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Vol. XVIII, no. 1 TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition November 2005

Former Dean Bob SealMessage from the Former Dean

By Bob Seal

When I arrived at TCU in March of 1994, I was full of optimism for the future of the Mary Couts Burnett Library. An outstanding staff was in place, the University was in good shape financially, the Internet age was dawning, and a well-established Friends group awaited me. When I finished my 11-plus-year tenure at the end of September, I did so with a tremendous sense of satisfaction. I left the TCU library in even better shape than I found it, with budget support that has remained strong for more than a decade, with extensive electronic collections that are among the best in the country, with a staff that remains superior and very service oriented, and a Friends group that is more visible, more active, and more supportive financially. We now have a café, an Information Commons, and a state-of-the-art music/video lab. Library use is more than double what it was five years ago and we were nominated for a national academic library excellence award.

It has been a true privilege to be a part of the Texas Christian University and to be associated with the Friends of the TCU Library. The Friends group is a wonderful organization with fine people who care about TCU and the Library and who have shown wonderful support for our programs for 33-plus years. They will continue to do so and my successor is truly fortunate to have such a fantastic group to promote and financially support the Mary Couts Burnett Library.

I have made a multitude of friends within TCU and in the community, and I feel honored to have been the University Librarian and Dean of the Library at this fine institution. I have worked at four universities in my 33-year career and all were good places, but I can say without hesitation that TCU was the best with the finest people, the best friends and colleagues I could have ever hoped for. I will miss all of you very much and I hope that we can keep in touch!

Thank you all for everything you have done for me: your friendship, your many kindnesses, and your support of the library. It means more to me than you can ever imagine.

The next time you are in Chicago, give me a call and come visit! I’ll be waiting.


Photo: Bob Seal, Former Dean of the Library