Every year, the students who choose to spend their summer working at Van Wylen Library are treated to an outing as a token of appreciation for all their hard work. Summers in the library can be quite busy as everyone prepares for the coming year. Sample projects this year include:
• Rearranging the Reference area to make room for the new Center for Writing and Research
• Rearranging part of the 2nd floor to relieve congestion around the MFPs and book scanner
• Unpacking dozens of boxes of gift books. Some of the donated books date back to the 16th century.
• Working with faculty to identify grants and other sources of funding.
• Removing print journals from the collection that have been replaced by their electronic counterparts.
Of course, the students also attend to their normal duties, whether that involves processing new items, cataloging, providing reference assistance, circulation, computer help in the TechLab, gathering materials for binding, processing CopyWorks jobs, filling interlibrary loan/MeL requests, shelf reading, or many other tasks.
This year’s outing was a trip to the Saugutuck Dune Rides. As you can see in the following photos, a good time was had by all.
— Dave O’Brien, Head of Access Services