Keeping the Library at the Forefront of the University's Outreach Agenda

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How do programs and exhibits translate into the University Libraries being a key player in the University’s efforts to bridge the gap between town and gown? How does this help add to the pipeline of potential prospects and new donors the Libraries might not otherwise be able to reach? With the opening of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center in 2008, the libraries at the University of Nevada, Reno found themselves thrust into a new role. The Knowledge Center’s extensive galleries, lobbies, auditorium and gracious reading rooms needed to be programmed. The Knowledge Center is now host to many high profile events for the campus and community – events planned by Library faculty and staff or organized in collaboration with colleges and units across campus. DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library has also undergone a radical change and is now a center for the makerspace movement in the community. All of this has created opportunities for the Libraries to build relationships with potential new donors, outside of the normal channels through central development. The Libraries are also playing an increasingly significant role in the University’s outreach efforts.

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  • 1. Keeping the Library at the Forefront of the Universitys Outreach Agenda Kathlin L. Ray Dean of Libraries and Teaching & Learning Technologies Millie Mitchell Development Director University of Nevada, Reno ALADN Conference, Kansas City, May 2014

2. The challenge: moving from this 3. and this 4. Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center A pioneering information environment designed to nurture creativity and stimulate intellectual inquiry. to this 5. Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center New knowledge, applied to existing tasks, results in increased productivity. New knowledge applied to new challenges and tasks is fundamental to innovation. 6. Recognizing this critical interplay between knowledge and innovation, the University of Nevada, Reno has established one of the first centers in the nation built specifically to embrace these dynamics of the 21st century. Steven Zink, VP for IT and Dean of Libraries Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center 7. 20th century values 8. The DevelopmentDirectorsDilemma Extensive galleries and wall space Exhibit cases and art niches Beautiful reading rooms Soaring atrium and spacious lobbies Auditorium w/ event space Great opportunities! Whats the problem? 9. Director of Development not a soul student assistant 10. New building, new spaces, new uses No staff for galleries, exhibits and events Marching orders: fundraising! (not events) Librarians unsure of new roles Budget cuts in 2008 And again in 2011 The DevelopmentDirectorsDilemma,contd 11. Solution: start small 1. Identify motivated individuals Librarians and staff, anyone interested Alumni with art expertise Friends of the Library 2. Partner with other campus units 3. Commit to marketing/communications - PT 4. Hire graphic designer (student!) 5. Take advantage of every opportunity 12. Identifymotivatedindividuals 13. Identifymotivatedindividuals 14. Identifymotivatedindividuals 15. Identifymotivatedindividuals 16. Identifymotivatedindividuals 17. Partnerwith campusgroups 18. Partner with community groups 19. Take advantageof every opportunity 20. University of Nevada, Reno Range Club presents Will Roger Burning Man Project Founding Member and Director of Nevada Relations Free Presentation: Managing Black Rock City and the Spread of Its Culture Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 7 p.m. Wells Fargo Auditorium Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center University of Nevada, Reno Seating is limited; reservations required For reservations and information: http://www.cabnr.unr.edu/burningman/ or 775-200-5666 Held in cooperation with Burning Inquiry, a programof the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center If you have any comments or want more information about the University Libraries and the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, please e-mail Millie Mitchell: mimitchell@unr.edu. 21. Solution: start small 1. Identify motivated individuals 2. Partner with other campus units 3. Commit to marketing/communications - PT 4. Hire graphic designer (student!) 5. Take advantage of every opportunity 22. DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library 23. DeLaMare Library, Spring 2010 24. DeLaMare Library, Spring 2010 25. Enter: Tod Colegrove, change agent 26. Flash-forward 3 years, a tour of the library 2013 27. Typical day on the top floor DeLaMare photo credits, Nick Crowl and Tod Colegrove 28. Across the 2nd floor DeLaMare photo credits, Nick Crowl and Tod Colegrove 29. Ground floor DeLaMare photo credits, Nick Crowl and Tod Colegrove 30. And on the Lower Level (basement) 31. Lego Mindstorms, Arduinos, etc DeLaMare photo credits, Nick Crowl and Tod Colegrove 32. Collaboration, discussion, engagement DeLaMare photo credits, Nick Crowl and Tod Colegrove 33. Culture shift Extraordinary people required 34. Radical collaboration Spaces, furnishings, tools Service models Faculty/student engagement Community outreach Wow factor 35. Wow factors: a Burning Man art car 36. Print services: paper or plastic? 37. Ben King, Chemistry faculty one of the very hard things about teaching chemistry is explaining that molecules have shape. This basically removes that obstacle ... so it will change how we teach chemistry and how we look at molecules on a daily basis. It's also just plain fun." Photo by Tod Colegrove: Photo of King by Jason Hildago from Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/19/reshaping-universities-through-3d-printing/ 38. Bridgewire collaboration Photo by Nick Crowl: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dstl_unr/ 39. Knowledge Center & DeLaMare 6 years later Culture shift Strong partnerships with campus and community Prominent place in recruiting, community events and even national press Creating pipelines to new donors On the presidents agenda 40. Questions? Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center | DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library University of Nevada, Reno kray@unr.edu | mmitchell@unr.edu Questions?