Written by Jon Ritterbush, Electronic Resources Librarian
Major physical changes are underway within the library. A new reading and small group study area have been created on the library’s main level behind the Reference Desk. Where did these books go? Many of the books which make up the Reference Collection are available online through sources like AccessScience, Credo Reference, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and Oxford Reference Online. The remaining print books in the Reference Collection have been moved to a temporary location on the library’s lower level, and some will eventually be integrated into the circulating Book Collection on the second floor.
This summer, the library also withdrew over 16,000 print periodical volumes duplicated online in JSTOR. By removing these duplicate print volumes, the library can accommodate future growth in other periodical titles and re-allocate valuable space for individual and group study.
Construction continues on the new Learning Commons which will house Academic Peer Tutoring and the Writing Center. Both services are already open in temporary quarters on the library’s second floor (west end) and will relocate to the new Learning Commons (east end) upon its completion.