Archive for January, 2012

A Fascinating Friday

Monday, January 30th, 2012

The past Friday was a great day in the life of the UCLA Library.  And it was a great example of how our future unfolds.  As one enters the newly renovated Charles E. Young Research Library, you were greeted with the new exhibit on Dickens.  Note the link to see more: http://today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/dickens-200th-birthday-gives-campus-226899.aspx

And during the mid day we hosted an open house in the new Research Commons.  Every pod was an action area and the Laboratory for Digital Cultural Heritage and the instruction room were open for not only viewing, but so that faculty and students could learn about the potential of these new spaces.  As I walked through, I was struck by just how excited people are about the potential of our collaborative future.  Faculty were thinking about how they could present their courses using library collections, both physical and digital in new ways.  Library staff and graduate students were interested in the various applications and uses of the space.

The convergence of these two events was a great experience for me.  As a bookman and reader, I treasure the Dickens legacy and have been amazed at the breadth and depth of our special collections with Dickens material.  But I am also “wowed” by the potential of our new research spaces.  Our future is so rich.

Gary E. Strong, University Librarian