Vol. XVI, no. 2 TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition March 2004

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Message from the University Librarian -by Robert A. Seal

Change is in the air at TCU. Our chancellor, Dr. Victor Boschini, has initiated a new strategic planning process which has already generated many good ideas and has fostered significant discussion about the future of our University. Addressing topics such as information technology, the size and nature of the University, the student experience, athletics, academic programs, and learning resources, the process will move to the departmental level this fall. The Subcommittee on Learning Resources is addressing, among other things, the library and its future. We are excited to be part of this process which aims to institutionalize planning campuswide and which gives the library the opportunity to express its hopes and dreams and needs for the future.

As you may have heard, we will have a new Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on June 1. Dr. Nowell Donovan, Professor and Moncrief Chair of Geology, will succeed Bill Koehler who has provided strong leadership for the academic side of the house for more than two decades. We wish Dr. Koehler well in his “retirement” years—retirement in quotes since Bill will no doubt stay active in TCU and our community. We welcome and enthusiastically pledge our support for Dr. Donovan as he assumes leadership for Academic Affairs.

The Friends of the TCU Library, under the leadership of Bridget Thomas, our president for the past two years, is doing quite well in 2003-04. After a highly successful and well-attended FacultySpeak program in November featuring Dr. Art Ehlmann who told us about and showed us the Monnig Meteorite Museum, the Friends now welcome distinguished TCU alum and Face the Nation host, Bob Schieffer, on Monday, April 5. This event is shaping up to be one of the best annual banquets ever—we hope to see you there to welcome Bob and Pat Schieffer and enjoy an evening of fine food, conversation, and entertainment.

I am happy to report that Friends membership is growing rapidly. Through an innovative program approved by the Friends Board last fall, 48 new members have been added to our group as of March 2004. These new Friends are TCU alums from the classes of 1972-82, invited to re-connect with their alma mater through Friends membership. We enthusiastically welcome each of them to our very fine organization and urge them to attend our programs, use the Mary Couts Burnett Library, and support the goals of the Friends.

Best wishes to all of you for safe and happy spring and summer, 2004!

Robert Seal
University Librarian


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