Penn State Intercom......October 31, 2002

University's Image Resource Center
reorganizes to streamline operations

The University's Image Resource Center (formerly University Photo/Graphics) has undergone a reorganization, including the elimination of some services and the transfer of one function.

In this reorganization, photography services will continue to serve University needs.

After a comprehensive evaluation of services and a University-wide needs assessment, it was determined that changes in technology and the distribution of related services throughout the University, including the impact of desktop publishing and digital photography, have resulted in diminished demand for some central functions. Color printing and other image- and design-related services will be phased out by Dec. 31. Every effort will be made to assist customers in finding alternative services on campus.

Beginning in January, the University photographers will be reassigned to the College of Arts and Architecture. According to Richard Durst, dean of the College of Arts and Architecture, this will enhance the college's academic programs.

"Their mission and our disciplines are well-aligned, making this a logical partnership," he said.

University staff and faculty still will be able to make appointments for on-location, aerial and studio photography using both conventional and digital formats. Access to and retrieval of archived negatives also will be provided.

Photography services will continue to be available through the IRC this semester and specific details related to new contact information in the College of Arts and Architecture will be publicized later in the semester, according to Durst.