University Libraries Strategic Planning Process records
Scope and Contents
This collection contains the records of University at Buffalo Libraries' short-term strategic planning process from November 2001.
Language of Materials
Collection material in English.
Terms of Access
University Libraries Strategic Planning Process records, 2001-2008, are open for research.
Academic records: University records are public records and once fully processed are generally open to research use. Access to student and personnel records is restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. See reference staff for details. No restrictions on access apply to published records. The restriction of university records is subject to compliance with applicable laws, including the Freedom of Information Act. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the archives' usual procedures unless otherwise specified.
Between 2001 and 2005, a Strategic Planning Process involved all staffs in the University Libraries. It focused on knowing what other research libraries were doing in several key areas and how, as organization, the University Libraries planned to approach those same areas. Emphasis was placed on having a better informed staff who could be expected to help address the challenges facing research libraries in the 21st century.
- University of Buffalo founded. Medical Library established.
- Law School Library established.
- Courses in liberal arts first offered at the University and a general library collection begins.
- Ruth Bartholomew appointed first librarian.
- Library Committee of the University of Buffalo Council consists of Mrs. Edward H. Butler, Philip Becker Goetz, and George D. Crofts.
- In December, the main library moves from Foster Hall to Hayes Hall. The Chemistry and Pharmacy collections remain in Foster, forming a departmental library.
- Science Library formed in Foster Hall, combining natural sciences, chemistry, pharmacy, and medical books. Thomas B. Lockwood contributes money for the erection of the Lockwood Memorial Library.
- Charles D. Abbot named Director of Libraries.
- In April, Lockwood Memorial Library opened for use. In May, Formal dedication of Lockwood Library.
- "The Friends of Lockwood Memorial Library" formed.
- Poetry Collection established; the Council authorized the Chancellor to request the assistance of the Carnegie Corporation in developing a manuscript collection of American and British poets from 1880 to the present.
- Lockwood Library becomes a depository for the publications of the Atomic Energy Commission.
- Polish Collection established. The post of Assistant Director of Libraries is created and filled by James Heslin on March 1.
- Major administrative changes occur.
- Chemistry Library established.
- Health Science Library created through the combination of the libraries of Medicine, Dentistry, Biology, Nursing, and Pharmacy.
- University of Buffalo becomes part of the State University of New York.
- Lockwood Library becomes a depository library for United States Government documents. Lockwood Library obtains the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF.)
- University Archives established.
- Mathematics Library opened.
- Engineering Library, Physics Library, and Geology and Geography collections merged to become the Science and Engineering Library.
- University Libraries join the Association of Research Libraries.
- One Millionth volume added to the collections.
- Music Library opened.
- Undergraduate Library (UGL) established. Central Technical Services (CTS) formed.
- Architecture and Environmental Design Library Opened. (Now called Architecture and Planning Library)
- Dedication of Lockwood Memorial Library on the North Campus.
- Two million volume added to the collections.
- Geac automated circulation System implemented.
- Center for Book Preservation opened.
- BISON (Buffalo Information System Online) inaugurated.
- Digital library initiative is begun.
- BISON implemented with public graphical interface workstations.
- Electronic reserves were introduced and the Library Help Center in UGL provided assistance and offered workshops on e-mail, creating home pages, and word processing.
- A CrossPlex-enabled online catalog provided web access to the NOTIS OPAC.
Taken from Commemoration of the Three Millionth Volume at the University of Buffalo's website.
1 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes)
In November 2001, the University at Buffalo Libraries embarked on a short-term strategic planning process. This collection contains the records of that process.
This collection is arranged in five series: I. Strategic Planning Process, II. Environmental scans, III. Strategic Planning Action Groups, IV. Core Planning Group (CPG), and V. Town Forum minutes and reports.
The University Libraries Strategic Planning Process records, 2001-, were donated to the University Archives by the University Libraries in 2005.
Accruals and Additions
Further accruals are expected to this collection.
Processed by William Offhaus, June 2005.
- Academic libraries -- Aims and objectives -- New York (State) -- Buffalo
- Academic libraries -- New York (State) -- Buffalo -- Planning
- Library planning -- New York (State) -- Buffalo
- Minutes (administrative records)
- Research libraries -- New York (State) -- Buffalo -- Planning
- State University of New York at Buffalo -- Archives
- Strategic planning -- New York (State) -- Buffalo
- State University of New York at Buffalo. University Libraries (Contributor, Organization)
- Finding Aid for the University Libraries Strategic Planning Process records
- Finding aid prepared by William Offhaus.
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