History on the Move
He acknowledges the fear, dating back to Clements himself, "that someday the university is going to reorganize us into the library system. But as he sees it, "the way to avoid being reorganized is to be the strongest, most successful, most collegial, most U-M-happy library on this campus.
"You embrace the university and say, 'We're blue and maize one hundred percent'--and the university is enhanced by us rather than annoyed by us."
Embracing the university means making the Clements' resources available to more people on campus--including a group Clements himself shunned: "The university wants us to--and we want to as well--get more undergraduates engaged in looking at [and] using the Clements collections," Graffagnino says.
Once the temporary location on Ellsworth opens at the end of September, the staff will get to work on an expanded digitization program. "We are reaching out to the faculty and saying, 'You're teaching the American Civil War next semester," Graffagnino says. "'What fifty things do you want available to your students electronically so they can use them when we're not open?'