January 19, 2022

Partnership in PA: Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh Collaborate To Enhance Library Services

From a Joint News Release:

In an email to the Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh communities today (Dec. 2), CMU President Subra Suresh and Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced a collaboration among the school’s library systems to better respond to the evolving needs of its respective campuses in eduation and research.

The partnership, led by Keith Webster, dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon, and Ronald Larsen, dean of the School of Information Sciences at Pitt, will explore how best to leverage the expertise and resources across each university to improve library services for students, faculty, staff and alumni at each institution.

From the Letter:

Research libraries are undergoing a dramatic transformation. New technologies, expanding digital collections, demand for new services, and changes in the publication industry continue to alter the landscape for academic libraries. Yet, in the face of these changes, the demand for library services has never been greater. Today, librarians are immersed in education, data management, creating hands-on experiences for students, research and professional practice. They are fully engaged in the creation and curation of educational and scholarly resources not only for the campus community, but also the global alumni community of the university and beyond. It has never been more difficult for any single library system to cover the areas of expertise required to meet current and emerging needs. We must begin seeking ways to meet the needs of students and faculty through creative collaboration.

With this in mind, CMU and Pitt are exploring how we can leverage our history of close collaboration and partnership to enhance library services for both campuses. The new leadership at both universities and the end-of-year retirement of Rush G. Miller, Director of the University Library System at Pitt, make this the right time to explore ways to take advantage of the concentration of library expertise and resources across both universities.

Read the Complete Announcement and Letter

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.