All posts by Carol Graney

Welcome Back!

The University Libraries staff extends a special welcome to new students and faculty and is, of course, pleased to welcome back those who are returning from their summer break. We are ready to assist you with finding materials for your courses or for any other kind of research need and look forward to seeing you all in the libraries. Don’t hesitate to contact anyone on the library staff about making recommendations for the library collections or to request assistance for anything from finding books, recordings, images, etc., to planning library instructional sessions for your class.

Those of you who are returning will notice some changes to the library facilities. The Music Library has added new shelving to the listening area and the entrance to the Music Library has been reconfigured and improved. Work on the doorway is continuing but should be completed within the next week or so. Carrels have been placed on the lower level of the Greenfield Library for individual study areas. We invite you to stop by and take a look at these improvements.

Please also take a few moments to view an exhibit of books from the Libraries’ Special Collections located in the first floor hallway of Anderson Hall. All books in Special Collections, including those in the exhibit, are listed in the Libraries’ online catalog and can be used in the library; just ask for them at the circulation desks.

Watch this space for information about library tours (participate and you may win a $100 prize!), workshops, online resources, staff recommendations, and other news and information about library activities. If you have suggestions for additional news entries, let us know. The library staff is here to assist you so don’t hesitate to contact us. Best wishes for a productive and successful semester!

Music Library Survey

Please assist the University Libraries in its continuing efforts to assess and improve library effectiveness by completing a survey about Music Library services and collections. We greatly appreciate and value your input and encourage you to take a few minutes to complete the survey available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZYSH93P

Please contact Carol Graney, Director of Libraries, if you have any questions about the survey, difficulty with the online survey, or if you prefer to complete a paper survey.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Welcome and Welcome Back!

The University Libraries staff are pleased to welcome new students and faculty, and to welcome back those who are returning. We are ready to assist you with finding materials for your courses or for any other kind of research and look forward to seeing you all in the libraries. We are happy to report that we have added some new audio and video equipment in both the Greenfield and Music libraries. Blu-ray equipment and multi-region DVD players have been acquired to extend access to newer and international DVD formats, and some Music Library CD players have been upgraded.

Watch this space for information about library tours (participate and you may win a $100 prize!), workshops, the new library website, electronic resources, staff recommendations, and other news and information about library activities. The library staff is here to assist you so don’t hesitate to contact us. Best wishes for a productive and successful semester!

Update on Greenfield Library Renovations

Exciting news! The painting and drilling for new electrical outlets and network ports have been completed, and we have just heard that the furniture is ready to be shipped. Thank you to the students, faculty, and staff who have used the library during the renovations for your patience and understanding. It wasn’t easy to work in the library or even in offices adjacent to the library during the noisy drilling.

Once all the furniture is installed, we hope that you find that the library is a more inviting and comfortable place to work or just visit.

New Seating Area

Three ranges of shelving in the Greenfield Library have been removed to create a new seating area. See below for before and after pictures.

Before
Before
After
After
A view from the circulation desk.
A view from the circulation desk.

When the new furniture arrives, we will put four tables in this area that, as you can see, is better lit than other areas of the first floor of the library. We hope that it will provide a comfortable place for you to do your work, read, study, etc.

The renovations are continuing and we hope they will all be complete in time for the fall semester. Still to come: fresh paint, new shelving end panels, additional electrical and network ports, and a laptop bar!

Over 61,000 Books Moved!

July was a busy month for the Greenfield Library staff and student assistants who moved over 61,700 books to create additional space for seating. Many, many thanks to the student assistants, Adam Brunell and Nicole Mercurio who did more than their share of the work!

13,461 books were moved to compact shelving in the vault area of the library’s lower level and 48,295 books were shifted or removed before the shelves could be taken down. Once the shelves were removed and some were reinstalled in different locations, the books had to be reshelved. I think I can speak for the staff and students who did this work in saying that we are very happy this part of the project is finished! These efforts opened up 423 square feet of space for an additional seating area.

Nicole packing up books.
Nicole packing up books.
Books waiting to be reshelved.
Books waiting to be reshelved.
Adam reshelving books.
Adam reshelving books.

Electrical outlets and network ports will be added to the new seating area and in the lounge area for plugging in laptops, etc. and new furniture will be installed before the beginning of the Fall 2009 semester. Stay tuned for more updates!