Friday, May 23, 2008

Library Looks Ahead to 08/09

As the 2007/08 Academic Year draws to a close the LAC Library celebrates an anniversary; it’s now one year since the library relocated many of its collections to off-site storage, moved to its current temporary site in the basement of the E Building, and since construction began on the renovation of library, Building L. It’s obvious to all at LAC that construction is progressing and that the improvements will be significant, for example:

* An expanded building “footprint” that will extend the walls on the north side

* Elimination of confining and confusing multi-floor book stacks so that library collections can be configured for easy access on the first floor

* Better facilities for library skills instruction and access to the library’s growing collection of web-based books and databases

But Building L won’t be ready for the library and its other tenants to reoccupy before 2009; current plans are for the renovation to be complete by the start of the Spring, 2009 semester. In the meantime the library will continue to operate out of the E-Building and Trailer TU at LAC, where its temporary facilities include a small collection of print books, journals and reference books (recently augmented with new titles), as well as access to thousands of e-books, e-journals, image files, and other information resources.

PCC students, staff, and faculty, however, can look forward to more immediate improvements in their library and information services as the PCC Library prepares to occupy a new building this summer. By the fall the library at PCC will move from Building GG to a new facility that will provide students with updated technology, media services and an expanded modern learning resource facility. The PCC Library Learning Resource Center will feature open computer access and multimedia areas for reference, instruction, study, and self-paced education.

The PCC Library will continue to maintain all of the materials in support of the Child Development program including children's materials. In addition, an area has been planned where the youngest students in the Child Development Center can come to look at books and have books read to them.

For more information contact: Kim Barclay,

Library Update #54