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The Summer of Kapow!

Have you met Fauna, Librarian of the Beasties? Or the Librarian for Vulcan Studies? To whom do these alter egos belong? Visitors to the library’s current exhibit can learn their identities and see them up close.  

“Warning: Graphic Content” features both library faculty and staff, and many books and films from library collections. The colorful exhibit is a play on the enormous and increasingly mainstream popularity of comic books, graphic novels, webcomics, and movies based on comic books.  It’s on display through July 31. For more information, contact Erica Bogese, bogese@american.edu, the collection development staff member who coordinated this joint effort with the library’s exhibits team.

Space Saving Moves

This summer, in order to free second and third floor library space for new books, several collection moves are underway.

The first step, moving print journals (except art and art history journals) to the Washington Research Library Center (WRLC) has been completed.  Journal articles and volumes can easily be recalled from the WRLC Center and can be found online in the library’s electronic databases.  For ease of image viewing, art and art history journals will remain on the lower level

A second move, readying the lower level area to house part of the library’s book collection, is currently underway.  That move will ultimately free up second and third floor space that’s needed for new books. 

The library’s lower level is also being prepared for a connection to the new SIS building currently under construction.  The resulting space will be a state-of-the-art Graduate Research Center located in library space beneath the SIS building. The floor plan for this new space is on display on the first floor of the library. Also planned for the lower level are many upgrades to the Digital Media Studio—a facility where students, staff, and faculty can create original media productions.  The equipment, software, and staff support for the studio are already available; the renovated space will enhance this service.

Other renovations will occur above ground, especially on the first floor.  The reference desk will be relocated. Outdated furniture will be replaced, new study spaces for groups and individuals and new computer and printer workstation areas will be created. 

Upstairs, the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) will be moved from the second floor to a room on the third floor—a change designed to promote silence on the designated “quiet” floor—and provide additional space for the CMC.

By August Welcome Week, the library will offer many exciting new possibilities for new and returning students—please, come visit.