Questions about the Social Science Reference Library

January 29th, 2019

We understand there may be a number of questions regarding the Social Science Reference Library consolidation. We have created some library-specific information and an FAQ page with the most up-to-date information we can provide. We encourage you to review the information below and contact Tom Durkin or the Libraries’ Consolidation Team with additional questions you may have.

Quick Questions and Answers

  • WHERE WILL MATERIALS FROM THE SSRL GO? The most frequently used collections will be transferred to Memorial Library, where they can be collocated with other social science materials. Lower use collections and most serials will be transferred to a shelving facility, where they can be requested at any time.
  • WHY THE NEED FOR CHANGE? This transition of the Social Science Reference Library space is part of the Libraries’ overall consolidation efforts across campus. It is a closely coordinated effort in partnership with the College of Letters & Science to overhaul the space to meet urgent space needs identified in an extensive space assessment. Simultaneously, the Libraries will still provide important libraries resources, services and materials to patrons.
  • WHERE WILL INFORMATION BE SHARED ABOUT THE TRANSITION, MATERIALS ACCESSIBLILITY, ETC.? Updates will be made regularly on the Libraries’ website Rethinking Libraries page, the SSRL website homepage (until after collection work is complete), on the Libraries news page, through departmental emails, social media channels, as well as coordinated through campus news (when appropriate).
  • WILL I NEED TO DO ANYTHING? As of May 8, 2019, you may no longer select the SSRL as a pick-up library for book delivery. Please be sure to change your default pick-up library for ILL:

We encourage faculty and staff to use the Campus Office Delivery option to have materials sent directly to your campus mailboxes. Other patrons may choose the most convenient campus library for any materials that you would like to pick up.

What is the Timeline for Consolidation?

  • JANUARY 2019
    • Limited collection work begins in SSRL space, beginning with less active materials; library and all current services remain open through spring semester.
  • MAY 2019
    • Last date to pick up hold or ILL items in SSRL: May 16, 2019
    • Last date as service point: May 17, 2019
    • Full-time collection work begins: May 20, 2019
    • Faculty and Staff must notify Tom Durkin of any materials they intend to use during Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 terms prior to May 1. Tom Durkin can set materials aside to be processed more quickly so they can be used for reserves or other course support.
  • JUNE – AUGUST 2019
    • Collection work continues, library is no longer accessible to visitors.
    • When collection work is complete, the library shelving and circulation desk will be removed to make space for incoming College of Letters & Science renovations.
    • Social Science Librarian Tom Durkin will continue to support research, teaching, and learning in the social sciences.
    • Tom will continue to serve as the library liaison to the Social Science, including collection development and instruction responsibilities.

*Look for continued updates and stories this spring on the transitioning process and plans.

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