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From the Dean

Tyler Walters

Dear friends of the University Libraries,

As we look forward to summer and take some time to recharge before the fall semester begins, we reflect on the difference Virginia Tech and the University Libraries have made on our past and current students, teaching and research faculty, and communities across the globe. I see this magazine as the Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) edition. Each story shows how the Library uses its expertise, creativity, and resources to serve and to promote service. 

The stories you will read in this edition exemplify and reflect our challenges, successes, and aspirations and of our students, alumni, and colleagues across the university and beyond. One story describes how students are able to learn from challenges inherent in all-virtual collaborative work. Others touch upon how library faculty reach out to colleagues across the country to help researchers overcome data challenges or create freely available textbooks for students in a variety of disciplines. The new spotlight section shows how alumni use the expertise, experience, and memories they gained as library student employees to make a difference in their own way for their communities. And as you will see in the infographic about our collections and interlibrary loan services, the University Libraries provides access to informational resources for libraries and research centers across the country and the globe.

As Virginia Tech continues its work as a global land-grant university, the University Libraries will continue to contribute to that mission by providing the resources, expertise, and innovation needed to make a difference in the lives of Hokies, members of our communities, and citizens across the world.

Thank you for your interest in and support of the University Libraries. Together, we make a difference.


Tyler D Walters

Tyler Walters, Ph.D.
Dean, University Libraries
Virginia Tech