Geisel Collections Consolidation Update (Fall 2013)

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Library will be working on completing our efforts to consolidate our physical collections. Since this process began three years ago, we have communicated regularly with faculty and other campus users about our consolidation activities and have, as a result, received numerous faculty comments and suggestions. This feedback has been very helpful to us in determining where best to locate library materials and how best to organize collections to support faculty and student research and teaching. We thank you very much for your input.

Combined Print Reference Collection

Over the summer, we finished the integration of reference titles that had previously been housed in multiple locations throughout the Library. The consolidation of these materials into one area in the West Wing of Geisel will help our users find reference titles more quickly and efficiently, in one location. In addition, the Library’s new Reference & Research Advisory Services program will provide assistance to users from one consolidated desk near that combined reference collection. Also included in this area are newly acquired books, popular journals, popular science, U.S. government, local and state information, maps, and other materials.

Oversized Volumes on the 8th Floor of Geisel

Over the summer, we returned the oversized volumes that had been temporarily housed in our offsite Trade Street Storage Annex to the 8th Floor of Geisel Library. We are in the process of incorporating additional oversized materials from multiple locations and expect to continue this work through the fall quarter.

Compact Shelving in Geisel

The Library has completed installation of compact shelving on the first floor of the East Wing of the Geisel Library. That compact shelving will house monographs in the Q-Z call number ranges, including Scripps materials. Soon, we will also locate on this shelving a continuous run of the bound journal volumes from the upper floors of Geisel and the former IR/PS, Science & Engineering, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library collections. The journals housed in the Biomedical Library Building, along with those located on the first floor of the Geisel West wing (in the former Arts Library), will remain in those locations for the near future. In the next several months, we will be assessing and measuring these journals to determine their optimal location within the Geisel compact shelving and the Library’s offsite Trade Street Storage Annex. During this time, we will also actively be acquiring more electronic journal backfiles across all disciplines. After these materials are cataloged and made accessible, we will share lists of them in future updates.

While we realize that our consolidation efforts have resulted in some inconveniences, we are confident that, ultimately, these efforts, in combination with expansion of digital backfiles, will visibly improve collection services for Library users by providing them with quicker and better access to journals formerly dispersed across various campus library locations.While some physical journal volumes may not be immediately available when they are in the process of being moved, we hope that expanded digital access and accurate catalog information indicating the status of materials being moved, will provide you with efficient access to anything you need. We appreciate your patience over the next several months, as we work to complete these projects.

Transfer of Scripps and IR/PS Materials to Geisel Library

In July 2012, following the closure of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library, we initiated efforts to consolidate the Scripps print collections into the Geisel Library. That major endeavor, which has involved the moving of approximately 150,000 books, is now complete. The monographs are now being incorporated into the Geisel collection and journals have been incorporated into the new combined journals area. Scripps materials may continue to be paged from Geisel Library and delivered to the Scripps campus. The Scripps Archives and Library Annex, located on the 3rd floor of the Eckart building on the Scripps campus, will continue to provide access to Scripps special collections and archives during the week, by appointment. To make arrangements, please direct queries and questions to the Special Collections and Archives Program at (858) 534-2533.

The IR/PS materials are now fully integrated into the Geisel collections.

If you have feedback on the Library’s collection consolidation efforts, please send your comments to us at:

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