The consolidation of the four campus libraries of the University of North Georgia is nearing completion, and will produce many benefits for faculty, staff and students.
The process of consolidation for the libraries includes several initiatives, such as combining the catalogues of each collection and merging each location into one system used for documentation and tracking of the various items for checkout.
"While trying to minimize the amount of changes university personnel will see, we have also focused on keeping our high standards and recognizing the opportunities we have been presented with," said Dr. Deborah Prosser, dean of libraries at UNG. "For example, each location will now have an expanded collection with access to each other's resources."
Personnel will have access to the catalogues of each campus, and will have to wait only a few business days to receive a book from another campus.
"We have a superb team of service-oriented staff members, an excellent level of collaboration across the campuses, and shared leadership with head librarians at each location," Prosser said. "We have received extraordinary support from all involved, especially university administration."
Library staff members are also examining which processes from the four locations can be centralized to one location, to avoid duplicating work. There will also be new online tools facilitating collection development. For example, the process of reaching out to faculty for the books and other materials they need in support of their classes will be more streamlined and efficient, Prosser said.
"We expect students will be excited about the library's expanded range of services," Library Assistant Lacee Sheffield-McConnell said. "As a result of consolidation, the libraries at each of the campuses have been able to retain most of the electronic resources collection while acquiring several new databases and other online research tools. These benefits will prove to be significant research aids for UNG students across numerous disciplines."
Other new additions include methods of engaging and serving students, such as a consolidated Facebook page gateway that is expected to be more accessible and user-friendly.
The catalogue consolidation is expected to be complete before classes begin. The new library website is the portal to all resources and services for students and faculty. This includes the catalogue and research databases and contact information for library faculty and staff at each campus. The new website is now live, and can be found at: http://ung.edu/libraries/.