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University Library to Begin Re-visioning Process

Will Hold Design Charrette this Summer
Office of the ProvostMay 9, 2016

The University Library has traditionally curated collections for students, faculty, staff and other community members to easily access, navigate and use. Now, the Library must evolve into much more than a system of repositories to serve as a full partner in promoting student academic success and faculty teaching excellence now and in the future, as guided by Pacific 2020 and as recommended in the Academic Plan

This spring, University of the Pacific contracted with a consulting firm, Credo, to assess and enhance the student experience in Stockton and Sacramento learning spaces, and to facilitate a re-visioning of how a University Library of the future would function, look and feel to serve stakeholders across Pacific's three campuses. Work includes reviewing previous studies and exploring the concept of a Student Academic Success Hub that would co-locate academic and library support services in alignment with industry best practices. This concept is a vision that has been shared and discussed by many people and groups at Pacific over the past few years and has appeared in their recommendations, reports and proposals as recently as last July, awaiting the arrival of a University Librarian in January 2016.

Later this summer, Credo and a Bay Area architectural design firm (being selected at this time) will initiate the next step in visioning and planning work by engaging University Library Committee members and other campus stakeholders in a charrette (an interactive re-visioning and re-designing workshop). The goal is to develop a holistic, shared vision among stakeholders that will enhance the Stockton Campus Library's contribution to the academic success of our students and the teaching and research excellence of our faculty.

The Library Committee is the primary faculty governance committee and will frame this shared vision for inclusive dialogue and reflection among Pacific's various constituencies. A SharePoint site has been launched to provide updates and information, and to receive broad input from across the university once the results of the charrette are shared with the university community this fall.​

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