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- Health Science Center Libraries: Integration One Year Later, July 1, 2010
- Russell, Judith
- Place of Publication:
- Gainesville Florida
- George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
- Publication Date:
- August 25, 2010
- Physical Description:
- Integration of the Health Science Center Libraries (HSCL) into the George A. Smathers Libraries took place on July 1, 2009. The integration was implemented according to an October 13, 2008, directive by President Machen. The integrated library systemâ€™s common goal is to assure that integration improves the ability of HSCL to meet the growing information and research needs of Health Science Center students, faculty, researchers, and clinicians. In the short term, this has meant maximizing services and resources through the use of the combined assets and avoiding any diminution in service as a side effect of integration. This report summarizes the results of the first year of operation as a combined library system.
- Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Judith Russell.
- Publication Status:
- Source Institution:
- University of Florida Institutional Repository
- Holding Location:
- University of Florida
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- All rights reserved by the submitter.
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Page 4 RE: Integration One Year Later Another and more serious challenge of integration is maintaining the recognition within the Health Science Center that the core mission of the HSCL remains unchanged exemplary service to the six colleges and associated institutes and centers related to their specific information needs and tied to their goals. Additionally, it is important to convey the fact that through integration the HSCL has expanded its ability to support the clinical enterprise. We have found that integration need not, and should not, distract from that mission. Rather integration should facilitate accomplishment of that mission. This expectation of facilitation has been a constant factor in decision making about the allocation of resources and changes in library policies and procedures since integration. Although there is a consolidated master budget for the Smathers Libraries, we have maintained as separate the funding of the HSCL and developed detailed financial reporting and independent budget gathering for the HSCL. This eliminates any question of the fair and equitable treatment of the HSCL within the integrated system and supports the HSC accreditation processes. The standing of the HSCL and its orientation to the needs of the HSC has been supported by the decision of the Dean of Libraries to establish the HSCL Director at the rank of Associate Dean upon integration. This reflects the standing and autonomy of the HSCL within the integrated library system and assures the Director's participation in the highest level decisions Overall, and as a result of integration, the HSCL is now better equipped to serve its mission and partner with the six HSC colleges with their clinical, research, educational and outreach work. Sincerely, Dean of University Libraries cilia E. Associate Dean George A. Smathers Libraries and Director of Health Science Center Library The Foul/datiol1 for The Gator N(Jt iOIl \n I'lju,1t ll'I'"rlul1ll inslifllti.m