James Williams
Dean of Libraries
Activities and Accomplishments, 1998-2000

Much of the attribution for the following accomplishments is due to collaborative efforts with the chancellor,vice chancellor, associate vice chancellors, deans, staff and faculty in whose service I work:


  • Establishment of a general outlook within the library organization that we must invent our future in order to remain a viable service organization on the campus;
  • Completion of a multi-year supplemental compensation plan for the library faculty with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs;
  • Given chronic understaffing at the faculty level, establishment of a retention and recruitment plan with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to retain all vacant faculty lines;
  • Completion of another recent upgrade of the automated system (CHINOOK), primarily through reallocation and reinvestment;
  • Initiated the first phase of the electronic catalog inventory project, through the temporary reallocation of three (3) faculty lines;
  • In collaboration with the ITS organization, design and creation of seven (7) technology-intensive team rooms in three campus libraries for student use;
  • In collaboration with the ITS organization, formalized an annual equipment replacement program for public workstations that is partially funded through student computer fees;
  • Maintained an ambitious level of consortial activities with other libraries at the local, regional and national level to strategically plan for, leverage and share the human, physical and fiscal resources of the CU-Boulder Libraries;

Faculty Governance

  • Maintained an informed, supportive, collaborative, collegial, advisory relationship with the Boulder Faculty Assembly Library Committee on behalf of the University Libraries;

Planning & Development

  • Recruited Congressman David Skaggs to chair the Libraries' Capital Campaign;
  • Recruited Nobel Laureate Tom Cech to chair the Campaign for the Science Library
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  • Negotiated a gift from NetLibrary.com to be the first library in the country to provide (gratis) access to NetLibrary's full catalog of e-books;
  • Reached our endowment goal of $6 million;
  • Successfully negotiated $300K in TLE funding for commonly requested electronic resources across all campuses of the University;
  • Successfully raised $5 million in state funds for the construction of a state-of-the-art storage facility at the Fitzsimons Health Sciences Center;
  • Successfully negotiated the allocation of the old Law Library as expansion space for the University Libraries upon construction of the new Law Library;
  • Successfully positioned the CU-Boulder Libraries to be a major partner in the grant-funded Colorado Digitization Project, through the Music Library;
  • Successfully reframed the mission of the Friends of the Libraries organization to be the major friendraising (not fundraising) organization on behalf of the Libraries;
  • Successfully recruited and retained a broad-based and informed group of community advocates/supporters to guide the various Capital Campaign activities of the Libraries, while serving as members of the Library Development Advisory Board (LDAB).


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