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Moving On…

Moving, Moving, Moving…keep those books a moving! Moving Moving Moving, Rawhide? No, we’re not looking to truly rewrite the lyrics to that most popular tune, but we are certainly moving!

Today began the library’s official move back into the original digs. There was much rejoicing…until we saw just how much we had to move. I recall moving into Avila Hall only a few months ago, but it would appear our humble collection of stuff has grown…considerably. For my own part, the trip that took three bags when we moved in to AH took me six today!

Offices are beginning to take on the “owner’s” personality as we slowly move our packages, boxes, and bags in and unpack.

Tomorrow the real fun begins. The books are a’moving. Hallett, the folks who moved our books out in April will be returning in force to put the books back…sort of. As many of you know, we’ve moved to a closed stacks system, so many of the books will be moved into an alternative space next door. We will, however, be keeping the reference books for both Avila and St. Paul’s, the curriculum & children’s lit., play scripts, some folios, and the easl books in the library. In addition to those, we’ll be creating a section for faculty recommendations. These books are meant to be those a faculty member would like students to have quick access too, but not necessarily as important as those that will be placed on reserve.

As we go through this extensive moving process the library will, unfortunately for some of you, remain closed. A grand total of 10 days has been set aside to allow us to get moved in, set up, and settled before the semester gets going. Our soft opening has been (tentatively) planned for August 21st with a “grand opening” ceremony on the 25th. If you are on campus during our closure and are in need of a computer, please go to Hodes. They are, once again, taking care of our displaced students. They will be open from 8 – 5 on the weekdays.

I realize this blog is a little wee, and doesn’t really give too many details as to what is coming. Maybe we want it to be a big surprise, Eh? So, stay tuned to see what sort of fabulous new goodies we’re bringing you in the new space and to get some information about the move!

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Plotting Sessions

As the fall semester approaches (too quickly, for some) the library & learning commons staff are beginning to plan. It’s never quite safe when the librarians plan…but it’s happening all the same. This year, in a small change of pace, we’re looking for ways to reach out to our campus and community. We want to be more directly involved in your education and entertainment. So…this post is all about some of the ideas being tossed around as we plot.

Completely Infallible and Fantastic Ideas

  • Bring gaming to the library! All kinds of games. Chess and Checkers to Risk and Settlers of Catan. Also, host maker nights for games…create your own game and play it sorts of events.
  • Speed Book Dating or Blind Date w/ a Book evenings. We’ll break out the comfy chairs and maybe a bean bag or two while you and your peers meet some new books. Books will be from the library and from the participants, covered, and have a dating profile styled description. Pick your “match” and sit and read for a bit.
  • Movie night. Pretty self explanatory, eh?
  • Video making contests w/viewing parties. The first of these would be for Halloween. We’ll want you and anyone else you’d like to include to make a halloween video (appropriate of course), submit it to us in some format tba and we’ll have a viewing party to pick a winner. Prizes are also tba.
  • Read In events. As many activists do “sit-in’s”, we may host a read-in event to support reading or banned books week or some such literary holiday.
  • Technology and Researching workshops. We’re adding new technology as fast as we can and trying to keep new and shiny things available to the Avila campus. We are considering hosting workshops in the library on how to use/do certain things. Specifically the video making equipment and software we’re adding to the “yet to be named” presentation room.
  • Scavenger hunts. If we do this, we’re hoping more to participate in a campus wide event. You’d be searching for library artifacts, photographing them, and submitting them to some location.
  • Arts and Crafts time. Everyone like this part of school, yeah? You got to play with scissors and glue and markers and crayons. It’ll be just the same but a little more library or book related. In the spring we put out coloring sheets and crayons & markers for you guys to play with. Some were definitely enthused, more were either unaware, didn’t care, or were too busy cramming. We’d like to do this some more, and build on it.
  • Book Club. Yep, a literal book club where we pick a book, everyone reads it, and we discuss.
  • Webcasts, webinars, and Tweetchats. A wide range of topics from pop culture to how to use the computers. We’re going to try to be all over the internet trying to be of use to the Avila population.

Do any of these ideas sound like something you would be interested in? Is there something you would like to see on this list? Are any of these ideas so lame you want to facepalm with a brick? Please let us know! We’re looking for feedback from the community as a whole to make YOUR library a place you enjoy and want to be. 🙂

 

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