Welcome to UND and the UND Libraries!
As many of you know, the medical school and the law school both have separate libraries, reporting to their respective deans. Both have moved into renovated or new spaces in recent years. Now, it is the Chester Fritz Library’s turn! We have completed a "mini renovation" by updating our Reference area, with help from UND's terrific students, who were instrumental in selecting the furniture for the space. We are continuing to work on a number of other updates as well – some you will see, such as new carpet and paint in areas adjacent to Reference, and some are more invisible but no less critical – such as the new chiller tower installed on the Library roof, to improve the HVAC system and the Library's air quality. On a larger scale, we are preparing for a major fundraising campaign, as we are one of three major capital projects prioritized for the campus for the near future. The Chester Fritz Library has not undertaken a major renovation since 1981, and much has changed in libraries since then!
Beyond physical spaces, we've made some huge forays into digital spaces. The Library has worked with faculty, students, and staff on the Open Educational Resources Working Group, and thus far, our OER initiatives have saved students over $3 million in textbook costs, in just 2 years! UND Student Government and the Office of the Provost recognized the value of OERs to our community, and have respectively provided funding in the amounts of $75,000 and $25,000 to facilitate creation of even more OERs. In June 2017, we also signed a contract with bePress’s Digital Commons to provide institutional repository services, and we’re working to create a wonderful space where we store and provide access to everything from faculty research to OERs to digital images and text and data. One particular point of interest will be our "Open North Dakota" collection, where we will display materials from and about the University and the State. We have also been working closely with Essential Studies on information literacy goals, and the Library is working on documentation of an alignment plan that will show how the UND Libraries support every aspect of One UND – the new Strategic Plan unveiled by President Mark Kennedy in May 2017!
Stay tuned – more news is coming!
Dean of Libraries & Information Resources
University of North Dakota