Good morning! My colleague, Jonathan Cope, and I will present changes that have taken place in the CSI library over the past ten years. I have been a member of the Dept of the Library for over 17 years and have been fortunate to have witnessed first hand all the changes we will talk about today. As Chief Librarian, I am responsible for libray operations, which include services ranging from availability of research resources to day-to-day management of the library as a facility. Jonathan cope, is fairly new to the department, 3 years, and with fresh eyes will present findings from three surveys over the past ten years. Indeed, while most of the changes have been deliberate as a result of strategic plans we were able to create and add new services and facilities such as as V-C Room – created to promote interactions between groups of faculty and students in tow or more location to see and hear each other via two-way video and audio transmissions simultanesously. What was initially designed to be used among CUNY collegees in 1996, is now being used for virtual classes between CSI and universities in China, Turkey, and South Africa…soon Vietnam. CELT – an instructional center within the lib that provides resources and support to CSI faculty intersted in integrating technology into their courses Arch & Sp Coll -- collects, preserves and makes available to researchers primary and secondary materials that document the history of the College of Staten Island, and special collections that focus on the history of SI’s political culture and environmental history. On the other hand, we have been forced to make changes that were unplanned.
Unplanned changes that have come about have been due to external forces such as increase in enrollment, the limited capacity of the library building, the changes in our users behavior primarily due to technology, and last but not least, sudden changes in funding.
Wilma Jones, Chief Librarian & Jonathan Cope, Instruction/Reference Librarian
“ Progress implies change. Not all change is progress, but all progress requires change. Change can be planned or unplanned. Libraries have experienced some serious unplanned changes in the recent past; they have been buffeted by changes in technology and scholarly communication and the downturn in the economy. Even so, most libraries have adapted wonderfully to the changes and challenges created by the new technologies.”
The CSI Library supports the educational mission of the College of Staten Island and the research needs of its students, faculty, and staff by collecting , preserving , and providing access to scholarly materials in a variety of formats .