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.