|The library building renovation is
giving us plenty of new perspectives.
For example, Langsdale’s newest department, the Achievement and Learning Center needs to change its name because it is no longer an independent center, but part of the library. ALC Director John Chapin initially thought that Academic Support Services had a nice ring to it, but quickly realized it was acronymically challenged. This led him to spend much effort considering other options. When he brought up the idea of going with Academic Success (AS), Head of Access Services Sean Hogan* quickly pointed out that AS was the best acronym in the history of departments within academia. Everyone agreed that that this was indeed the case, and we are now transitioning to an almost entirely new slate of department names that will better reflect the gestalt of our soon to be newly renovated building.
Access Services, will continue as Access Service (AS)
Administration, will become Administrative Services (AS)
Reference will change to Answering Services (AS)
Acquisitions & Discovery Services will transform into Acquisition Services (AS)
Special Collections will henceforth be known as Archival Services (AS) and
Integrated Digital Systems will transition to Automated Programing Resources Inspiring Literature For Online Ontological Learning Systems (AS)
In announcing the new names, Dean Lucy Holman emphasized how these changes, far from being cosmetic, will make a real difference for the UB Community. “So many times students and faculty have come into Langsdale not knowing which department they needed to see. Heck, I have a hard time keeping them straight myself” Holman said. “Now, everyone will know they can ask to speak with someone in AS, and be certain they asked for the correct department.”