20, No. 8, Oct. 19, 2000
wanted from library users
Mabry, Assistant Editor
(217) 244-1072; email@example.com
Faculty and staff
members and students are being asked to tell UI library officials exactly
what kinds of books and materials theyd like to see in the main
and departmental libraries.
Public hearings to express these kinds of desires and concerns are being
held throughout the semester by the provost and the Library Allocation
Steering Committee. (See chart at right indicating times and places
for hearings in October.) A complete schedule of fall hearings is on
the Web, www.provost.uiuc.edu/provost/committees/
Comments also can be sent to the committee through the Web site.
Provost Richard Herman urges faculty and staff members and students
to participate in the hearings.
"Insights we gain from library users will affect the future budgetary
decisions to support collection development for existing and new programs,"
Herman said. "We are working strenuously to generate the necessary
resources for the Library, but even the most optimistic scenarios show
that acquisition budgets will be stressed for the foreseeable future.
The wise allocation of scarce resources requires understanding the current
and future informational needs of the university, and for this we need
Alexander Scheeline, professor of chemistry and chair of the Library
Allocation Steering Committee, said this is the first time in nearly
three years there has been any kind of broad public discussion about
"This should be of interest to every person on this campus,"
"The library is the central repository of the history of human
thought, so if people are going to stand on the shoulders of those who
went before, the library provides the information they need," Scheeline
But the fields are so diverse and changing so much with new technology,
that it is difficult for librarians to know whats needed for those
fields, he said.
"The librarians only know what is needed when people tell them,"
he said. "So were giving people an opportunity to talk."
Upcoming Library Hearings
and Social Science Library (Part II)
2-3 p.m., Oct. 19, Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building
For the departments of anthropology, political science, sociology,
speech communication, psychology and the School of Social Work.
Architecture and Art Library; Music Library; City Planning and
2-3 p.m., Oct. 27, 62 Krannert Art Museum
For the Schools of architecture, art and design, and music, and departments
of landscape architecture, theater, and urban and regional planning
- Applied Life
2-3 p.m., Oct. 27, 209 Huff Hall
For units in the College of Applied Life Studies and department of
- Law Library
1-2 p.m., Oct. 30, Room A, Law Building
For College of Law.
Consumer and Environmental Sciences Library
2-3 p.m., Oct. 31, location to be announced
For units in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental
For hearings later in the semester or for other libraries, go to: