Purdue System Library Working Group

The unification at PNW and the coming separation of IU and Purdue at IPFW are resulting in significant changes at those campuses. For the libraries at Purdue Northwest, soon-to-be Purdue Fort Wayne, and Purdue West Lafayette, these changes come at a time when libraries are in flux as more materials are digitized. These circumstances create an opportunity for a Purdue System Library Working Group to explore strategies to more fully integrate the three libraries.

As a commitment to positive change, the Purdue University Office of the Provost has created a Purdue System Library Working Group.

Principles for the work of this group include:

The goal—Enhance the research and learning at each campus


   Libraries are crucial to the work of universities


   Faculty and students at each campus need quick and easy access to information and materials


   The campus members on this group are committed to collaboration


   The workloads of faculty and staff in the libraries will be considered and their input will be valued


   Communication with faculty/staff/students is important


Members of the task force:

  • Rebecca Richardson, Assistant Dean for Collections and Access (West Lafayette)
  • Scott Brandt, Interim Associate Dean for Research (West Lafayette)
  • Alexis Macklin, Dean (Purdue Fort Wayne))
  • Tammy Guerrero, Director of University Libraries (Purdue Northwest)
  • Rob Wynkoop, Managing Director Procurement Services will represent the Office of the Treasurer (West Lafayette)
  • Candiss Vibbert, Associate Provost for Special Initiatives, will represent the Provost Office (West Lafayette)

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Excerpted questions include

The Purdue System Library Working Group is asked to explore the following points:

  • What are the services that PFW will be losing by leaving the IU Library System?What are the services or information resources that PFW needs from West Lafayette or PNW?
  • What services or relationships are needed that would improve library services at PNW?
  • What are the potential benefits of such a system structure in terms of enhanced services,broader access to collections, potential cost savings, and other benefits?
  • Are there any perceived disadvantages or costs to operating as a system library?How might these issues be managed if the system library is launched?
  • What is the desirable library management system, e.g., Ex Libris? How can it be configured to provide easy and equitable access to information resources throughout the Purdue System Library?
  • Is access to all on-line resources required across the Purdue System Library, that is,is the need for access the same on all three campuses? If so, what are the cost implications? What are the staffing implications? How can library faculty and staff benefit from the Purdue System Library?
After the data is provided to answer these questions, the larger more inclusive questions follow:


What would a system library look like in terms of organizational structure; shared services, IT backbone, campus responsibilities etc.? If there are multiple options, please outline the most interesting, viable alternatives.


What investments, one-time and recurring, would be necessary to develop the Purdue System Library?


How does a steady state budget for the Purdue System Library compare to the current provision of library services (FY18) on the three separate operating budgets for the campuses?


If the Purdue System Library is pursued, what would be the timeline for actions and investments? What are the key milestones?

Questions and comments to assist the work of this group are encouraged

At PNW Tammy Guerrero tsguerre@pnw.edu
At IPFW Alexis Macklin macklina@ipfw.edu
At PWL Rebecca Richardson rarichar@purdue.edu

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