On February 22, 2011, faculty, students and administrators were invited to participate in a discussion sponsored by the Western Libraries. This event, Building the Future of the Library: A Dialogue, was developed based on so called “LibQUAL+ Summits” conducted by other university libraries. The event was as an opportunity for the Western Libraries to gather stake-holder comments and concerns by asking them to address questions relating to data gathered by the 2010 LibQUAL+ Survey of user perceptions and expectations.
The 50+ participants were broken out into 7 small groups. These groups were provided with three discussion questions connected by the over-arching theme that students and faculty have different expectations of the library. Given the difficult fiscal future the university and library faces the Libraries believes that this type of candid conversation can inform planning and future directions.
Comments made by student and faculty participants alike indicated a great deal of appreciation for the opportunity to speak with each other and to the Libraries about the discussion questions that were provided as well as other concerns.
A summary report that contains excerpts from the dialogues was distributed to the participants, Senate Library Committee and library staff on April 15th. That document is now available to the campus community on the Western Libraries web site.