In response to recent questions and concerns regarding the TransformUS project associated with reconfiguring university libraries, and specifically with regard to concerns with the Law Library, we wanted to share and give our support to the following joint statement from the Sanjeev Anand, dean of law and Vicki Williamson, dean of the library. Brett and Greg
What is proposed in the University Library’s consolidation of print collections and services project is the latest stage in a decade-long transformation that has involved a shift from providing space for books to providing space for students.
The reconfiguration of campus libraries will further consolidate print collections and services. In the project the Law Library is not slated as one of the three-full service libraries. This has led some to conclude that the Law Library will be closed, there will be no library services, etc. What is proposed is a reconfiguration within resources available or that is, being fiscally prudent.
We are in the very early stages of the planning related to the Law Library. Before the plan is completed, there will be extensive consultation with all key stakeholders, including law students, College of Law faculty, and alumni. Our goal is to formulate a plan that simultaneously addresses the University’s fiscal concerns while ensuring that the University Library remains able to support the law school’s mission of pedagogy and scholarship as well as its sense of community. In addition, the university, the University Library and the College of Law will work closely to ensure that library-related accreditation criteria are met. A great university and a great law school deserve nothing less.
While what this reconfiguration will fully entail is not known, there will continue to be study space for students within what is the current law library space. In addition, students, faculty and practitioners will continue to have access to core legal resources of high demand material on site.
Vicki Williamson, dean, University Library
Sanjeev Anand, dean, College of Law