in a process, not a document, which would help us envision our future at
UCLA.4 That plan still provides the foundation from which we are developing
new futures for the UCLA Library.
As we think about the future, we have affirmed the overall strategic
directions laid out in our strategic plan and have added two more: (1) build and
operate a responsible organization, and (2) develop a research agenda for the
library. A major impetus for this has been the library’s response to academic and
administrative restructuring since we straddle both sides within the UCLA
community. As I mentioned, we began consolidation and merger of “behind the
scenes” operations in 2002. Technical services functions of acquisitions, serials,
and cataloging as well as interlibrary loan were examined. As those plans were
implemented, we were able to reduce the number of staff positions that had
traditionally supported these functions. We protected the baseline acquisitions
budget, and those positions remaining in the consolidated operations were
redefined. Anyone who has gone through this experience knows that that is
no easy task as work within a unionized environment requires a good deal
of consultation and discussion. From that initial process, the Cataloging and
Metadata Center was born, which has developed to provide broad-based
support for the description of unique holdings, to partner with academic faculty
on digital projects to create metadata, and to tackle various backlogs of
monographs and serials so they are discoverable by faculty and students.
In 2006 sciences acquisitions was merged into this consolidated operation,
in 2008–09 acquisitions for the Management Library was added, and planning is
underway for the same in the Music Library. When the head of the Sciences and
Engineering Libraries retired, responsibility for oversight of all of the sciences,
including the Biomedical Library was centralized under one Associate
University Librarian. We took that same approach when the head of the arts and
music libraries retired. There were a number of librarian reassignments to fill
gaps in various disciplines across campus. New units were created to support
licensing and digital content management as well as to establish a full-scale
preservation office for the first time in UCLA Library history.
In 2009 five special collections units were combined into a new UCLA Library
Special Collections. While collections were not relocated, this allowed for integra-
tion of various “behind the scenes operations” as well as public services in order
to better support this growing area of concentration. A new department head was
on board by March 2010 and is working to address these integration issues.
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