Beyond the Stacks
Curating digital library collections
From a sparsely decorated office tucked away on an upper floor of Smith Union, the head of electronic and continuing resources oversees a trove of over 60,000 electronic serials. By building, organizing, and maintaining PSU Library's collections, Jian Wang ensures that students and faculty, whether on campus or online, can easily access the latest innovations on their topics, from criminology to social work, medicine to visual arts.
Wang's motivation logs on to the library website each day: PSU students.
"I know how students feel if they cannot find information," she says. "When I was in school and could not find an article, journal or book, I felt very frustrated. We want to give students the best chance of success."
For many, round-the-clock access is essential to that success. Whether updating electronic journals or troubleshooting an issue with inter library loans, Wang and her staff work on problems nearly 24/7.
That constant demand for information has forever linked libraries and technology.
“Libraries and information technologies have to have a collaborative partnership in order to best serve students and campus and faculty," Wang says.
Of course, the hottest tech tool is lifeless without a deep appreciation for the boundary-busting, mind-expanding power of knowledge. That's what makes librarians even more indispensable in today's information age, Wang says.
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