Dean’s Update – 3/6/19

Dean’s Update – March 6, 2019

Open Education Events:  Yang Wu and others have put together a slate of Open Education Events for the next two weeks (March 4 – 13).  A full list can be found at  Of particular note are presentations by Dr. Mills Kelly, Digital Historian at George Mason at 11:30am this Friday, March 8, and by Jeff Gallant, Program Manager for Affordable Learning Georgia next Wednesday, March 13 at Noon.  All are taking place in the Brown Room. Please share this information with Clemson students and faculty.

Positions:  The Programming and Engagement Diversity Resident position has been advertised –  We are targeting newly minted librarians from underrepresented groups and thus are reaching out to MLS and MLIS programs across the country.  If you know of anyone who would be good, please share this advertisement with them.  Applications are received by April 22, 2019 are guaranteed consideration.

Financial Support:  We’ve been gaining some good support for organizations outside of the Libraries.

  • Along the monies received from CUSG to add electrical to the third floor, we received an additional $11,500 to pay for the purchase of furniture to outfit a Makerspace satellite on fifth floor, along with three additional bone kits for checkout to anatomy students.
  • The Provost’s Office is providing $100,000 for the purchase of new furniture for sixth floor.

Collection Moves:  Calculations completed by the Journal Move Task Force show that once we have moved over the bound journals from fifth and sixth floor, we will technically have filled up the current high density storage footprint in the Depot.  As a result, there are two initiatives we are launching:

  • Depot Collections Space Freeze: Due to the volume of materials being moved offsite as part of the Journal Move Project currently taking place in Cooper Library, all remaining storage space in Offsite Shelving is reserved.  Volumes to be sent to Offsite Shelving according to existing retention schedules in holdings records may be relocated as usual since they will have minimal impact on space, but please postpone any other planned material relocations until the project is finished and space in Offsite Shelving has been reassessed.
  • Request for Additional Space: I have reached out to Phil Landreth, Director of Academic Facilities Planning and Operations, and we have a tentative agreement to gain additional space in the Depot building.  The space acquired would be roughly 7000 square feet in addition to the 10,000 square feet we already have.  This would allow us room to grow and move the bound journals from first floor and other materials from Cooper as desired.

Rick Moul Visit:  Rick Moul, Executive Director of PASCAL, will be visiting us on Monday, April 15.  During his visit, he’ll be presenting to you all at 10am in Cooper 309 (and beamed electronically to the Depot) about PASCAL’s initiatives and will take questions regarding the migration to Alma.

Building Planning Update:  Over the last month I, along with the deans and other campus leadership, have been participating in the development of a University Research and Learning Capital Plan. The process, led by the firm AECOM (, is meant to forecast the need for academic and learning facilities based on Clemson’s planned growth through 2030 when we are predicted to have 30,000 students.  During this process I have been advocating for the renovation of Cooper and the potential development of other library locations to make sure we are able to provide the learning and study space needed to accommodate this growth.  The process will be done soon and we’ll see what the final report recommends.

In parallel to this, Clemson Facilities is currently receiving proposals from architectural firms to conduct our master planning process.

Headshots:  Craig Mahaffey, one of the Clemson University photographers, will be on hand to take professional headshots of any of you who would like one.  As part of the Libraries’ web site update, I’d like to include pictures in the staff directory so we can be more recognizable to students and faculty on campus.  This will also allow you to have professional photos on hand to add to press releases about your accomplishments, etc.  Craig will be in Cooper on 3/25 from 10:00AM-12:00PM in the Dean’s conference room and at the Depot on 3/26 from 10AM-12:00PM in the Depot conference room 101.  We’ll send out more information to you as the event gets closer.  I hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity.

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