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UNCP to host UNC System library deans

ULAC meeting
Dr. Dennis M. Swanson, dean of Livermore Library

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will host a meeting Friday of the deans and directors from across the UNC System libraries.

This will be the first time the University Library Advisory Council (ULAC) has met at UNCP. ULAC is composed of the directors of the 17 university libraries and a representative from the UNC System Office.

“The University Library Advisory Council holds a deep commitment to system-wide sharing, collaboration, and leadership,” said Jan Lewis, director of the Joyner Library at East Carolina University and ULAC president. 

“ULAC leverages its combined resources and expertise to advise the UNC System Office and to provide excellent and cost-effective collections, services, and technologies that stimulate creativity, learning, and scholarship. Meeting on campuses across the state helps us achieve this mission, as we learn about both the successes and challenges our members’ experience.”

“We are excited to visit UNC Pembroke and thank Dr. Dennis M. Swanson, dean of Livermore Library, Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings, and UNC Pembroke for hosting the summer ULAC meeting.” 

One of the main objectives is to develop a strategic plan for all of the system libraries. Dr. Anne Moore, dean of the Atkins Library, at UNC Charlotte is leading this effort.

“We are delighted for the opportunity to kick off our strategic planning process for all of the UNC System libraries at UNC Pembroke.” 

ULAC has secured the services of Mark Gogal, interim vice chancellor of Advancement at UNCP, along with Barb Kunz of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, to facilitate the planning process. The goals are to engage in closer system-wide cooperation, resource sharing, training, joint purchasing arrangements, and other strategic initiatives to enhance student success.

The meetings will be held all day on Friday in the Chancellor’s Dining Hall. There will also be a working lunch with the deans of UNC Pembroke meeting with the ULAC members. The ULAC members will also be touring the campus and Livermore Library remodeling work.