Message from the New Dean of Libraries & Information Resources
Welcome to an exciting new year at UND, and in particular, at the UND Libraries. First, I’d like to say how delighted I am to be joining the UND Libraries at this pivotal time in their history. So much is happening here, it’s difficult to select just a few initiatives for this page.
As many of you know, the medical school and law school both have separate libraries, reporting to their respective deans – and both are doing exciting things. The Thormodsgard Law Library opened its new space, and looks amazing; Interim Director of the Library David Haberman reports that the library’s new space is much busier and students find it very welcoming. Meanwhile, the Medical School is building new quarters, and librarians there are preparing for a whole new model of serving their community.
Now, it’s the Chester Fritz Library’s turn!
We are preparing for major renovations, and for a fundraising campaign to help support them, to make much-needed improvements to the facilities. The entire campus has been involved in early discussions, and will be further involved as we move ahead. We have been in early discussions on research data management and working with digital humanities groups on campus, and are planning for the creation of a robust institutional repository. We are working closely with Essential Studies on improvements to information literacy goals across campus. Together with the Office of the Provost, we are also working on a pilot Open Textbooks initiative. Please keep your eye on our website for updates!
Dean of Libraries & Information Resources
University of North Dakota