University of Nebraska Public Library officials and alumni were eager to find out how the university has embraced its role as a research institution.
While the university hasn’t always had a great reputation, it has long maintained a strong commitment to research and scholarship.
The Omaha Public Library’s new chief executive, Tom Eubank, told the Omaha World-Herald the new director of research is in line with the university’s core values.
“We want to be a place where the research community can grow and thrive, and we are a research and teaching institution that does that,” Eubanks said.
“That’s why I was thrilled to be selected to be the next president of the University of Omaha.”
Eubans appointment came as the university continued to expand its network of libraries, offering new opportunities to more than 2,000 libraries across the state.
“This is a really good time for us to be expanding our network,” said Eric Mennel, vice president of strategic planning and programs for the library system.
“I think we have a lot of work to do and we’re really excited about that.
The announcement was made last month when the university made public its annual report, noting that libraries across all its campuses have grown from a tiny group of more than 500 in 2006 to more to nearly 2,500 today. “
The University of Orem has been a leader in this field for years, and this new role will help us better meet the needs of the public and the research needs of our community.”
The announcement was made last month when the university made public its annual report, noting that libraries across all its campuses have grown from a tiny group of more than 500 in 2006 to more to nearly 2,500 today.
The number of libraries in the state grew by nearly 200 in the past decade, and there were more than 4,000 new libraries opened in 2015.
“Libraries have grown dramatically over the last 20 years, but there are still many people who don’t have the skills to use them,” said Lisa Kocher, executive director of the Library Services Council of Omaha, a nonprofit group that advocates for the public’s right to access library services.
“So we have to have that conversation to get more libraries in our community and into our community.
It’s not about finding new users.
We need to be helping people get the information they need, so they can do the research they need to do.”
Kochers group supports libraries that have dedicated researchers and staff, and has lobbied to have the library board appoint a chief research officer.
The university has invested heavily in libraries in recent years, particularly the building of new campus libraries and the construction of new regional libraries, as well as the opening of several new library branches in the Midwest and elsewhere.
In February, the university announced a $4 million grant to help the University Of Nebraska Omaha purchase five libraries in Nebraska, including three new regional ones, to increase its library network.
The universities new chief research and development officer, David Burdett, will serve as chief operating officer.
“These libraries are really vital to the university and our community,” said Eubansk, who was hired by the university in September.
“They provide resources for researchers and educators.
They’re also the hub for research and academic collaboration.
They have great academic research resources, they have great social science resources, and they have good academic resources for students and families.”
Libraries and research are important for the university because they serve as a gateway to the wider community.
Eubanski said libraries are key to that gateway.
“It’s one of the things we’re doing to connect our communities and connect our university to the outside world.
We can’t do that without our libraries.”
The university is in the midst of a $10 million expansion of its library system, which is expected to open in 2018.
It plans to add two new regional library branches and expand existing regional branches to serve areas with fewer than 2 million people.
For now, the University will use a combination of regional and national libraries, with new regional branches opening in 2018 and a new national library opening in 2019.
The University also is expanding its online resources and is looking to develop partnerships with other community and private libraries.
“At this time, we are not yet sure what our future plans will be,” Ebanks said, “but we look forward to expanding our library system.”
He said the university will work with local communities and community organizations to make the libraries available to students and others.
“Our goal is to have these libraries in every corner of the community,” he said.