Together-ness

This morning I attended a Library-wide staff meeting in the Norris University Center. I saw a lot of familiar faces and a lot of new ones. The meeting was led by Sarah Pritchard, Dean of Libraries, starting first by introducing new staff. Next, Clare Roccaforte discussed the launch of the Library's new website. The website is actually separate from the University's overall website, which I found interesting. I also think the redesign is gorgeous, intuitive, visually pleasing to the eye, easily accessible and organized very well. Afterwards, Catherine Grove & John Blosser talked about the implementation of multi-factor authentication on some library resources. It was explained that over the course of a few months, hackers had been attaining old NU username and logins to access journal subscriptions and downloading all sorts of academic papers. The idea of someone going to all that trouble to download papers and journals NEVER crossed my mind. So many questions and what if's went through my head. What a mess that is to clean up, dealing with legalities, technology messes, and staying ahead of the hackers. I have never really appreciated those who keep student, staff and faculty etc information safe, as well as keeping an eye on what is being downloaded. A couple months ago, IU asked for me to download an app that could authenticate one my logins, I didn't quite understand why they had me do it and now I do. 

An update on document management committee was given by Mike Perry, a brief reminder about identity theft protection was given by Sarah, and FOSM updated the library staff on the strange library odors that were appearing due to renovations. All of these topics were interesting and great to hear about but my favorite part of the meeting was the update on the Deering Conceptual Planning. Topics in the outline included Capital project planning, budgeting and review, Committees and its members, fundraising, approvals and other processes, and project constraints. It was made known that for the design of the space that the committee wanted to hear feedback from all library staff no matter what the circumstances were. I thought this was great, working as a team to better serve themselves and their users. The end of the meeting ended on a bittersweet note, Sarah told the staff that she had received an anonymous hate letter, sent to her personal home address. The letter expressed dislike and unhappiness about their job, the library, and its administration. I thought this was sad but Sarah exclaimed that the person who sent the letter is only a part of the problem and that they should have scheduled an appointment with her to discuss issues. She thanked the staff for listening and said thank you to those who come to work with a positive attitude.