to offer this snapshot of the University of Iowa Libraries, a coordinated network of 12 individual facilities that together comprise the University Libraries. This report briefly captures the major trends and developments of fiscal year 2000-2001. Let me call your attention to a few of these: ■ This was a critical year for InfoHawk, our new integrated online system. Considerable time and attention was devoted to this implementation. ■ Rebudgeted tuition money allowed the Libraries to extend hours and increase essential staffing. ■ While we acquired many new collections in electronic format that were consulted extensively, the Libraries ’ print collections continue to be heavily used as well. ■ Over 11,000 individuals participated in our library instruction program. ■ The Libraries continues to be an important resource for the state of Iowa—sharing collections with libraries in nearly all of the 99 countries. ■ Students, faculty, and staff are generally quite satisfied with the Libraries, although according to our 3-year assessment project, some strengthening of collections and upgrading of facilities are still desired. I have enjoyed meeting so many long-time library friends and donors this year. My special thanks to the hard-working, creative staff of the University Libraries who accomplished so much during a year of considerable staff recruitment. Finally, my thanks to everyone at the University for making my transition to the University of Iowa so welcoming. IMPROVEMENTS ■ Beginning this year, the Libraries received $450,000 in tuition money that had formerly been budgeted for certain student activities and services. This money was used to recruit eight positions, expand library hours at all facilities, and increase the starting wages of student employees. ■ Funding from the Parent’s Association, University Coca Cola funds, and salary savings were used to purchase new seating for the undergraduate study area on the second floor of the Main Library. ■ Technology acquisitions for public use include: flat bed and slide scanners in the Art Library; a Microdax reader/scanner at the Rita Benton Music Library; and digital printers in th
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