Although there’s a week before the official turning of the calendar, it feels as though the year already has drawn to its end. The solstice was Friday, and though I still awake in the dark, I have the satisfaction of knowing that each day has slightly more daylight than the one before. The University and University Library are closed for their seasonal days. When we return to work, it will be 2008. Even though our fiscal and academic calendars are at the halfway point, it is a new season – the fall and winter terms are very different for the campus, and for us.
This time of year promotes reflection as well as speculation. I’m proud of what we have done this year. We’ve accomplished a lot – strengthened our liaison program, built new partnerships with the research community, and been awarded our first outreach subcontracts. Looking ahead, we’ll be challenged to continue to develop our programs in those areas at the same time we address the changing nature of our collections, our space, and our work.
The library has been welcomed as a participant and partner in discussions of new curricula, new educational space, and expanded distance education. We’re at the table for discussions around informatics, translational science, and information infrastructure. We’re forging partnerships in the community with the district library, the literacy council, and the Center for Independent Living, with opportunities for many, many more such ventures. We have grant funding for some programs and proposals pending for others, for projects ranging from exploring the role of the informationist to bringing scientists and the public together to talk about clinical research.
In 2008, open access will be the law of the land, at least in biomedicine and at least for a year. And that’s only the beginning of what we know about our future.
I’ll continue to reflect, and continue to plan during this pause in activity. I wish you health and happiness in the year ahead, and your own time to reflect, plan, and progress over the next twelve months.