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Moving Thousands? Millions? of Books & Bound Periodicals: The End in Sight

Posted by isulib on December 10, 2009

The hard work of many people is getting ready to pay off. If you’ve been in the Library since February, you might have noticed signage: “Shifting Project: Where Materials are Today”. Library staff and student assistants, some hired specifically for this project, have been moving and separating 4 floors of books [general collection] and bound periodicals, into 1 floor [basement] of bound periodicals and microfilm and 2 floors [2nd and 3d] for books and classified DVD/VHS. What didn’t move at all? Government Documents [Lower Level] including Gov Doc microforms and TMC/Children’s Books [2nd floor], and 1st floor collections [Reference & Browsing]. EVERYTHING ELSE has been moved and moved again. The general book collection now begins on the 2nd floor, with call numbers from A-LB, and then continuing upstairs to 3d floor, with LC-Z.

We’re still not quite finished with moving books from the Basement & Lower Level to the 2nd floor and moving Periodicals from the Lower Level and 2nd floor to the Basement, but it’s getting closer and closer to the end. We publish and post “Current Materials Locations” every 2-3 days and post them all over the Library; half sheets are available for customers to take. We’ve even got some maps of the Basement and 2nd floor at the Circ and Reference Desks, so don’t be dismayed – if you need further assistance, Circulation students have been especially assigned to help individuals get to the materials they need.

When it’s all done, I’m sure we’ll have a celebration and acknowledge everyone involved, but for now, an anonymous but heartfelt GOOD JOB EVERYONE goes out from the blog to the movers and shifters, and regular staff who help get people to the materials they’re looking for.

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Finals Week, December 2009: Library Open 24 Hours = study time and food

Posted by mminth on December 10, 2009

During Final Exam Week (Dec. 13-18) the library will be open 24-Hours /Day starting on Sunday, December 13, at noon until Friday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. During final exam week, daily at 5 a.m. there will be a breakfast provided for students studying in the library. Snacks will be served throughout each night beginning at midnight. Thanks to all the ISU Deans who helped with funding the food [e.g. 40 pounds of bananas a day!]: Sauer, Merritt, Balch, Gatrell, Williams, Sims and Comer. Enrollment Management, Marketing, and Communications is providing the snacks.

Snacks and breakfast will be located in the Library’s 1st floor Events area. Snacks will include the Library’s usual great popcorn, as well as Kashi bars, assorted candy, bananas, apples, Clementines, almonds. Coffee, hot tea and cocoa will be available. Breakfast will include orange juice, cereal, milk, bread [toasters available], peanut butter and jelly.

Security: after 2 A.M., ISU Security will provide security; only ISU students will be admitted between 2 A.M. and 7:30 A.M.

Cup & Chaucer Cafe will extend its hours, to 10 P.M.

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