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Clark Library Update, June 10, 2009

June 10, 2009

The Physical Sciences Library transition team has met three times in the past month, highlights of the discussions so far include: journal access, book relocation and study space.

The team agreed that the journal collection could be transfered to the Annex, supplemented by increased electronic access and the Annex article scan service.  All journals will be moved to the Library Annex over the summer, loose issues will remain in the Clark Library until bound. The move will begin on June 17 and continue for 6-8 weeks. There will be signs in the library indicating what collections are located where and the PSL webpage will be updated with the collection changes. Additional online journal backfiles have been identified. Articles from journals at the Annex can be requested through the Annex article scan service at no charge:

Book relocation options will focus on relocating books that have circulated since 2000 to other libraries on central campus.  Related collections are currently housed in the Engineering, Mann and Mathematics Libraries.  Subject synergies were discussed between these collections and these libraries have been very accommodating in making space.

Maintaining quiet study space is a high priority for the student population in the physical sciences.  This concern was reinforced at a recent meeting with Bob Buhrman, Vice Provost for Research, with other physical sciences department chairs and building representatives concerning future use of the library space.  The transition team will be submitting a proposal for supporting quiet study in this area.

If you have questions or comments about the library transition, you can send an e-mail to or contact the transition team leader Janet McCue directly at

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