The James A. Blumenthal Library strategic plan anticipates short-term and long-term development in many essential areas. Current priorities for the 2018-2019 academic year include:
Academic & Information Resources
Students require training in academic resources including use of library services and research tools, academic writing, and western academic scholarly conventions in the field of Buddhist Studies. The library is also poised to become a support for faculty and instructor professional development, classroom support, and planning and assessment of curricula.
As we grow, management of collections, patrons, circulation and information services, and expanding opportunities for relationships with other institutions and online services, require expertise and time from dedicated support staff.
Print & Digital Acquisition Plans
Students and faculty deserve continual acquisitions in support of the courses and curricula Maitripa offers, particularly in areas with increasing relevance to Buddhist Studies. As journals and interdisciplinary connections emerge relevant to Buddhist Studies, and applications of Buddhist practice in our world multiply, so to do our acquisition plans, to ensure breadth and depth in Buddhist and area studies.
Digital holdings are increasingly becoming a necessity for students, and we are eager to offer digital books and more comprehensive online journal subscriptions to meet the needs of our growing programs.
Your contribution goes directly to our growing Library Fund, supporting the Library’s mission of becoming a world-class Buddhist Studies Research Library. We welcome you to come and enjoy this great resource of Buddhist learning and support its important development.
The strategic plans and development priorities of the library are informed by student, faculty, and patron surveys, academic consultants, and our librarian advisors. We are pleased to provide more information upon request, to [email protected].
The James A. Blumenthal Library welcomes volunteers to provide invaluable services in supporting patrons, reshelving books, assisting the Librarian with ongoing projects and creating a warm and helpful space for exploring interests, conducting research, and collaborative learning. Training is provided for those interested in offering weekly or occasional support. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or [email protected].