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Stanley Wilder
swilder2@uncc.edu
Phone: 704-687-3110
Director's Blog  
 
A recent conversation with a faculty member placed me in the awkward position of responding to a deeply-felt argument in support of stack serendipity. Disagreeing feels like heresy, if only for the immense investment in space and staff that research libraries have put into the physical collocation of scholarship.
 
And I don’t disagree—stack serendipity remains beautiful and productive. My reservation is that its position has been seriously eroded on all sides—e-books and journals, remote/compact storage, interdisciplinarity, and inter-institutional collection sharing all reduce the effectiveness of shelf scanning. Meanwhile, digital search and digital content have created vast and powerful new opportunities for experiencing the surprise of unexpected but useful connections.

Sincerely,





This perfectly reasonable question turns out to be unanswerable, if by answer we mean a number, or even a formula. The best I can offer is this: if we assume that reference librarians primarily provide student academic support, then the library should look for guidance to the University’s undergraduate market niche.
 
UNC Charlotte is a good example. UNCC is a large, residential public university with a strong research component. Prospective students have limitless options to choose from, and those that choose UNCC are “voting” for a face-to-face educational experience that gives them routine contact with real, live educators. Outsourced or online-only reference would cut against the UNCC brand, hence a staff of expert reference librarians seems obvious. How many? The administrator in me says “more than we’ve got!”

Sincerely,





The ground floor collaborative space needs a name, and names require money.
 
If ever there were a charitable gift that qualified as an opportunity, this is it. As the only space on campus designed to support students working together, this space will consist of 20,000 square feet, open 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Beautifully furnished and dotted with innovative technologies, it will instantly become a fixture of the student experience at UNC Charlotte-- a point of reference for future alumni, the place they associate with becoming who they are and what they’ve achieved. The [Your Name Here] Library. Who wouldn’t want to be so closely tied to the future success of 6,000+ graduates per year? 

Sincerely,