As the new academic year opens, we at the University Libraries recommit ourselves and our library to the university’s mission and goals, and to supporting new and returning students and faculty as well as alumni, friends, and community members.As a vehicle for lifelong education, becoming proficient in the use of libraries and the resources and services they provide is a critical skill for the long-term success we all hope to enjoy, and with which we develop an engaged and informed citizenry.
The University Libraries are proud to be leaders in the application of technology in libraries, and in developing models of resource acquisition and cost sharing such as the Carolina Consortium that enables not only our campus, but others throughout the state and beyond, to make the most of the financial resources available to us.We are pleased to be among the first campus units to enter into the UNCG-Well∙Spring collaboration, which offers promise to become a model for the nation in showing the way for meaningful interaction between universities and retirement communities.
In our services to distance learners and in our partnerships with groups such as the BOOKMARKS organization, the Greensboro Public Library, the Greensboro Historical Museum, the Guilford County Schools, and other community organizations, we seek to extend our service and benefits beyond the physical boundaries of our campus and those who study and conduct research here.Recognizing that paper and books remain important containers for information, we value and steward our unique and important physical collections and work to make them available to the wider community through digitization and other means. At the same time, we continue to expand, insofar as we can, our electronic reach to collections and services beyond those within our walls.
As library professionals, we who work here continue to serve our profession and our society, and to serve in positions of leadership within the state and beyond as we move confidently into a future where library service continues to be refined and renewed toward the goal of meeting the needs of a complex and ever-changing world.