The trend in academia: one stop shopping for students

When I started at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in August 1996, the vast array of different type of library resources available on campus quite impressed me. With such a vast array of resources, however, I saw overwhelmed students coming to the reference desk, unsure of where to go to find the information needed to complete assignments or research a paper. The Unified Information Access System (UIAS) started as one of the strategic planning objectives generated during a retreat held in Tiburon, California, in the early summer of 1994. Under the strategic plan, entitled "Transforming CSU Libraries for the 21st Century," the California State University's Council of Library Directors (COLD) made universal online bibliographic access a top priority.