As part of the Program Review of the Masters in Latin American and Caribbean Studies degree, Tony Schwartz (Associate Director
for Collection Management) and Catherine Marsicek (Latin American & Caribbean Information Services Librarian),
performed a thorough review of the Libraries' collections and services that support Latin American and Caribbean
Studies. The Assesment of
Library Collections: Latin American and Caribbean Studies provides a detailed analysis
of the monograph, periodical, and electronic collections and the strategies in place for building these collections. The
document also presents future goals and directions, including innovative collaborative resource sharing projects
and digital collections.
On February 5, 2003, the Latin American and Caribbean Center's (LACC) Director, Dr. Eduardo Gamarra,
presented the results of the LACC Academic Program Self-Study to the Executive Program Review
Committee, which is composed of the President, Provost, Vice President for Research,
Vice Provost for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Graduate Dean, Undergraduate Dean, Dean of the
College, Executive Vice Provost for Budget and Personnel, and the Faculty Senate Representative. In LACC's
Self-study and Dr. Gamarra's presentation, the University Administration was called upon
to dedicate greater financial resources to the Libraries, as the current collections to support LAC Studies do not
match the importance of this interdisciplinary program at FIU. Unfortunately, given the
current fiscal difficulties, the Libraries did not receive additional funding.
"The Program Review process is a systematic way to meet both the legislative and University requirements
to assess the quality of [FIU's] academic degree programs while determining ways to improve the quality of
education, research, and service. Program review enables degree programs to improve the alignment of their
goals and plans with those of the college/school and the University. This process is designed to build a better
understanding of the whole program among the University community and its leaders. " For more information
on this process, please see http://www.fiu.edu/provost/aaproreview/index.htm.