Dr. Joe Mocnik, Former Dean of Libraries (2017-2021) on July 16, 2021:
Welcome to the latest edition of The Libraries Magazine! During the 2020-2021 academic year, NDSU Libraries were able to successfully overcome challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. As library services continued uninterrupted, we accomplished some major highlights within our activities.
The creation of the Libraries Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee led to a statement which publicly affirms the values of NDSU Libraries and provides a framework for accountability and continuous improvement in these areas. These efforts among many others have been a significant accomplishment (see p.4).
We had a successful and meaningful inaugural year of our Friends of the Libraries group. Thank you to all of our Friends for joining—for challenging us to do better and for your generous philanthropic support.
I wish great success for the Libraries and NDSU as I transition to Kansas State University. Let me extend my wholehearted welcome to Hallie Pritchett, Interim Dean of Libraries. Please join us in welcoming Interim Dean Pritchett as the Libraries continue to support student and faculty success in alignment with the university’s strategic priorities.
Hallie Pritchett, Interim Dean of Libraries on October 4, 2021:
I am honored to serve as Interim Dean of Libraries and very excited to lead such a talented and dedicated staff at North Dakota State University. For the past three years, I have served as Associate Dean of Libraries for Research and Learning. Prior to coming to NDSU, I was a librarian and department head at the University of Georgia Libraries for over eleven years. Much as I enjoyed my work at UGA, as a near-native Minnesotan (born in Washington DC, raised in the Twin Cities) I was very happy to return to the Upper Midwest, cold weather and all!
Although I have worked in academic libraries for over 30 years, last year was by far the most unusual. Despite the ongoing stress and everyday challenges of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, as highlighted in this issue we had a very successful and productive year. I was always impressed if not awestruck by the strength and resilience of the Libraries staff as they worked to ensure the continuity of our services and the safety of our users during these extraordinary times.
Lastly, I would like to welcome the members of our new Friends of the Libraries group and thank them and all of our donors for their generous support of the Libraries. Your contributions go towards improving the student experience and help us fulfill our mission of advancing teaching, learning, and research at NDSU.
If you'd like to receive a copy of The Libraries Magazine, please contact the Libraries Marketing and Programs Coordinator.