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One-stop Desk Plan Moving Forward

Posted by isulib on June 30, 2014

The Desk = the combined Circulation, Reserves, Student IT and Reference Desk project marking the organizational combining of Circulation/Reserves and Reference/Instruction into one department 1 year ago.

Here is a little video to give you an idea of what’s coming.

Progress has been made: electrical and data drops are almost finished, the neon ASK ? sign has been moved. Soon the RefDesk will move into the space marked by the masking tape in the photos below. Stay tuned for more developments.

Until mid-May, 2014: Circulation Desk with Blue Wall

Until mid-May, 2014: Circulation Desk with Blue Wall


We missed getting photos of the blue wall coming down, but here is what you’ll see until the REFDESK and Student IT Desk come over:

Late May, 2014: Grey Walls Pretending to be RefDesk

Late May, 2014: Grey Walls Pretending to be RefDesk


Masking Tape Marks the Outer Point of New Desk Configuration

Masking Tape Marks the Outer Point of New Desk Configuration

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Library’s Oversized collection catches up with other general collection books

Posted by isulib on September 24, 2012

The oversize shelves now correspond to the print collection call number ranges shelved on each floor:

  • bound oversize journals in the basement,
  • oversize Government Documents on the Lower Level,
  • oversize LC call number ranges on 2nd and 3rd floors.

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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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2nd floor shifting update

Posted by isulib on April 17, 2009

Work was completed this week on the backshifting of the music books (M’s). We are moving into the L’s (Education) and we project that we will finish the backshifting of the 2nd floor by the end of next week. Once the backshifting is completed the K’s and L’s will be in the middle range of shelves and the south range will be empty.

Then the real work begins.

In late April and May, we will begin moving the books from the basement up to the second floor. The start of our monograph collection (regular books) will begin on the 2nd floor, just across from the 229 classroom. Bound journals will be left in the basement and backshifted to free up shelves that will be moved to the north end of the basement. Once we get some of those shelves to their new home, we will begin moving bound journals from the end of our collection (the Z’s) from the 3rd floor to the basement.

Ultimately, we will have all of the bound journals in the basement, the monographs on the second and third floor, and government documents and a large study space on the lower level.

-A Kaiser

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Art Books are Heavy!

Posted by isulib on April 3, 2009

The book shifting on the 2nd floor continues. We completed the shifting of the art books (N’s) and we are moving into the music books (M’s). If you are searching for books in music, be prepared for the fact that they may be in a different location on the 2nd floor. The awkward size and shapes (not to mention the weight!) of the art books slowed us down a bit, but things should speed up in April.

Also, the University Digital & Archival Services department moved into newly constructed offices on the 2nd floor. Stay tuned for more updates about our building changes.

-A Kaiser

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Library Moves

Posted by isulib on March 16, 2009

Just before Spring Break, the library staff began a major book shifting project that will bring a major change to the library’s layout.  If you’ve been on the second floor, you’ve probably noticed.  The plan is to shift our journal collection (except for the Current Periodicals on the Main Floor) into the Basement.  The regular book collection (or as we like to call them the monographs) will be moved to the 2nd and 3rd floor.  The Lower Level will still contain our Government Documents collection, but a large space will be made available for additional study areas.

The first step is the backshifting that is occurring on the 2nd floor.  Books on that floor are being moved back, so that the shelves at the front will be opened up.  Once that is complete, we will start moving the books from the basement up to the 2nd floor.  We will provide signs to indicate where books will be located because things will be a bit out-of-order until the process is complete.  Check back here every Monday for an update on the process.

Currently, we are backshifting the 2nd floor collection.  Backshifting is currently in taking place in the N’s (art).

-A Kaiser

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Events Area

Posted by isulib on February 12, 2009

The Library Events area has changed! To deal with noise issues on the first floor, the decision was made to enclose the events area in glass walls. The new look was completed a few weeks ago (with a few tweaks here and there), so if you have not seen the new area, come and take a look. To attend an event, check our calendar for dates and times. We look forward to seeing you.   -A Kaiser

New Events Area

New Events Area

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We’re Moving Stuff

Posted by isulib on July 15, 2008

Microfilm Wagon Train

Microfilm Wagon Train

This week the library staff begins a long process of implementing the recommendations of our Building Committee.  We are going to be making major changes to our collection and floor layout between now and next summer.  The First Floor is getting the initial makeover as the Writing Center and Browsing Books will be relocated.  But first, we have to move some microfilm.

This microfilm archive of newspapers and journals stored in the Reference Section is heading down to the Basement.  Eventually, all microfilm, microfiche, and micro cards will be housed in the Basement. 

Keep checking in for more move updates.

-A Kaiser

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