from the Dean's Desk
Marilyn K. Moody, Spring 2014
The start of the Spring Term finds many students looking forward to completing their coursework and graduating at the end of the term. Congratulations to all of our graduating students!
Library faculty and staff are also engaged in completing an important initiative and will reach a major milestone at the end of this term. We will be bringing up a new library system that replaces several individual systems as well as providing a new look and new ways of searching the library catalog. As you can imagine, this transition has involved an intense amount of effort and attention.
The new library system is a groundbreaking shared library system project of the Orbis-Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Portland State already benefits greatly from its membership in the Alliance, and this initiative is just another example of those benefits. In conjunction with the library system vendor Ex Libris, the Alliance is working to capitalize on the strong library collaboration already in place to develop the new system in ways that allow us to collaborate even more—with enhanced services for our users. Our faculty and staff are excited about the potential of the new system. Assistant University Librarian, Barbara Glackin, says: “The shared system will integrate a multitude of library resources into a single interface, making it easier for students, faculty, and other users to easily locate information and research materials.”