122 · Representative Documents: Regional Accrediting Agency Reports
University of Colorado at Boulder
Examples of University Libraries Evidence for Criteria 1, 3, 4, 5 of the North Central Association Higher
Learning Commission Requirements for Re-accreditation 2010
The Preservation and Access Service Center for Colorado Academic Libraries
(PASCAL) is a high-efficiency storage facility on the UCDHSC Anschutz campus
funded by the Colorado Legislature to help reduce library operational costs for the
Auraria Library at UCD, Denison Memorial Library at the HSC, UCB Libraries, and the
libraries of the University of Denver. Valuable but low-demand research materials are
stored in the temperature and humidity controlled environment to provide more usable
space at the libraries’ main sites. A second storage bay is now under construction.
Materials are provided rapidly via courier upon request by researchers or via digital
delivery to the desktop. The success of digital delivery in this context has led to an
expansion of electronic desktop service for additional materials.
Despite the Libraries ranking in the bottom of its AAU comparison group in terms of
staffing, the Libraries takes an active role in the provision of and instruction for
electronic sources. Through direct reference assistance, course-integrated instruction,
information literacy initiatives, credit courses, and online guides, students are supported
in their effective use of information technology. Because electronic access to
information resources is so critical to student success, the Libraries collaborates actively
with state, regional, and national organizations to leverage funding. Because the
Libraries ranking is also in the bottom of its AAU comparison group in terms of
collections expenditures, internal budget reallocations have been required for the
Libraries to expand costly online holdings.
The Libraries is a state and national leader in the digitization of resources to enhance
access, creating the metadata standard and architecture for the Colorado Digitization
Project (CDP), and receiving several CDP grants for digitization projects, including
Aerial Photography of Colorado, Ben Gray Lumpkin Folk Music Project, Building
Colorado Story by Story: The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Company, and Digital Sheet
Music Collection. Many other projects are in-process or planned for the future.
The University of Colorado Digital Library (CU-DL) is a gateway to digital collections
from University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries and University of Colorado academic
units, as well as digital collections from other institutions that use Luna Insight software.
The University Libraries Digital Asset Library (DIAL—a subset of CU-DL) is a web site
for University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries' digital collections.
Team technology rooms in the Norlin, Business, and Engineering libraries are popular
among students and more are included in the Norlin Learning Commons, as well as new
electronic classrooms. Upgrades to existing tech rooms and classrooms are also included.
The Libraries are now completely wireless.
Most course reserves are now provided electronically by the Libraries.