Geisel Collections Consolidation Update (January 22, 2013)

Installation of the second phase of compact shelving on the First Floor of the East Wing of Geisel (the lower level of what is currently the Science & Engineering Library) is nearing completion.  In a move to begin this spring and continue through the summer, the Library plans to consolidate into this shelving a continuous run of all bound journal volumes (from 1990 to date) in the Library collection, with the exception of journals currently housed in the BioMed and Arts libraries.

We propose storing journal volumes older than 1990 in the offsite Library Annex. Volumes stored and shelved in the Annex will be paged and/or articles from them scanned as requested.  We are also prepared to keep on site those titles whose pre-1990 volumes are heavily used, on an exceptional basis.

We believe that this plan will provide better access to journals that were formerly dispersed in various locations within Geisel and across the campus at IR/PS and Scripps and will help to meet long-term goals for library user space. Phase one of the compact shelving will continue to house monographs in the Q-Z call number ranges, including the Scripps materials when these are transferred to Geisel.

We are hopeful that this next phase of our collections consolidation project will cause minimal disruptions to our patrons.  While some journal volumes may not be immediately available when they are in the process of being moved, we will keep catalog records updated with notes to indicate the status of materials being moved.

As always, we welcome your suggestions and comments on this proposal, and on how we can provide the best possible access to our physical collections. Please send comments to us by January 31 at:


Martha Hruska
Associate University Librarian for Collection Services 

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