University of New Mexico, Zimmerman Library.
View slideshow.Association of Research Libraries (ARL) executive director Elliott Shore has embarked on a “listening tour” of ARL member libraries to see first-hand the innovative work the libraries are doing and to learn how the Association can better collaborate with its members. This is the 14th in a series of informal reports from his visits.
Following the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Spring 2017 Membership Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I took the opportunity of being in the Southwest to visit our nearby member libraries: University of New Mexico, University of Arizona, and Arizona State University. Richard Clement, dean of university libraries at New Mexico; Shan Sutton, dean of university libraries at Arizona; and Jim O’Donnell, university librarian at Arizona State, were gracious hosts. I spent a full day on each campus, touring and talking with library staff and administration. All three institutions were founded in the 1880s, with both states joining the Union within a few weeks of each other in 1912, and all three institutions are taking seriously the library as place.