The Library is the recipient of a federally funded grant to engage over the course of the upcoming year in developing a comprehensive technology plan that will support the Academic Commons vision. The grant, awarded in the amount of $29,920.00, is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
The technology plan will be developed to support an informed, efficient, and fiscally responsible approach to the design of an enhanced and technology-enriched library learning environment, supporting creativity, innovation, and experimentation. It is especially welcome as the College furthers exploration of digital pedagogy and scholarship through The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant awarded last fall. The Library will be advised throughout this effort by Eugene Spencer, a nationally recognized consultant to higher education information technology and library communities.
Spencer came highly recommended by Library strategic planning consultant Maureen Sullivan. He focuses on areas of organizational effectiveness, organizational design, leadership development, work redesign, quality customer service, collaborative planning between IT and library organizations, and synergies between people, information and technology. He currently is the Chief Information Officer at Ursinus College, which like Guilford is a small, residential liberal arts college experiencing similar developmental and organizational change within the areas of library and information technology services. His consultancy role will be vital to the community building aspects of the project.