FALL 2012

BC Libraries: Value Beyond Discovery

Welcome back! We've been busy while you were gone and most of what we've been doing should reflect things we heard from you before the spring term ended. The most evident change has occurred on Level One in the O'Neill Library. This floor has been part of an ongoing transformation for the past several years. This summer we removed the old blue shelving and replaced it with open, mixed landscape seating. The new space takes advantage of natural light, and provides comfortable seating and diner-style study booths. Moreover, Level One also has a new open collaboration room that has been created with moveable furniture and floor to ceiling white boards. Yes, you can write on the walls. No reservations necessary!

We also implemented Alma, a new integrated library system. Alma uses cutting-edge cloud-based technology and provides a solid technical infrastructure that will enable us to better manage our resources and build innovative new library services. Later this year, we plan to begin developing personalized online library content and services which use the Alma platform, and we will certainly be soliciting your feedback and suggestions. We realize that there have been some bumps in the road as we have moved forward with the new system. This is to be expected, as the Alma implementation is the culmination of a three-year development partnership between Boston College and Ex Libris, and we are the first library in the world to go live with the system. We continue to work closely with our partners to ensure that we build digital library services commensurate with the BC Library motto: "Value Beyond Discovery."

In addition to these two higher profile projects, we have been increasingly collaborative with faculty and students, providing research consultation, courses and learning opportunities with our special collections, and a redoubling of our efforts to make the libraries the very best possible in terms of spaces, services and collections.

As always, we value your suggestions and observations.

Tom Wall
University Librarian