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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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Annnnnd…We’re Back!

Did you miss me? I wasn’t really gone, just crazy busy with the BIG MOVE here at the library. As some of you on Avila’s campus may have noticed, the library is no longer in its usual home. We’ve moved in order for our typical building to be renovated. As of this moment I’m chilling in my “lovely” shared office space in the Resident Life office on the first floor of Avila Hall. That’s right! The library has moved a large portion of it’s bulk down to the lobby area on the first floor of Avila Hall. Looking for computers? We’ve got ‘em. Printing? That too. Circulating books? Well…we may have boxed about 85% of the books that were housed in the library and locked them up for the summer. But, don’t despair! We’ve still got the books your professors placed on reserve, the St. Paul’s collection, a hefty supply of reference books, and easy access to Mobius (so we can, you know, get all the books). Basically, the entire library (minus the books and much of the furniture…) has moved via dolly or gator pulled trailer into a variety of spaces on Avila Hall’s first floor. We even have the Archives over here!

If you find yourself lost and alone when trying to locate us, just pop on to the library’s website. We have provided you with a map, complete with “yellow brick road” to follow from the old building to the temporary digs. I will ask, however, that you respect the policies of Avila Hall and enter through the first floor doors. I know it’s tempting to be lazy and stand in the vestibule on the third floor and quietly wish for someone to let you in, but please…get a little more fresh air and walk around to the front. Those doors are wide open and require no amount of wishing, crossed fingers, or possible bribery to get in; all you need is a little arm strength. If you’re still having problems finding us, try contacting us through one of our social media outlets…this blog, for example, or perhaps Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. We’re all over the internet…just waiting for something interesting to happen. Go ahead, punk, make my day (more interesting).

In less “directional” news, we’ve taken a TON of pictures and even a few videos of the move and events tied to it. I’m working on sorting through everything to bring you the least boring of the bunch. At this point we’ve got three albums up on Facebook. The first is a variety of pics taken prior to the “BIG MOVE”, “BIG MOVE day 1”, and the third is “BIG MOVE days 2 & 3”. I’ll be posting a new set of photos each day, probably in progressively smaller batches and perhaps adding more to the albums as other library staff sends me what they’ve taken. It has been really interesting seeing all the bits and pieces slowly disappear. Today, when I walked in, it was almost unrecognizable. The floor is torn up and the ceiling is completely gone in sections. All you can see are the exposed beams, some leftover duct work, and a lot of concrete and dust. I’ll be up at the library at least once a day to take new photos until they wont let me in (and then I may slip in anyway…). It is incredibly interesting to see how quickly a space can transition.

Finally, I will leave you with some parting thoughts…until tomorrow. While the move may be over, we still aren’t finished with this craziness yet. The dust wont settle in the library building until mid August! We’ve been working out of our new digs for about a week now, and are trying our best to work out the many kinks we’ve discovered come with our shared and smaller spaces. The library staff begs you to be and thanks you for being patient with us as we continue trying to make this space work well for you, our patrons, as well as ourselves. If nothing else, stop by and see what we’ve done with the space. 🙂

 

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The mooooooove [early warning]

The library move is coming. *Cue menacing music*

I’m guessing some of you lovely readers are confused by this. To clear the confusion: The library will be undergoing a renovation/remodel beginning late in the Spring ‘14 semester. In order to continue serving the campus we have opted to relocate until the remodel is complete (August 1st, at this point). Here are all the details we have currently:

  • The library will close March 30th (Sunday) to begin moving to our “Summer home”.
  • We will reopen April 7th (Monday).
  • At this point, our hours of operation are up for discussion.
  • During the full period of the remodel (March 30th – August 1st) the Avila circulating collection, periodicals, the Curriculum & Children’s collections, and play scripts will be unavailable for use.
  • St. Paul’s School of Theology’s collection will be moved to our new home, per an agreement with them. These materials will remain available during the remodel.
  • Hooley-Bundschu Library will be relocating to Avila Hall (first floor) for the duration of the remodel.
  • We will release updated spring and summer schedules as they become available.
  • There is a possibility of a change to building/library access during our stay in Avila Hall. Please stay tuned for updates!
  • Reference and Reserve materials will remain available in our temporary Avila Hall home.
  • Faculty: If you need to place any materials on reserve for the final weeks of the Spring semester or for any Summer classes, you must do so by March 15th. Please contact Becky Nichols (x2428) with requests and questions.
  • Mobius and Interlibrary Loan lending will remain available through the remodel.
  • Materials will be delivered to our temporary location for pick up.
  • If you need assistance requesting materials, please do not hesitate to ask any of the library staff!
  • Also making the move: Most (if not all) of our computers, printers, the archives, and the library staff.
  • Locations of these items and offices are still in flux. We will post a “map” of locations once the areas have been finalized.
  • Our temporary location at Avila Hall will still allow us to have a kitchen area, the computers will have internet access, and WiFi should be available. We are also considering setting up a quiet study area/room if space is available.
  • All databases and e-books will remain available throughout the remodel. These can also be accessed off campus, using your Avila login information.

If you would like further explanation or have questions, feel free to comment here (or through Facebook or Twitter), e-mail, call, or stop by the library.

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