Collections Consolidation Update, Impact on S&E Collections

As many of you are aware, the UCSD Libraries are consolidating collections as we reduce the number of buildings and plan how we can best utilize the Geisel and Biomedical Library spaces.  To summarize: As a result of budget cuts and the consolidations that have accompanied them, the Libraries are transitioning from a discipline-based and decentralized structure to a comprehensive library in two locations that offers a suite of services across its facilities.  The Associate University Librarian for Collections has posted an update on the progress made and the proposed plans going forward:  http://libraries.ucsd.edu/collections/consolidation-qa.html

Of special note:

Q.  What about the Science & Engineering Library?  Where will those materials reside?
A.  Our current plans call for the physics and chemistry resources to be integrated in the Biomedical Library building, where they will complement the existing life sciences collections in that facility, sometime in 2013.  This includes the current periodicals and books. Those materials in engineering and mathematical sciences will continue to be housed in the Geisel Library building, where they will remain in close proximity to the Jacobs School of Engineering.  This decision is not final, however, and we encourage feedback from affected faculty to ensure that our decision about the location of the collections best meets the needs of the campus community. (Pre-2000 print journals will be stored offsite at the Annex. We will continue to scan articles on demand.)

Your feedback on this is critical. If you have questions, concerns or comments, you can contact your liaison librarian directly or use the form on the webpage. We’ll compile all feedback received between now and the end of the academic year, when the final decisions on the collection dispositions will be made.

  • Teri Vogel: tmvogel@ucsd.edu
    Chemistry & Biochemistry, Materials Science, Chemical & Nanoengineering
  • Deborah Kegel: dkegel@ucsd.edu
    Physics, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
  • David Schmitt: dschmitt@ucsd.edu
    Bioengineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Structural Engineering
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