Joint Statements

Recommendations for the Future of the Fine Arts Library from Dean Douglas Dempster and Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Lorraine Haricombe to UT Provost Maurie McInnis

On Wednesday April 5, 2018, the Dean of the College of Fine Arts Doug Dempster and Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Lorraine Haricombe published the following letter, which outlines their recommendations based on the Fine Arts Library Task Force report released on April 3. Dean Dempster and Vice Provost Haricombe’s key recommendations are the following:

1. Keep the Fine Arts Library on the Fifth Floor.

2. Improve average retrieval times for materials from remote locations.

3. Renovate and refurbish the 5th floor of DFA to increase shelving capacity, enhance wi-fi performance, increase electrical outlets, and provide furnishings and infrastructure appropriate for a modern research library.

4. Form a standing CoFA faculty and student advisory council to assure transparent communications and to advise on all significant matters affecting collections management in the FAL, including priorities for which materials could be returned to FAL from remote storage.

The Vice Provost and Director of the Libraries will solicit advice from this group on what parts of the collection should be browseable in FAL as opposed to remote storage, needed improvements to the facility, any future repurposing of library space, and staffing needs.

All major units of the college will be represented on this council. The council will be co-chaired by designees of the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and the Vice Provost and Director of UT Libraries.

Read the full letter here:
Recommendation to Provost-FAL Task Force-20180404

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