From the University Librarian's Corner

This year marked my fifth year at Boston College. In that time I feel we’ve created a culture that continues to strive to greatness, and as an organization has accomplished several wonderful milestones. We have created better quality control with our personnel practices, implemented ALMA, our gate counts continue to grow, our special collections are increasingly relevant to our faculty and students, our digitization program has emerged as robust and responsive, we’re collaborating extensively across campus and all our services are adding value in subtle and overt ways. I could not be more proud of our combined efforts. We have changed the ways people look at the BC Libraries and exceeded everyone’s expectations but our own.

All organizations that strive for greatness need to pause occasionally and take time for honest introspection. Such reflection provides the opportunity to critically examine ourselves, and then allows us to redouble our efforts. In the coming year we will continue to improve, and I have posed three basic questions about our work and value. Namely, is what we’re doing right for the customers, is it good for BC and is it the right thing to do?  These questions will provide a baseline for us to assess what we have accomplished, what we are doing now and will also lay the groundwork for our future strategic initiatives.

As always, please feel free to contact me with concerns, ideas and suggestions.

Thank you all for another great year, and best wishes for a restful and healthy summer.

Tom Wall
University Librarian