As some of you may already know, we began a large-scale project in the Greenfield Library in the final months of the Fall 2017 semester. We reclassified every item in our collection from Dewey Decimal call numbers to the Library of Congress (LC) classification system. Okay, so you might be thinking, why? Well, there are a number of reasons.
The Library of Congress system is the standard system in the United States for academic libraries.
It is already in use by the UArts Music Library and will help streamline the collections.
It is widely regarded as a more effective system to use for classifying and finding academic materials.
You will encounter the LC system throughout your research at UArts and beyond. Even a cursory knowledge of its various sections will help you identify places in the library to browse and find materials. You can find out more about how LC call numbers are structured by taking a look at our UArts Libraries Call Number Guide on our website.In addition, we’ve created an LC subject heading guide, as well as corresponding bookmarks, available at the circulation desk:The project included putting new labels on the books, removing every book from the shelves, and then moving the books into their new location.
From left to right: Barbara Danin, Acquisitions & Administrative Coordinator, Mary Louise Castaldi, Reference and Interlibrary Loan Librarian, and Lillian Kinney, Cataloger/Archivist, sorting books that were relocated to their new sections in the stacks.
Above: William Rooney, UArts Visual Resources & Special Collections Assistant, sorting books with new LC labels into their new respective aisles.
As you can see from the images taken over the holiday break, it was organized chaos with books all over the library (on tables, chairs, carts, and the floor), and staff moving in all directions!
Thanks to the participation of the entire library staff and two very capable student assistants, the project was mostly complete before the beginning of the spring semester despite the interruption of 2.5 snow days. As we continue to power through the final stages of this project, please remember that we are always here to help you navigate your way through the library. Please don’t ever hesitate to visit us or stop by the circulation desk and ask for assistance!
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.
The Greenfield Library will be closed for painting on Thursday, August 20; Friday, August 21; and Monday, August 24. As is usual during the summer, the library will also be closed on Saturday and Sunday (August 22 and 23). Thank you for your continued patience while we make improvements to the library space.
Three ranges of shelving in the Greenfield Library have been removed to create a new seating area. See below for before and after pictures.
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!
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.
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!
The card catalogs, which have not been actively updated since 1993, are finally gone! They have been removed to make room for additional seating and a rearrangement of shelving units. Thanks to Pat Uditsky, Facilities, for removing the card catalogs and cabinets for us.
If anyone is interested in having some of the cards from the old catalog for art work, note paper, or even as memorabilia contact Carol Graney, director of libraries.
The Greenfield Library will be closed on Friday, July 31, for painting. Since the first floor of the library is two stories high, lifts must be used to prepare and paint the ceiling. We are sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we make improvements to the Greenfield Library facility. The “before” photograph shows the rusted pipes on the ceiling that must be scraped and painted. Can’t wait to share the “after” picture!
The Greenfield Library in Anderson Hall is getting a facelift this summer. Some shelving will be removed to create more seating space, additional electrical outlets and network ports will be installed, and painting will be done. In addition, we will be getting some new furniture on the first floor. This is all very exciting but there will be many inconveniences along the way. Please be patient with us and excuse our appearance as the improvements are made. We will try to keep the library open and the collections accessible as much as possible, however, there will be some closings which I will announce with as much advance notice as is possible. Stay tuned!