|Vol. XIX, no. 1||TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition||November 2006|
This is my first column to you as the new Dean. If you have not heard, it is true….I am thrilled to be the Dean of the Mary Couts Burnett Library. Previously as the Associate Dean, I was in a unique position to know how very special this Library is, and how valued it is to the TCU community. Having an opportunity to guide its development in the upcoming years is both humbling and exciting. I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities. You will read elsewhere in Windows some of our news, but one topic that I consider very important is to draw your attention to information about seven new employees, all hired in 2006. Combining this wealth of new talent with skills of our existing staff, makes it easy to understand one of the many reasons for the excellence of the TCU Library.
In the most recent Graduating Senior Survey Report, newly graduate seniors from TCU were asked to respond to a variety of questions about their TCU experiences. One area within the Survey is Academic Support. The library received the most favorable rating with 92% of the respondents rating it as good or very good. One of the more enjoyable aspects of my position is receiving compliments on a job well done and coming from our own students, it was music to my ears.
I would like to draw your attention to a new exhibit that will be hung in the main Lobby later this month. With the able assistance of Susan Swain and others in the Library’s Special Collections department, we have gone back into our library history to create a permanent exhibit in the Lobby. Susan found pictures of each of the previous university librarians, library directors, or library deans since the first library opened at TCU. Next time you visit us, please look over these photographs and learn a little about those who have been instrumental in creating the Library we know today.
How have we been this fall? We have been busy! The turnstiles tell us how many TCU students and faculty enter the Library using TCU ID cards. For the first six weeks of the semester, we averaged over 2,100 people entering the building daily. During this time, we totaled over 87,000 people entering the Library, with more than 7,700 unique IDs. The Library is an important place for the TCU community.
When you visit the Library, please come by my office and say hello!