Aug. 20, 2008 – Many changes have occurred in the University Libraries since the end of the spring semester. Here is a rundown of what is new:
- New entrance to Newman Library
- The doors to the 1954 wing of Newman Library, closed since the 1981 addition opened, are now the primary entrance to Newman Library. The doors on the first floor near the entrance to Special Collections have closed. Patrons can still enter the library through Torgersen.
- Art + Architecture branch library returned to Cowgill Hall
- The Art + Architecture branch library spent a year in the Surge Building while Cowgill Hall underwent renovations. The branch is now back in Cowgill along with the Architecture department. Located in room 100, the branch has a new service desk built by Tim Castine.
- Circulation Desk moved to second floor
- The Newman Circulation/Reserve Desk is now located on the second floor by the new entrance. Collections stored in Circulation have traveled with them, including DVDs, VHS tapes and music CDs. Patrons can also pick up Interlibrary Loan books from this desk instead of going to the first floor. Audio/visual equipment that used to be across from the Circulation Desk on the first floor is now located at the back of the Learning Commons area on the second floor.
- Reference desk split
- The Reference Desk has split into two services desks: the Business, Humanities & Social Sciences desk is located on the second floor, just past the Circulation Desk; the Science and Technology desk is located on the fourth floor near the main elevators. The Reference Collection has similarly split. Reference items with call numbers A-P and most Zs are located near the second floor desk in long shelves perpendicular to the regular Stacks. Reference items with call numbers Q-V and the remaining Zs are located across from the main elevators and fourth floor desk. Addison will always indicated the location of reference items.
- Collections moved in Newman Library
- Many collections have moved to accommodate the new entrance and new service desk locations. Government documents are now located on the first floor, between the microforms area and interlibrary loan office. (Census materials are still located on the second floor.) Microform readers and printers have shifted around the corner from their old location on the first floor. The A-E call numbers have shifted clockwise around the second floor. Current newspapers are also on the second floor. Current periodicals have been compacted on the fourth floor.
- Addison gets a new look
- Addison has a new look that makes it more consistent with other university web sites. (The other library websites will be converting over the course of the academic year.) This upgrade has also introduced new features that will be detailed in Library News posting in the future.
- Popular reading/Browse books subscription ended
- Popular Reading books (formerly known as Browse Books) are no longer being rented. We still add popular fiction and best sellers to the collection. See our new guide for finding Pleasure Reading books.
- EBSCOhost databases replace InfoTrac
- Several popular general-purpose databases, including Infotrac Academic Onefile, General Onefile, Expanded Academic Index, Health Reference Center and Business Resource Center, were provided by the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) to Virginia Tech and other Virginia colleges. VIVA has changed its contract for general-purpose databases to
, and now the InfoTrac databases are no longer available. Equivalent, but often times larger, databases from EBSCOhost are available for all the examples listed above. These databases include approximately four times as many full-text journals, so users will have quicker access to the articles they find.
- 5000 new ebooks from Safari Books Online
- We have access to almost 5000 additional ebooks from
Safari Books Online
. These ebooks primarily cover computer science and programming, but titles on business and marketing are also available.
- Classical Music Library offers streaming music
- A new subscription to
Classical Music Library
allows users to listen to streaming music in genres such as medieval to contemporary, from choral works to symphonies, operas, and the avant-garde.