Welcome to The Libraries Magazine! This was an extraordinary year as we faced the COVID-19 pandemic that forced us to reimagine many of our activities. I hope you enjoy reading about some of our responses and other highlights from the 2019-20 academic year.
The Libraries enhance learning and creativity in support of the university’s strategic priorities. To contribute to the success of students and faculty, we curate comprehensive collections, provide timely access to authoritative information, offer teaching and research services in physical and virtual settings, and manage dedicated spaces that further the intellectual experience and ensure academic success.
The pandemic has challenged us to reinvent our services and together with NDSU’s “Protect the Herd” campaign, our staff members have implemented innovative approaches to help maintain a healthy campus. The response from Libraries staff was proactive as we maintained card access to the Main Library, produced masks and shields for the local community, and created an archival COVID-19 collection that will preserve the story and experiences for the future.
One of the most significant donations we received this year was Leo Kim’s comprehensive photograph collection. The acquisition of his celebrated work greatly enhances our strong photojournalism collections that preserve the history of the Red River Valley and the state of North Dakota.
To expand our support of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the NDSU community, we have taken action by developing an official NDSU Libraries Statement of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. This affirms our values and provides support for our continuous improvement in this area. It can be found at library.ndsu.edu/ndsu-libraries-statement-equity-diversity-and-inclusion.
This year we also awarded the inaugural Dean’s Excellence Award to Adam Elznic, Emerging Technologies Coordinator, for his leadership of the Digital Fabrication Lab.
Lastly, I am very excited to share the news about our newly established Friends of the Libraries group. As a member, your contributions will go toward improving the student experience at NDSU by expanding services, purchasing new technology, enhancing our Special Collections, updating our spaces, and advancing research, teaching, and learning opportunities within the Libraries. We hope you consider sharing our passion for the Libraries by becoming a Friend. For further information, please visit library.ndsu.edu/friends.
Dr. Joe Mocnik, Dean of Libraries
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