Archive for November, 2010

Research Library Renovation (5)

Monday, November 29th, 2010

As one approaches the entrance to the Charles E. Young Research Library it appears as if the building is no longer open.  But that is definitely not the case.  To the left as you get to the front of the building is a temporary entrance that allows one to enter the building and proceed down a new tunnel connecting this door to the elevators, circulation desk, internal stairway, and the administrative offices.  This allows for construction to proceed on the permanent circulation desk and the new entrance to the building which will be finished after the first of the year.  At that time another temporary path will be created to allow for renovation of the existing circulation desk area (parts of which will become the new cafe!).  We expect that most of the construction will be finished in the spring and then the outfitting of furniture, equipment, and all of the rest will begin.

The temporary entrance has been installed.
The temporary entrance has been installed.

Scenarios for the Future and Restructuring at UCLA

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Over the past several months, I have been engaged with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in a scenario development process.  That work is now complete and a user’s guide has been published.  The introduction begins:  “Confronting uncertainty in a rapidly changing environment is essential if research libraries are to continue to be valued and valuable contributors to the advancement of new research and the creation of new knowledge.”  We have certainly been engaged in such thinking at the UCLA Library. The scenarios could provide an interesting backdrop for discussions here at UCLA.  If there is sufficient interest, a group can be formed to explore these.

The guide is available on the ARL web site at

ARL has published an opinion piece that I authored in its most recent issue of Research Library Issues, October 2010.  The entire issue can be accessed at .

As always comments are most welcome as are suggestions for other resources that help us move toward the future.