6 1/2 weeks to go and second floor is looking bare
We have finally cleared out one of the aisles of shelving and it’s beginning to look pretty bare upstairs. The north aisle is gone and looks like “Carrel Land”!
For those of you that need to find videos, we are making what is, hopefully, the final move of the Media collection this week. Media (VHS and DVD) will be on the south end of the new shelving on the second floor (near the rear staircase). We hope this location will be more convenient in the Learning Commons — not hidden away as it has been in the past, behind the Circulation Desk or in the compact shelving.
We know all this moving around of the collections can be confusing, so please ask us for help if something is not where you expect it to be! We have six and a half weeks to get all of the books and shelving moved from second to first floor. It’s gonna be squeaker!
Free earplugs! Just ask our friendly staff!
We’re not waiting — big changes coming this spring!
In order to have the new Learning Commons ready to go when students return for the Fall 2014 semester, we will be moving ALL of the books downstairs during March, April and May! The domino effect is that everything on the main floor of the library has to be relocated to make room for the shelving units. This means that we will have to move the Information Commons — i.e., the computers — and the reference help desk to the 2nd floor of the library, essentially making the second floor the group study area.
So, what about having quiet study space in the library? As much as we want to provide students with this type of space, it is likely that there will be noise everywhere with the metal shelving and books being moved. We will try our hardest to be quiet but we want everyone to be aware that quiet in the library will be elusive 8am-5pm Monday-Friday!
The library staff have moved to their new temporary offices. Janis, Judy, Holly and Tammy are in CM 03, Janet is in the new archives workroom, Jayne is in the Buck Room and Julie is in a study room to the right of the stairs on the top floor. The new condensed shelving will be installed in the Northeast corner of the ground floor by January 31st. The hammering should be finished by February. The next phase of remodeling will begin after Spring semester is finished.
Construction started yesterday! We’re underway at last. First step is building the Archival Workroom so that Janet only has to move once. After the current Archival Workroom is empty it and the staff offices will be demolished to make way for the new condensed shelving. After those are installed we will start moving collections around.
We’ve been asked by a faculty member if classes will be able to come to the library second semester. We will be open for business as usual! There may be times when you will notice some activity related to our remodeling project, but we will be here to serve our college as usual Spring semester.
Come tell us what you think of the Learning Commons plan!
The architects and engineers are still at work on the plans for the Learning Commons and the Doane Board of Trustees must still give final approval, but in the mean time we are counting bookshelves and continuing collection maintenance in preparation. We’ll be available in the Great Hall after the Faculty meeting 8/21 to talk about the most recent architectural drawings.