Summer is traditionally when the library puts aside the typical day-to-day functions and works on major projects that would be too disruptive during the academic year. This summer is no exception, with several projects in the works. The final phase of our Sustainable Collections project is under way on the 4th floor. We are withdrawing older, unused, and readily available books from the collection. The affected subjects (with the dates they will be withdrawn) are: Philosophy (May 22); Psychology (May 22); Fine Arts (May 29); Religion (June 19); World History (July 10). Faculty may come to the library and indicate which books should be kept; or they can view the withdrawal lists online, highlight the titles to be kept, and e-mail those lists to Dave O’Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The 3rd floor will undergo a major shift as we move the Education materials (call number L) from the 2nd floor and also change the starting point of the call numbers. The call numbers on the 3rd floor will now begin as soon as patrons exit the main stairwell instead of beginning in the northwest corner of the floor. In addition, bound journals on the 2nd and 3rd floors will no longer be integrated with the collection. Each floor will have a designated area where all of the bound journals for the call numbers on that floor are located. (Bound journals on the 4th floor and lower level will be separated out in the future.)
Finally, new carpeting will be installed on the lower level. Beginning in mid-June student workers will be removing all books from the bottom shelves then lifting up the bases of all shelving ranges. Carpet installers will then remove the existing carpeting and install the new carpet. This project will take most of July. Minor painting will also occur on the lower level.