September 10, 1999 . The electronic newsletter of the University Library, University of South Alabama, published irregularly as a service to the University Community.

From the Director

The start of a new academic year on any university campus always seems to bring about a sense of excitement, particularly as new students and faculty begin the semester. The beginning of the 1999/2000 academic year has already proven to be for me one of the most stimulating of my thirty year library career.

As one of the new university administrators at USA, I have found this academic year especially exciting because new programs and activities are being discussed and established across campus. President Moulton is encouraging positive change and growth at all levels of university life.

The library, for example, is in the process of replacing its mainframe computer based library automation system with a state-of-the-art client/server system this semester. The library will also be adding new full-text article delivery databases. JSTOR, for example, provides full-text going back to the first issue and up to the mid-1990s for over 100 journal titles. The impact of advances in computing technology and telecommunications on library services has truly been revolutionary. Discussions with architects about renovating the current facility and building an addition have been taking place this summer as well. This new facility will better incorporate the new technologies into how library staff acquire, catalog, circulate, and provide reference and other library services and electronic resources to students, staff, and faculty both on- and off-campus.

I encourage students, staff, and faculty of the University of South Alabama to discuss with me your information and library needs or ideas, and other feedback that you would like to provide. I will be only too happy to visit with student organizations, faculty departments, alumni, and others about how the University Libraries can improve library resources and services in 2000 and beyond.

Richard Wood



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