While the blog has been quiet (three weeks since the last post!?) the library has not. Traditionally summer is our time to get a lot of behind-the-scenes work done. Here’s some of what’s been keeping us busy this summer –
-we removed a lot of shelving on the first floor to make room for new seating areas. This means we also had to move thousands of books and put in some carpet;
-we’ve ordered new chairs for all the seating areas in the library;
-we’re in the middle of replacing all the computers at the public stations;
-we are in the middle of a digitization project, digitizing all the back issues of the Minaret as well as the annual yearbooks. We don’t have a precise date for when the digitized copies will be available for use, but we’re hoping sometime in the fall semester;
-we weathered tropical storm Debbie. We discovered two minor leaks. Kudos to facilities for their amazing quickness in making repairs;
-we’ve been weeding the collection and finding homes for books we can no longer use. We’ve found some homes here in Tampa, across the nation, and across the globe. This is all to make room for the new books we’ll be receiving next fall and spring;
-we’re testing out some new databases;
-we are re-thinking our internal organization and looking to see if we can find ways to improve our service;
-we re-vamped the Curriculum Room to make more space for our education students.
-and, I’m sure there are some projects I’m forgetting.
All of this in addition to our regularly scheduled work of processing books and serials, checking out books and laptops, staffing the Reference Desk, writing new research guides and subject portal pages, and keeping our online presence running smoothly.
There’s so much to do I sometimes forget about updating our social media sites, but I expect the posts to return with some regularity in August.
For those of you taking time off around the Fourth of July, have a safe and happy holiday!