Friday, May 13, 2011

Upcoming changes and improvements in FLITE


Ferris State University's FLITE faculty and staff members celebrated its 10th year in the FLITE building a few weeks ago as part of our National Library Week.

As is fitting at the time of a milestone anniversary, all full-time faculty and staff in FLITE spent the fall semester conducting an internal core review to reflect on what has changed over the past 10 years, evaluate the current state of FLITE, determine trends and best practices at peer libraries, and make recommendations to Fritz Erickson, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, for the next decade of library services at Ferris.

Although a full implementation plan is still in development, there are many changes and enhancements in services that are already underway, particularly regarding collections and space.

Some of our goals are to:
  • move the most heavily used collections into the most visible spaces
Specialized reference material such as the print legal collection will be moved to the lower level, and the main collection books currently shelved in the lower level will be moved to the first floor where the reference collection is currently housed.
  • unite the bound periodicals that are currently split in multiple locations
The print government documents collection will be moved to the lower level so that all of our print periodicals can be united on second floor.
  • prune the reference and circulating collections of out-of-date and out-of-scope materials
As information becomes increasingly digitized and readily available from any location, the need for extensive print reference collections that can only be used in the library is significantly reduced. By the end of the summer, we anticipate that many titles in the reference collection will be transferred to the circulating collections. Other titles, for example print indexes that have become out-of-date and superseded by online databases, will be removed from the shelves.
  • free up some small rooms to be re-purposed as additional group study spaces for students.
These are just a few of the more visible changes and improvements we anticipate over the next several months.

1 comment:

  1. If anyone is interested in reading more about what's going on in FLITE, check out the FLITE Review Hub: