UCLA University Librarian Gary E. Strong announced on June 10 that the Arts Library will continue to operate in its present location for the immediate future, and sent the following email to faculty in departments that use the Arts Library:
As you’ll recall, last fall the UCLA Library created an internal study team to examine the service and materials issues associated with shifting the collections, services, and staff of the Arts Library to one of the large libraries. This message is to update you on the status of that study.
The internal study team collected statistics on the size and location of collections, circulation figures, gate counts, and use of electronic resources as well as more subjective information about how students and faculty use the facility and its collections and services. They also summarized community factors, among them how professionals at area museums and in creative industries use the library.
I am reviewing the team’s report, and I and my senior management are in the process of discussing it in greater detail. It is clear that we will need more time to examine this complex, multifaceted subject further and to gather input from constituencies including administrators, faculty, students, and donors. Thus, the Arts Library will continue to operate in its present location for the immediate future.
Let me reiterate that the UCLA Library’s primary objective in undertaking this review and assessment is to provide participants in UCLA’s acclaimed programs in the visual and performing arts with the world-class collections, services, and facilities they need.
Thank you for your patience as this process continues. I will update you when there is further news; if you have questions, comments, or suggestions in the meantime, please email me or call me at 310.825.1201.
Gary E. Strong