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Dupré Digest, Library Newsletter
Fall 2021

Hello, Ragin' Cajuns! I am incredibly pleased to present our inaugural newsletter to you. I welcome everyone to our spaces, technologies, services, and collections. Our expert faculty and staff are focused on helping you succeed here at UL Lafayette and beyond. Dupré Library is for everyone, regardless of major, status or department. Our mission is to facilitate the access to and use of information in all forms—physical and virtual. Our faculty and staff have the knowledge and experience to help you identify information and the technologies to appropriately use it. As we prepare for our future, we look forward to further enhancing the library. To that end, we plan to reconceive our spaces, making them more comfortable and attractive, and enhance their usefulness for learning, studying, and engaging with technology. Our collections will grow in areas that reflect evolving knowledge and scholarship. The library will become a nexus for intellectual and social discovery, digital skills development, and information fluency. We ask you to help us create our future by sharing your thoughts. Do not be afraid to tell us what you would like to see in the library. What are the information resources and technologies that you need to succeed? What kinds of spaces help you to study? How can the library support research (e.g. data services; bibliometrics; publishing services) Can you see the library as a place to learn valuable academic and career skills? Let us know. In the coming months and years, keep an eye out for new spaces and services. I look forward to seeing you.

—Brian Doherty, Dean of University Libraries

Dupré Digest, Library Newsletter
Spring 2022, Issue 1

As we enter an exciting new era at the University, our work begins to develop a library that reflects our status as an R1 institution. This means focusing on supporting the research and learning needs of faculty, students, and staff. Invariably, our collections will grow by incorporating materials that reflect the intensity of the research that happens here, and our services will expand to include support for data management, digital scholarship, publishing, and technology. Our library will also increase teaching and learning support, implement newly reconfigured spaces and state of the art technologies, and enhance the skills and expertise available through our library faculty and staff.

One of the keys for our growth and development is securing resources in order to build collections, retain and develop staff and faculty, implement new research infrastructure that supports faculty research and enables students to become savvy users of the technologies of their professional lives, and create spaces that reflect out offerings and bring people together to learn. Investment in this vision will need to come from a variety of sources, including the state, granting agencies and foundations, and generous donors. Our focus will be on support for teaching and research of our faculty while we work with students to develop skills in identifying, assessing and using information in its various forms.

Let us know what you think about Dupré Library. Your perspectives on our future are important to us as we build the services, collections and spaces that you need to succeed at the newest R1 university and beyond.

—Brian Doherty, Dean of University Libraries

Dupré Digest, Library Newsletter
Spring 2022, Issue 2

One of the questions that I ask people in our community who may employ our students after they graduate is what it is that they expect from their future employees. It is a common question, but one that provides a great deal of insight into employers' thinking about what it is to be a college educated person in the world today. A big part of a college education is developing the ability to examine issues and ideas from a variety of perspectives.

The Library is not just a quiet place to study, nor is it merely a building that houses books and other materials. The Library is a vibrant edifice that changes as knowledge changes and co-locates information and the expertise to discover and use that information.

Now more than ever, we live in a world that expects people to be able to devise solutions to complex problems in short order. Understanding ideas from multiple perspectives is critical to solving these problems and assumes a basic knowledge of many disciplines and how they interact. In our time, we can learn the content of disciplines through technologies that generate and manipulate information.

Libraries serve users from all disciplines—we are discipline agnostic—and our work helps to bridge the gaps between disciplines. The Library is an intellectual nexus that brings together the scientist and the humanist, the engineer and the teacher, the artist and the nurse. Our services, technologies, and collections are available to all regardless of what major, subject, or course. The information technologies that we implement work across disciplines and are useful in addressing the complex issues that we all encounter in the world of work.

As you engage in your research and learning, remember that the University Libraries are here to lend support and expertise to help you accomplish your goals and develop the skills expected of college educated workers. We can also help to guide you to think of your research from many perspectives.

—Brian Doherty, Dean of University Libraries