November 2021

Future UGL Staffing Plans

I’d like to take this opportunity to elaborate on staffing plans and the Main/Undergraduate Library Integration Project. 

The services that we provide to undergraduates are, and will continue to be, an important part of the Library’s offerings. I am excited about the sorts of connections the move of UGL services into Main and other libraries will foster. We’re all part of a larger whole and we’ll work together to ensure all students feel welcome and comfortable in all of our campus libraries, especially when the UGL closes next summer. 

As services transition out of the Undergraduate Library, all of the librarians and staff in the UGL will be moving into the same or related roles in other libraries. There is a place for everyone. Particularly for those who have been concerned about the future of our staff in the UGL, I hope this provides a greater sense of certainty.

There is a working group dedicated to identifying workspaces and transfer destinations for everyone working in the UGL. That work is being led by Susan Breakenridge, Assistant Dean for Business & Human Resources. The group has identified a timeline and process for transfers, and is working to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for UGL staff. Once staff are paired with their new units, opportunities for cross-training will kick-off. 

While we do not have all the answers presently, please know that we are being careful and thoughtful moving forward. Our teams will share information as they progress through their work and will invite feedback from colleagues throughout the Library. It’s important to have open dialogue throughout the process and I hope you will reach out if you have any questions or something is unclear.

Finally, I encourage you to refer to the UGL Updates web page regularly for the most up-to-date information; it was created to serve as a central point of reference for all.

John Wilkin
The Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian