. . . much of the university’s attention has focused on the Presidential Library. . . .
SMU’s existing libraries, however, have not received much consideration or funding. For years, SMU’s libraries have been underfunded . . . Over the past five years, the SMU Faculty Senate Library Subcommittee has released reports documenting a shortage of academic materials . . . Recently, the Board of Trustees approved a $4.8 million bond package as part of a planned $18 million package of improvements for the Fondren Library Center Complex, according to Dean Gillian McCombs, director of the Central University Libraries. . . . However, McCombs . . . said the money would be used to renovate SMU libraries, not to replenish research materials. Many SMU faculty members wonder when the university will demonstrate its commitment to fund the “academic achievement” . . . .
As the University continues to embrace the digital age, libraries have undergone a dramatic transformation in order to keep up with students’ needs and preference “The landscape has changed,” said Edwin Quist, associate University librarian for...
Assessing Campus LibrariesInside Higher EdStudents are satisfied overall with the role academic libraries play in their lives, but more than a third of them do not see the libraries as crucial to their academic success, according to a new survey.
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