As anyone who has visited Milne Library (or this blog) during the past month already knows, the folks here were very busy this summer making improvements to everything from the Writing Learning Center to IDS to the new Service Desk. For a neat little overview, click here to watch a student-produced video highlighting these changes.
Over the summer, additional study tables were added to the Periodical Area on Milne’s lower level. The space was freed up after a reorganization of the print periodical collections that included integrating 11,000 Milne periodicals and 6,000 Holcomb periodicals into the Fraser Periodical Storage Area. The migration of many of our journals to an online format means that much of our print collection does not need to be readily accessible and can be housed elsewhere on campus. Patrons can request retrieval of stored material by filling out an IDS request form.
Yes, it’s true that the Reference Desk previously located directly behind the Minerva statue was removed during summer renovations. But rest assured that the personnel and services provided at the former Reference Desk have not gone away. In fact, they have been relocated in an area specifically designed to provided better and more in-depth research assistance.
The new Research Consultations area is situated directly behind the revamped Service Desk and features three computer work stations equipped with large monitors, a conference-sized table suitable for group consultations, and white boards useful for brainstorming ideas or documenting strategies. Both students and faculty will find the new environment more relaxed and better suited for the give-and-take of the research interview process. The new setting away from the busy traffic flow will mean fewer interruptions and distractions during consultation sessions.
We want to encourage EVERYONE to engage the reference librarians in the new Research Consultations area via any of several options. At any time feel free to drop-in and ask a librarian for assistance. Another popular means of contact is via chat using our IM a Librarian service from the library’s web page. Also from our web site you can schedule an extended Research Consultation with a subject specialist.
Whether you’re new to the campus or just returning after a summer’s absence, get yourself into Milne Library and experience the exhibit “From Normal to Extraordinary: Geneseo’s Proud Tradition of Educating Educators” before it leaves at the end of September. The Milne Gallery is lined with framed photographs, maps and other visual gems from the College Archives and elsewhere, chronicling highlights of SUNY Geneseo’s evolution from normal school to state teachers college to premier public liberal arts college.
The exhibit extends to the Milne Lobby display cases, where various artifacts relating to the history of the College are on view, including early yearbooks, flyers, more photographs and a gown worn by a graduate at the 1903 Geneseo Normal School commencement.
As in previous years, the timing of the College history exhibit is intended to coincide with the summer class reunions, but this year Milne has extended its run so that students and faculty have an opportunity to view and place themselves in this unique historical context.