Open House Event

Please save part of the afternoon of Friday, November 17th, 1-6pm, for an Open House celebrating the 88th birthday of the Geography Library (and future transitioning).

Light refreshments while they last (feel free to bring something to make it less light)

Polka Music will be provided

Geography Lecture in rm.180 by Jack Williams at 3:30
‘From Mud to Models: Building Community-Curated Data Resources to Study Species Responses to Past and Present Global Environmental Change
Prof. Jack Williams, UW Madison, Department of Geography

After Talk Reception back in the Geography Library.


• WHERE WILL MATERIALS FROM THE GEOGRAPHY LIBRARY GO? Several Libraries around campus will intake the materials from Geography or they will be transferred to storage based on frequency of use.
• WHY THE NEED FOR CHANGE? This transition and transformation of the Geography Library space is part of the Libraries’ overall consolidation efforts across campus. It is a closely coordinated effort in partnership with the Department of Geography to overhaul the space to make it more flexible and accessible for students and faculty, while still providing the services and materials the libraries offer.
• WHAT ABOUT THE CARTOGRAPHY LAB? A transformation of the cartography lab is part of the vision for the new space. Finding a new way to shape that space, while maintaining the creative and comfortable culture that is so deeply enjoyed is a key component to how plans for this space will be executed.
• NOVEMBER 17, 2017
o Open House celebrating 88th birthday of the Geography Library and future transitioning
o 1:00 – 6:00 P.M.
• DECEMBER 23, 2017
o Geography Library will close as a SERVICE POINT as of December 23, 2017.
o Collection processing will take place in the space through August of 2018.
o Library materials will temporarily be inaccessible during the processing period.
• DECEMBER 23, 2017: AUGUST 31, 2018
o The READING ROOM, STACKS and Hartshorne Conference Room will be inaccessible to patrons.
o The Geography Department and Nelson Institute will provide alternate spaces on a case by case basis during the displacement period.
o Faculty and Staff must notify Tom Tews of any materials they intend to use during Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 terms prior to December 15, 2017.
o Tom Tews can set materials aside to be processed more quickly so they can be used for reserves or other course support.
o Geography Librarian Tom Tews will retain a presence in his current office (280B) in Science Hall to provide continued assistance during and after the library’s closure.
o Tom will continue to serve as the library liaison to the Geography Department, including collection development and instruction responsibilities.
o The upcoming transformation plan for the Geography Library will not impact hours or services available in the Robinson Map Library.
*Look for continued updates and stories this winter on the transitioning process and plans.