New Year, New Call Numbers!

Dear UArts Community Members,

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!

~The UArtsLibraries

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.

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!