Q&A – UCSD Arts Library Renovation, 2008-09

Q. Why is the renovation taking place?

A. To improve the Arts Library’s physical space so it better supports the current and future arts-related study, teaching, and research needs of the UCSD community.

Q. How long will the renovation take to complete?

A. The renovation will be completed in mid-2009.

Q. What will be the benefits of this remodel?

A. Some of the major benefits include:

· Expanded service hours

· A single, highly visible service desk for all arts service and information needs

· Improved infrastructure for the delivery of media to users (analog to digital, high definition)

· Creation of consolidated and efficient staff space

Q. Will the construction be noisy and disruptive?

A. At times yes, especially during demolition. A drywall barrier, floor to ceiling, will be in place during the entire construction process to help mitigate noise and dust. Library users will be referred to other areas of the Geisel Library building for quiet study, and earplugs will be provided upon request at the Arts Library desk.

Q. Will hours of service be impacted by the construction?

A. Arts Library hours have actually expanded, which is one of the benefits of the consolidation! The service desk, including access to arts reserves and media collections, will now be open 97 hours per week, including until midnight Sunday through Thursday during the academic quarter. See the Libraries’ hours Web page for specific information.

Q. Where are the music books and scores?

A. The entire music books and scores collection has been relocated to the northwest corner of the first floor to make space for temporary user study areas. The good news is the entire collection is available onsite, only a minute’s walk from its former location.

Q. What happened to the music and art current periodicals?

A. Art and music current periodicals have been integrated with the Social Sciences and Humanities Library current periodicals in the Current Periodicals, Newspapers and Microforms area of the first floor of Geisel Library, adjacent to the music books and scores. They are shelved in call number order which clusters the art (N) and music (M) titles together for ease of browsing.

Q. Have any Arts Library collections been moved offsite?

A. Fortunately only one collection had to be moved offsite, the Controlled Circulation collection (fragile and at-risk art books and journals). These items are available for paging by Arts Library staff for onsite use.

Q. I need to place a film on reserve. Where do I go now that the Film & Video Reserve room no longer exists?

A. The entire film reserve operation is now located in the Arts Library services room. Faculty can come to the Arts Library desk, or submit film reserve requests using the online form.

Q. Where do my students go to obtain access to film reserves?

A. Film Reserve services will be available at the Arts Library desk. All film playback equipment is now located in the Arts Library services room. Staff at the Arts Library desk will provide assistance for all students needing access to both analog film reserves as well as digital media reserves (DMR).

Q. Are there still facilities for students to view films as a group?

A. Yes, there are, but they are limited. For evening and weekend group viewing only, the Arts Library Seminar Room and Room 276 continue to be available. For room reservations contact Leticia Sanabria, lsanabria@ucsd.edu. Additionally, 2 small group spaces (4 viewers) have been set up in the Arts Library services room. For larger groups, or daytime screenings, faculty should work with their academic departmental staff (MSO, etc.) to make arrangements for screening in other campus spaces.

Q. I want to use images in the classroom in support of my teaching. Who do I contact?

A. ARTstor is the primary campus resource for finding and using digital images in the classroom and for study and research purposes. ARTstor—which includes digitized versions of the slides formerly in the Slide Collection—consists of more than 500,000 high-quality images and associated tools for managing sets of images and preparing presentations. Contact Vickie O’Riordan, voriordan@ucsd.edu, for information about this important teaching and research resource.

Q. Will you still be doing exhibitions and events during the construction?

A. Yes. Plans for this year include several exciting exhibitions. Since flexible public space will be limited during construction, events will be taken “on the road,” using other venues within the Libraries and elsewhere on campus such as the Loft at the Price Center.

Q. Will InfoStations (computers) still be available for public use?

A. Absolutely. A top priority has been to ensure user access to InfoStations during renovation. Over the summer, 27 InfoStations were relocated to a nearby area, and additional connectivity was added.

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