Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Louise's Retirement from SLIS

As you probably already know, our indefatigable School of Library and Information Studies Director, Louise Robbins, will be retiring this summer. What some of you may not know is that Louise first came to SLIS in 1991 as the faculty director of the SLIS Laboratory Library. After the previous Lab Library director retired in 1990, a search began for a replacement faculty member to serve as director. At the time, the Laboratory Library added to it's mission the role of teaching library and the library director replacement needed to be highly attuned to students' learning needs. So, in August of 1991, Louise, who was still a doctoral candidate at Texas Women's University, joined the faculty as director of the library with her job description including implementation of a brand new requirement for master's students -- the practicum. Louise's charge was to develop and supervise practicum experiences for all students and to design projects using the Laboratory Library. I think we all know how that new intiative turned out, don't we? Sadly, in 1997 the Laboratory Library lost Louise as the director, but luckily our school gained her as the department director, and ... the rest is history.

We are all very grateful for the work Louise has done for the SLIS Laboratory Library and the department overall. She is admired and loved and will be genuinely missed.

To honor Louise's legacy of learning and leadership, please consider joining us in a gathering for her in the SLIS Laboratory Library this Friday, April 17, 2009 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. (Program at 5:30 p.m.). We will celebrate and reminisce about Louise's many dedicated years as SLIS director, faculty and, last but not least, director of the Lab Library.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

SLIS Laboratory Library Redesign

Do you have your fall housing lined up yet? Consider a sleeping pod in the new mixed use SLIS Library development, SLOOGLE (SLIS Library Out of the bOx Great Living Environment). All units will retain access to the comfy furniture by the lake windows. Outlet spots on the west side will also remain a “Commons” area, but with a new reservation system. The microforms area will be taken over by Food Fight and while details of the new restaurant are still in the planning stages, the agreement does require 24/7 availability of good coffee. More retail and office space will also become available as we reduce the collection. Besant voiced some concerns but has been voted off the island.
Suggestions? More interested in distance services? Contact the SLOOGLE Team.

Seriously now, SLIS students are not around as much as has been true in the past. As we think about space use and services going forward, what would be helpful for you? Please email mbesant at if you’d like to be part of a planning effort.