Preview (opens in a new window)Heraclitus once said “the only thing that is constant is change.” Those words are as true today as they were then. The Freeman/Lozier library staff has been busy for the past couple of years priming the building for a facelift and our work is not yet completed.
Whether you are new to the University, or returning after a short break, you might have noticed that the reference, bound periodicals, and microform collections have been completely removed. In addition, the audiovisual, oversize, and current periodical collections have all been relocated. Why do you ask? Well, we want to create an atmosphere that is inviting, accessible, peaceful, and comfortable for the Bellevue University community without losing the primary objective of a library. We are making room for new furniture to inhabit the newly created open space. There will be comfortable study booths along the walls in the southeast area of the library and along the wall near the flagpoles. Tables will need to be removed to make space for the booths once they arrive later in the fall. In addition, we are adding very appealing individual and dual pod study carrels which provide privacy for users and will add a contemporary look and feel to the library. Now, you may ask “what became of the materials that were removed to make way for the new furniture?” Well, the answer is simple—the most essential materials were converted to electronic format, obsolete materials were weeded, and all others were integrated into the circulating collection.
Physical changes are not the only changes affecting the library and resources. Over the past year or so, we have restructured positions to better align with the mission and vision of the University and better serve the needs of the students. The newest position change is that of adding an Access and Outreach Services Specialist, whose primary responsibility is to attract students to visit the library and to keep them engaged and coming back for more. “More what you may now ask?” Again, the answer is simple…the library is the center of any institution of higher learning and we want to be that for the students of Bellevue University. The library has so much to offer, not only physically, but intellectually and emotionally as well. The library sponsors workshops, seminars, activities, refreshments, and much, much, more throughout the year that both traditional and non-traditional students can partake in whether they are face-to-face or online. By the way, did you know we have a collaborative stress-relieving puzzle station with a variety of puzzles to choose from?
Now, our changes do not stop here… Over the next year or two, we plan to make more aesthetic alterations to stay up-to-date with the needs of our students and the revolutionizing world in which we live in. Print materials will be weeded making way for more electronic resources and more space, current services will be improved, new services will be developed, new faces will emerge, and exciting opportunities will be planned for all to enjoy.
So whether you want resources to support your research, a cozy nook to read in, a puzzle or game to participate in, a movie to watch, or a stimulating informative discussion to attend, the Freeman/Lozier library is the place for you—we have what you are looking for. As you can see, we love to plan events, provide a stress-free environment for everyone, and accommodate our stakeholders. If you have any suggestions for us, please feel free to do so using our online suggestion form.
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 21 No. 4, Fall 2018.