I learned on Friday that we have approval to build the replacement for U2, the second phase of our library depository, another module of UMLD on Lemone Blvd. It will be an extension of the current UMLD, to the south of the current building. We will pay for it with existing funds now being spent to rent and maintain U2, the old Rust and Martin furniture store near the Midway exit off I-70, as well as additional funds we will have available, with student approval, from the Enhance Mizzou fee. Cost is estimated at $5.2M, and campus will cover that amount and the Libraries will use our income, described above, to pay it back over a term of years.
Next week I meet with Heiddi Davis, from Facilities, and we will start working on the bid process and details. Because we are building on university-owned land, and already have an architect’s plan, we hope to move as quickly as possible and be in by next summer.
This is amazingly good news, and I hope to have more details to share with you soon.
Besides that, I want to remind you all that the Campus Climate Survey results, from the survey we took last fall, will be presented at two campus open forums in Jesse Auditorium. The first one is tomorrow at 3:30, and the second one is Wed., also in Jesse, at 12:30 pm. All are encouraged to attend. The survey is nationally normed, and MU has done it several times before. It was done all across the system, and UMKC got their results today. MU is always looking to improve climate and morale for all, and create a supportive, inclusive environment for our students, faculty and staff. Getting survey data on how things are helps us know how to improve, so we can’t be afraid of these surveys. Improving communication improves every organization, and I hope we can continue to work on making the Libraries an even better organization.
This morning we have some good news—we have been advised by the Provost’s Office that we will be getting funds restored to us that were cut from our collections budget for FY18, the fiscal year we are in now. This will enable us NOT to have to make the terrible serials cuts that were planned. We don’t know the exact amount yet, but I will share it as soon as possible. Of course we will continue to manage our collections budget to the most advantage we can to support research and scholarly work.
In other news, the Libraries are hosting some donors this Friday morning, who MAY make a major gift in the future to help us add a digital media/makerspace area. You may see us touring around the Info Commons and West Reference. If you’re over there at that time, be your cheerful, busy selves.
We also have the new Chancellor, Alex Cartwright, scheduled to speak at our Oct. 10 Staff Advisory Group meeting at 10 am in Ellis 114A. Plan now to attend! Watch for the meeting notice.
I’m hoping for good news soon on building the extension to UMLD1. Keep your fingers crossed!
Notices have gone out to those appointed to Library committees this year. LMT did some revision to the committee structure, and the Exhibits Committee and Marketing Committee now don’t have appointees other than the people whose work relates to the groups. We have discontinued the Faculty Lecture Series Committee also. Thanks to all who volunteered to serve on the committees we have, which help us do our work.
Information has gone out on the memorial service for Debbie Melvin. I know you all join me in offering condolences to her family. This has been a tough year, to lose two long-time staff. Karla Geerlings has been gone less than six months, and of course lives on in our memories. Work is a big part of most people’s lives, and the Libraries are very fortunate to have dedicated staff who have stayed with us for many years. Let’s all be thankful for each other as we move into another academic year.