Tuesday, February 6, 2018

February

Librarians packing and moving....


Librarians Laddawan Kongchum and Jacqueline Jones
packing boxes for the library's move off of the 3rd floor.

      As you visit your BRCC Magnolia Library, you may notice a few new changes. In the week before final exams in the fall semester, the library began a project of re-imagining our space. ROAR is moving to the 3rd floor of the Magnolia building, and we had to rehouse and reestablish roughly 40,000 items before the start of spring semester in January.


The state of your library during the move.

      The transition off of the 3rd floor was not always a smooth one. There were many issues of items out of place, items missing, and heavy boxes that did not want to move. The state of the library for approximately one month, was one of confusion.

Librarian Kathy Seidel attempting
to locate the next box for unpacking.
     
         Some of the new arrangements include a relocation of the periodicals, a split of the circulating collection, and the movement of some study space. 

The new location of magazines and journals

      The periodicals were condensed and moved to the area outside the deans' offices. This is a more prominent area of the library, and is easily in view of the circulation desk. The magazines and journals are still listed and shelved alphabetically, but if you need help locating a particular item, please speak to one of the librarians. Signs have been placed on the ends of the shelves to help direct you towards your journal. 

Newly added 2nd floor stacks

      Perhaps most noticeable is the relocation of much of our circulating collection. Previously, books on the second floor were primarily reference material, which cannot be checked out, or reserve material which is checked out on a limited basis. The third floor housed the majority of the circulating collection. Under the new distribution of space, a split in the circulating collection occurs for books beginning with the call number QA276 .M425 1999. These materials are now shelved on the second floor right behind the reference stacks. These books include material related to psychology, nursing, all of the sciences including math, physics, biology, and chemistry, PTEC, aviation/flight, and technical education. Friendly signs have been placed around the library to help you find material. If you need assistance, please ask a librarian.  


New ROAR offices
 
  Construction on the 3rd floor is wrapping up. The new offices for ROAR are coming along nicely. Soon this space will be open for students.
     
 


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