The moves are a response to the serious budget situation confronting the Library and the campus. They also reflect efforts to economize while still preserving priorities conveyed by faculty and students through surveys, focus groups, interviews, and discussions during the spring semester.
“We heard repeatedly about the need to acquire digital content, while also ensuring that print collections would be as available as possible for in-person browsing,” said University Librarian Sarah Michalak. “Also, that if we needed to move collections, we should do our best to keep science materials together.”
As a result of these conversations, the Library has planned the following:
- The collections of the Brauer Math/Physics Library and the Geological Sciences Library will relocate to expanded browseable stacks in Wilson Library. Materials will be consolidated with the biology and chemistry collections already in Wilson Library, providing the opportunity for interdisciplinary browsing. The science collections are accessible from the South Road entrance to Wilson Library, opposite the Bell Tower.
- Hours for the science collections in Wilson Library will be: Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Sun. 1 -6 p.m. This represents an increase in staffed hours over any of the current science libraries, gained from efficiencies in staffing only a single browsing point.
- The campus delivery (Carolina BLU) program will deliver books to faculty campus boxes, and to the library of choice for students. High-impact undergraduate science collections will remain in the Undergraduate Library, which also provides reserves services in all disciplines.
- The science librarians will have home offices in the newly opened Kenan Science Library in Venable Hall. They will continue to serve the departments in their areas of expertise with consultations, instruction, collection development, and customized services for the departments they work with.
- The Library has purchased expanded backfiles of 42 e-journals in physics and the physical sciences from the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the Institute of Physics (IOP), National Research Council (Canada), and Elsevier.
Relocation of and access to science collections in Wilson Library will not be affected by the recently announced installation of sprinklers in the Wilson Library special collections stacks during 2011-12.
For more information about science libraries on the UNC campus, contact Carol Hunter, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Services: (919) 962-1301, firstname.lastname@example.org.