By Mary Toothman
"Polytechnic University will be non-traditional in many ways, but one of the most dramatic alternatives to a typical university setting will be seen in the library. Or, rather, not seen.
When the university opens its doors to students this fall, the library will be almost completely online, although certain hardcover books will be available on an as-needed basis.
Kathryn Miller, director of library services for the school, said the challenge of setting up and planning library services for the polytechnic is a very different and exciting one for her profession, and she is enjoying it. Hired in late January at an annual salary of $95,000, she said it's not every day a librarian has the opportunity to be in on a start-up system like this one.
Her job is to develop and administer library resources and services to support the school's academic programs, faculty teaching and research, and student learning. She will manage budgeting, purchasing and policy development and work to ensure the university's vision aligns with that of the library."