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The Academic Town Square: Evolving the Research Library Michael Ridley Chief Information Officer and Chief Librarian Lynn Campbell Senior Development Manager.

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1 The Academic Town Square: Evolving the Research Library Michael Ridley Chief Information Officer and Chief Librarian Lynn Campbell Senior Development Manager University of Guelph

2 Agenda The Academic Town Square: Evolving the Research Library 1.What is an “Academic Town Square?” 2.What does it mean for advancement & development in academic libraries? 3.Questions, answers, examples & opportunities

3 Transformation Again The Academic Town Square: Evolving the Research Library Warehouse to Knowledge Incubator Study Hall to Learning Commons Books & Journals to Scholarly Communications Web 1.0 to Lib 2.0 Local to International

4 Transformation Again The Academic Town Square: Evolving the Research Library Heart of the University to Heart of the Community

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6 Lectures, Lunches, Learning The Academic Town Square: Evolving the Research Library

7 Student Presentations The Academic Town Square: Evolving the Research Library

8 Art, Awards, Alumni The Academic Town Square: Evolving the Research Library

9 The Buzz of Learning The Academic Town Square: Evolving the Research Library

10 Classrooms The Academic Town Square: Evolving the Research Library

11 Leaders on Campus & Beyond The Academic Town Square: Evolving the Research Library

12 The Vision The Academic Town Square: Evolving the Research Library A place for contemplation, for active engagement and for the celebration of learning and research. A place where the various disciplines and constituencies of the University can be visible to one another, and can meet and interact to exchange ideas and perspectives thereby creating new areas of knowledge and understanding.

13 The Vision The Academic Town Square: Evolving the Research Library A place for contemplation, for active engagement and for the celebration of learning and research. A place where the various disciplines and constituencies of the University can be visible to one another, and can meet and interact to exchange ideas and perspectives thereby creating new areas of knowledge and understanding.

14 Advancement & Development The Academic Town Square: Evolving the Research Library “Fundraising is judged to be successful when it results in gifts that contribute to the strategic vision for the Library: gifts should free a library to achieve its goals rather than hamper or distract from its mission.” (Steele & Elder, 2000)

15 Results to Date The Academic Town Square: Evolving the Research Library Greater profile among faculty & senior administration Higher profile in community New role for professional librarians Enhanced contact with donors Increased demand for library space!

16 Next Steps The Academic Town Square: Evolving the Research Library Evolution of staffing Special events “Special events … assume an exorable force of their own, creating an atmosphere that sucks in our time and energy.” (Steele & Elder, 2000) Communications plan Capital campaign

17 Questions? Observations? The Academic Town Square: Evolving the Research Library Michael Ridley Chief Information Officer and Chief Librarian Lynn Campbell Senior Development Manager For more information see the Library’s Integrated Plan:


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