equipment repair UMS encountered many problems throughout the year due to the transfer of Engineering Services from UMS to the Information Services unit. Personnel from the other units of UMS helped as much as they could, but the unit was unable to provide its normal level of service to the academic community.
The Department of Library Science and Information Services continued its role of educating competent school/media professionals. To meet the market demands an advanced Internet course was developed and implemented.
The University Studies course LIS1600: Information Resources was implemented with a team teaching process pairing academic librarians with LIS instructors. Student learning, knowledge about the retrieval, critical evaluation of, and use of information was expected to increase because more technologically oriented resources were used and practicing librarians with bibliographic expertise were involved in the instructional process.
Library Services faculty and staff had another productive year carrying out traditional, as well as, innovative information services programs to enhance the teaching/learning environment at Central. Library Services looks forward to leading in the implementation of Central Missouri's new and exciting state-wide technology mission.
Pal V. Rao
Dean of Library Services
October 22, 1997