Greetings! As Spring Semester (I’ve always found some cognitive dissonance in talking about Spring Semester in the middle of January) gets into full swing, I wanted to tell you about some changes that are underway in the library:
- Mary Jane’s café is under construction and we are close to finalizing a contract for food and beverage services. We are hoping for a “soft opening” in March and a grand opening in April. Although the loudest part of the construction process is over, undoubtedly there will be times as the process continues that some noise from the site will carry up the stairwell and over into Media Services. We apologize in advance for the disruption.
- New Library Services desk: You may have noticed that a desk-level insert has been added to the Circulation Desk. On Friday, February 1, the Information Desk and the Circulation Desk will merge, with all Library Services (circulation transactions, reference questions, reserves) to be offered from the one desk. For those who prefer self-serve, the self-check machine is also available. The former Information Desk will be repurposed as a Technology Support Center, with all of the printers and various other tools, such as paper-cutters and staplers, available at that desk. We welcome your comments as we try this “one-stop shopping” approach to service. We will be conducting surveys later in the semester to get your reactions to this change, but please don’t hesitate to tell us right away what you like, or don’t, about this change.
- Newspapers moved: To make room for the café, the current newspapers were moved from Level One to the Level Two Lounge. Although we had thought of this as a temporary location, it seems just perfect for the newspapers, and we are going to leave them there.
- JoAnn Isaacs retires: Many of you coming back after the winter break probably missed a familiar face in the library, that of JoAnn Isaacs, the Reserves supervisor and student supervisor in Access Services, who retired at the end of December after 17 years of service in Brookens Library. I miss seeing JoAnn every morning when I come in—JoAnn was the perfect embodiment of friendly yet efficient service. She gave a wonderful little speech at her retirement party, and urged all of us to remember every day why we’re here—for the students. She was so right-on—the library is here for our community, which also includes faculty and staff. We will miss JoAnn, and we will strive to live up to her ideals!
- New staff: Two new staff will be starting to work in the library within the next week. On January 28, Jon Pressley began working in Access Services as a night and weekend manager. On February 4, Tim Salm will join us in the newly created position of Library Technology Coordinator. We look forward to having them as part of our service team!