Friday, May 15, 2009

Let's Get Small (with apologies to Steve Martin)...

Well, it's been a while since I posted an update. Not that anything has happened, mind you...

We are now on our third (!!) destination for the library move. I use the word destination somewhat loosely, as we will still be in several different pieces, but I digress. It now appears as if the library per se will be housed in the Northeast building, with the bookstacks closed to the public and Circulation and Reference shoehorned into a large classroom.
The real advantage is that students will not have to go very far to get to the service points. There are downsides to the plan as well - closed stacks, for a start, and practically no browsing ability, which will be a real pain for everyone. We will have no dedicated computer lab space, no study space, and will have no space for anything but basic services. No decision yet regarding service hours - TBA.

But there appears to be no alternative, aside from not moving at all (which isn't an option). And it will only be for 9-10 months. I will have more specific information on locations in a few weeks.

Weeding continues, and we are starting to see some results (aside from grubling, that is). We have to clear out 6 of our 26 stack ranges due to space considerations, and we are probably halfway to that goal. Unfortunately, we are running out of time (and bookcarts). If you happen to have a few book carts sitting around doing nothing this summer, give me a call...

Graduation tonight. A very happy event for our graduates and their families. And typically the end of the semester brings a break for yours truly. But not this year. Going to start working on those "Spartan hours"* early...
(*an inside joke; hourly faculty have to put in 300 work hours between the time grades are due and the beginning of the Fall semester)