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Archive for Sunday, July 4, 1999

LOOKING IT UP NOW EASIER THAN EVER AT KU LIBRARIES

July 4, 1999

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The libraries at Kansas University seek ways to make information readily accessible to students.

Kansas University students don't have to look far for information. The KU library system has a lot to offer and is continually looking for ways to make it even easier for the people who use the libraries.

William Crowe, vice chancellor for information services and dean of libraries, said the staffs at the libraries were on hand to help students and faculty find and use the information in the library.

"We feel that our welcoming staff is there to help students," Crowe said. "Most people have never been in a library as big and complex as ours. People are not born understanding the system. We want to open our doors as wide as we can to encourage people to make use of one of the best libraries in the United States."

The staff offers workshops on the libraries early in the semester to help students get acquainted, but unfortunately these seminars do not see high numbers, Crowe said. Nevertheless, the library staff stands prepared to help students get through their projects and assignments.

Crowe believes the library, in addition to being a source of specific information, is a forum where people can discover new things and delight in learning.

"There are few universal stations where everyone shares a resource," Crowe said. "The libraries are the crossroads of the university. We have a record of human experience for you to sample."

As an example, Crowe said the Spencer Research Library has an exhibit on the '60s, where people can look back in time.

"It's a wonderful exhibit," Crowe said. "Its contents are an unusually rich record of that time."

Of course, technology has played a role in influencing the way society views information today. Crowe said the traditional library is a place, but the World Wide Web is an endless library.

"People can use the library as a gateway pathway to using the world's knowledge online," Crowe said.

The library system at KU includes Anschutz Science Library, Murphy Art & Architecture Library, Spahr Engineering Library, Government Documents Library, Law Library, T.R. Smith Map Collection, Thomas Gorton Music Library, Spencer Research Library and Watson Library.

-- Regina Cassell's phone message number is 832-7189. Her e-mail address is rcassell@ljworld.com.

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