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Library Bulletin Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Library -- New Orleans
Dental School Library Reopened Following Construction Work
From Tuesday, August 16 through Friday, December 9, 2011, the LSUHSC School of Dentistry Library was closed while the air conditioning system and lights were replaced. During this time, librarians Julie Schiavo and Liz Strother worked at vacant desks in offices on the 2nd floor of the Administration Building; Zerita Dupre worked at the Isché Library in technical services and at the circulation desk.
Most library services and resources were still available during these four months. The student photocopier, printer, and scanner were relocated to the 5th floor photocopier room. In most instances, Julie and Liz were able to retrieve books and journals for patrons from the closed library. All online services, such as database searches, reference questions, and assistance with electronic journal access, continued as usual.
The construction work proceeded in two parts. Quality Group moved books, furniture and equipment from the west side to the east side of the library. After the half of the library housing journals was completed in six weeks, everything was replaced and moving began on the side of the library with monographs and the circulation desk. Except for a few days during asbestos remediation, the staff members were allowed to enter the library while work was progressing.
Beginning December 1, Dental Library staff members worked to prepare the library for reopening. While Quality Group moved everything back into place, the library staff weeded the collection so that one range of shelving could be removed. This opened up the reading room space and allowed for desks and tables to be arranged in a library commons style.
When the library reopened to patrons, the workroom and study rooms were not completed and at this time, these areas are still not finished and are not usable. The library conference room also was not completed because it is scheduled to be merged into the distance learning classroom. With the reopening of the library, the hours were revised to:
-- Liz Strother