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June 13 is the inauguration of the Prairie Research Institute Library, formed from the merger of the libraries of the Natural History Survey, Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois State Water Survey and Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. The Institute Library, located in the former Illinois Natural History Survey Library space in the Forbes building, represents both a merger of print collections and collaboration on library services for Institute staff, the campus community, and the citizens of Illinois.

Progress on the merger of the survey library collections includes ~12,000 new bibliographic records added to the University Library online catalog with more to come soon, and more than ~2,200 items moved into the Institute Library space thus far. Transfer of catalog records was funded by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, the University Library, and the Institute. Many from the Institute and the University Library have helped and continue to help with the merger, starting with members of our Library Advisory Task Force chaired by Don McKay (http://www.prairie.illinois.edu/libraries/taskf.shtml). The librarians of the Institute, Laura Barnes, Susan Braxton, Anne Huber, and Beth Wohlgemuth have worked since 2009 toward the merger of collections and services. Jim McNamara, Mike Dodd, and Steven Marsh have been assisting with transport of materials.

Bill Shilts recently approved Division Directors’ nominations for the Institute Library Advisory Committee. Division representatives to the committee are Jim Angel (ISWS), Mike Dreslik (INHS), Kishore Rajagopalan (ISTC), and Pius Weibel (ISGS). The first meeting was held June 1.

Your librarian remains your most valuable library resource, and librarians are retaining a presence in their home surveys. Institute staff are encouraged to continue to avail themselves of their Division librarian’s expertise and assistance as they always have. Laura Barnes is liaison to ISTC, Anne Huber to ISGS, Beth Wohlgemuth to INHS and Susan Braxton to ISWS and ISAS.

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About Susan Braxton

Susan Braxton is Head Institute Librarian at the Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
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