Information Update - Fall 2002

From the Library Dean

Welcome to the fall 2002 semester. This spring, the Library Advisory Committee formed an Automation Subcommittee to assist the Library in evaluating and choosing from among the leading integrated library systems (ILS) being used in academic libraries. The committee and other members of the Library staff, and University faculty and staff attended demos of three ILS systems.
Feedback from committee members and other demo attendees helped narrow the field to two vendors. This summer, a group of Library faculty and administrators will make several site visits to view both systems in operation. In early fall 2002, the committee will make its final decision and develop plans for implementation of the new system during summer 2003. As you return to campus this fall, take a look at our new Distance Learning Services web page ( As distance learners, students may need to access materials (books and journals, magazines, or newspaper articles) using our special document delivery services. Document delivery is available only to students who are currently enrolled in a web-based course through Dexter Hanley College. On this page are links to the various services and resources available to distance learners and links to "Distance Learning: Library Information and Policies." We welcome your feedback. A special Friend of the Weinberg Library passed away during the spring semester. Roy Davis was the first President of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library and a true leader and gentleman in every sense of the word. His passion and love for libraries and education helped support the Weinberg Library during the past decade. We are most pleased that his legacy will be preserved in the new Hill-Davis Jesuit Collection, recently named in honor of Father Davis and Father William B. Hill, and in the Friends of the Weinberg Library Distinguished Author Award, recently renamed the Rev. Royden B. Davis, S.J. Distinguished Author Award. We miss you, Roy. You will live forever in our hearts.
Charles E. Kratz, Library Director
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