The library paused book purchasing in January 2013 in order to contribute to the cash flow and budget situation. We built up a good number of book orders over the spring and early summer which will flood the “New Book” shelves in the coming weeks. The library plans to resume regular purchasing materials throughout the new fiscal year.
In addition to some limited eBook selections among regular purchasing, we have initiated a shared purchase with MTLA for 56 titles from Palgrave Macmillan. We are also licensed an interesting package of 3000+ Humanities eBooks from the American Council of Learned Societies. These two platforms have few restrictions or limitations - faculty can even assign them as textbooks with unlimited digital access to the class.
This is a fully-funded building project to make the library and the floors of Gulllixson physically accessible prior to the decommissioning of an existing library elevator (December 2014) and the ATS accreditation visit (March 2015). Two architectural firms presented initial drawings in late July and the winning firm, ESG is beginning a process to develop construction documents and fully estimate costs. We will have some opportunities over the early Fall to engage the broader community in the planning. Final plans will likely go to the board in February for approval before the loudest part of the construction begins in May.
With the end of an expensive copier lease, the library has a new copier located in the Catalog Room. Copies are 10 cents per page to be paid at the circulation desk. You can only scan to email at this point but you don't have to scan to a Luther email.