A Few Minutes With… Tom Bremer

A Few Minutes With....

For the past three years, Tom Bremer has been dean of Darrell W. Krueger Library, the “home” for academic life at Winona State. Bremer was formerly associate director of the North Dakota State University Libraries.

Today’s library has changed, but it many ways it hasn’t. It serves the information needs of campus and the community, but the delivery method is different.

Our collection has shifted to electronic from print. With electronic journals and increasingly e-books, users can access our collection without entering the building.

There’s still a need for the physical structure of the library. Students and scholars need instruction on navigating the vast and complex digital information environment.

Libraries provide places to interact. They’re places where we can gather, ask questions, work together on problems facing our community.  

The Krueger Library was built with a lot of foresight. It anticipated the library of the future.

Not many libraries encourage interaction like ours does. There are more than 2,200 network access points; two dozen rooms for group work; bean bags and tables that encourage working together; 20 lectures, readings, and discussions every year.

I used to think the library of the future might resemble a phone booth. That hasn’t happened. Krueger Library has gained more importance a place for human interaction in our disconnected, digital world.

The Krueger Collection

469,462    Total volumes

120,000    Microform units [26%]

54,819        Electronic books [12%]

34,791        Electronic journals [7%]

A Place to Connect

512,005     People visiting 2010-11

1,500          Approximate visits per day

38,201       Items checked out 2010-11

50,124       Articles uploaded per year

3,478         Average reference questions answered per year

13,175        Average interlibrary loans per year

105.5         Hours open per week

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About Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive public university with more than 8,500 students. The oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Winona State offers 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate, and doctorate programs on its three campuses: the original Main Campus in Winona, the West Campus in Winona, and Winona State University-Rochester.

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