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15 Years at the Helm

Posted on: Apr 26, 2012 @ 6:01:27 pm

Celebrating 15 Years

On April 28, 1997, Barry B. Baker became the Director of Libraries at the University of Central Florida Libraries. In the 15 years following, the Libraries has seen a multitude of changes. For example, in 1997, we had 81 full-time employees (28 of those employees are still here!); in 2012, there are 97 employees and FY 96/97 budget was $7,249,420; FY 10/11 budget was $13,461,091. Total volumes held in the Libraries went from 845,459 to over 2 million.

Student enrollment has grown from 28,302 to 58,968! Consequently library operations have grown so much three associate directors have been added (for a total of four). Services have expanded, departments have been added, including Information Literacy & Outreach and the Universal Orlando Foundation Library at the College of Hospitality Management, and Special Collections "officially" became the university archives.

Through it all Barry has been steering the way. Congratulations, Barry.

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