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Serials-needs project begin initiated

Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 10 - October 29, 1998

The University Libraries wish to announce a new initiative inviting all faculty members to tell us which journals or other serial publications are important to their research and teaching.
This project is an outgrowth of a recommendation in the report of the university-wide Library Serials Committee commissioned by Erv Blythe, vice-president for Information Systems, and chaired by Eileen Hitchingham, dean of University Libraries. The report, "A Proposal for Content, Technologies, and User Informatics for Digital Library Development at Virginia Tech" (http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/VTDLprop.pdf) charged the libraries to work with faculty members to re-define the top publications current faculty members find critical for research and teaching;· determine the costs of delivering the resources needed by the faculty;· and to include this funding information as part of the budget proposal for 1999/2000.
We are asking faculty members to name the journals or other serials such as proceedings, annual reviews, indexes, or databases that are most needed to support teaching, research and other work, regardless of whether we currently hold them.
It will take only a few minutes for faculty members to participate in this project. Please help us to identify the publications you need, as well as to establish an empirical basis for our budget requests, by completing the form available at http://www.lib.vt.edu/journals.html. We would appreciate receiving input before the Thanksgiving break. Full faculty participation is needed.
The University Libraries exist to serve you. They do this best when they understand your needs. We have attempted to establish the most convenient means possible for you to communicate those needs to us, and sincerely hope that every member of the faculty will participate. The collegiate librarians or Principal Bibliographer Paul Metz (extension 1-5663; pmetz@vt.edu) will be glad to answer any questions about this project.