Welcome to the latest edition of The Libraries Magazine. We are excited to share some highlights from the 2018-19 academic year in this award-winning publication that was recognized by the American Library Association’s 2019 PR Xchange Awards at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
To fulfill the charge of our tagline to “cultivate inquiry and curiosity,” we provide an extensive support system that enhances intellectual experience and ensures success. By providing the best possible access to information and offering teaching and research services in both physical and virtual settings, we support the success of students and faculty. Enhancing learning and creativity is vital, and aligns with our support of the University’s strategic priorities.
One of the highlights of the past year is the establishment of a Digital Scholarship Advisory Board in response to an articulated need to develop a campus-wide plan that will ensure a successful future for all types of data and digital scholarship. The advisory board works closely with the Office of Research and Creative Activity (RCA), Information Technology Services (ITS), the Center for Computationally Assisted Science and Technology (CCAST), and other partners to explore the state of digital and data services on campus and to develop a more robust support system for researchers in all phases of the digital scholarship lifecycle.
The Libraries’ collaboration and partnership efforts have brought about some additional opportunities. Among the highlights of these labors is strengthening relations with the Tri-College University and hosting members of the Rangelands Partnership as well as the North Dakota-Manitoba Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries. The tribute to Theodore Roosevelt event in January 2019 has assembled the institutional leadership in an effort to explore potential avenues for collaboration with the future Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Medora. The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection celebrated its 23rd Journey to the Homeland Tour under the leadership of Michael Miller, who is celebrating more than 50 years of service to NDSU. The new Digital Fabrication Lab moves the needle further by “democratizing” access to such technologies as 3D printers, a laser cutter, CNC mills, and more.
NDSU Libraries offer stimulating environments and an exciting array of services and resources that nurture curiosity, create lifelong learners, and support education and research. We welcome your comments and suggestions on how we can grow, and ask for your continued support in the process.
Dr. Joe Mocnik, Dean of Libraries
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