Library Information Commons is Up and Running

Happy Labor Day Weekend. Here is a picture of the almost finished product. We are still going to order signs and are still waiting on new desk chairs, but you get the picture. So far, the LIC has been met with positive response!

In addition to the physical changes, we are working to make administrative changes as well. Together with staff from Information Technology Services and First-Year Programs, we have formed the Library Information Commons Steering Committee. This group is working on issues regarding cross-training of staff, communication amongst units, and setting learning objectives for interactions with students. Two of our faculty members will be presenting on this last initiative at the CAL Conference in November.

LIC North

LIC South and FY Advisors

Come up and see us!



Picture of Study Carrel

For everyone who expressed interest in seeing pictures of the tables and study carrels, here is a photo of the study carrel. Unfortunately, the 3 x 5 tables are already gone to someone on our campus. I’m sorry, I know those were really in demand!

The carrels are single sided with an upright back that can be placed flush against a wall. Each carrel is 24” deep by approximately 40” wide. They do not have sides. As you can see, the chairs have black plastic molded backs and metal legs with upholstered seats in a variety of colors. They are in fairly good shape and are actually quite comfortable to sit in.

Please respond by email to if you are interested in carrels or chairs that you can come and pick up.

Library Carrell

Library Information Commons is Almost Here

For those of you who have seen our library before, here’s a picture of what we’ve been doing lately. (And one of the reasons I’ve been quiet on the blogging front.)

CSU-Pueblo Library 2nd FloorCSU-Pueblo Library 2nd Floor

The new Library Information Commons will include group presentation rooms, laptop study tables, group and individual study areas, the reference collection and library classroom, and the First-Year Student Center.

Come by in a few weeks and see us!


Scrapping Dewey

In his blog, The Travelin’ Librarian, today Michael Sauers wrote about a library in Arizona that is doing away with classification numbers altogether, opting instead to shelves books by topic. I think I got that right! As one person commented, don’t they know the Dewey Decimal System arranges books by topic? Hellooooo? Sorry for lapsing into sarcasm. I agree with Michael and those who commented on his post that this is a classic case of throwing the baby out with the bath water. I’ll be really interested to find out how this works out.

The Travelin’ Librarian: A new twist in the “bookstore model”

I’m Back

Hi Everyone,

I came to work this morning and realized I hadn’t posted in quite a while. That doesn’t make for a very exciting Blog! Frankly, I just haven’t been making time lately to keep up with reading my daily blogroll postings. That’s usually where I get ideas on what to post. I’ve had a couple of short weeks, due to being out of town and taking a day off for Christmas shopping, so I guess I need to get back on schedule (which probably won’t happen until January 8, actually.)

Two weeks ago I attended a fantastic two day workshop hosted by CLiC called the Coaching Edge. It was very eye opening. I hadn’t really considered my relationships, both personal and professional, in terms of “coaching”. However, I realize now that many of my interactions with others including co-workers, employees, and even family members could be viewed in this light. The workshop validated some strategies I have already been using, albeit subconsciously and also taught some new approaches, which I think will be invaluable!

Last week, I spent one whole day meeting with our architects. We are getting close to finishing the program plan for our building renovation. We are looking at completely renovating the building and adding between 20,000 and 30,000 square feet to the building. The architects have been fabulous. We are working with Joe Bilotta from JBA, Inc., Patrick Johnson from H&L Architects, and Geoff Freeman from Shepley-Bulfinch. I have really appreciated their tenacity in getting us to think outside of our current “box” and not to be constrained by current practices. Some of the small changes we have already made to our building such as adding a coffee cart and more open student study spaces has already increased our building traffic by over 20%, so I feel confident that the plans we are working on to expand these offerings will be well-met by our patrons. We have agreed on a strategy of planning the new facility not based on traditional library functions so much as on levels of social interaction, levels of technology, and levels of support needed. Also, we are working to closely integrate ITS and academic support services with traditional library services to create a very organic student success focused space.

Today I met with other Colorado Academic Library Consortium members to continue planning for our 2nd Colorado Academic Library Summit to be held May 31st/June 1st in Denver. The topic, which I’m very excited about focus on changing landscapes in academic libraries and will include tracks on changing cultures and values within libraries, changing technologies, and the need for better outreach and collaboration. We are still working out the details including inviting speakers so I’ll give more details soon.

The rest of this week we are just winding down to Christmas break and trying to finish up book ordering and other collection projects. I also have to get my ACRL statistics done by Friday!!!

Best wishes for a Blessed Christmas!

I Agree With Barbara Fister of ACRLog Re: Room of their Own

In a blog posting day (ACRLog » Blog Archive » Room of their Own), responding to a story in this week’s Chronicle about the library renovation at Cal-Poly, Barbara Fister says:

“But to my mind, we can’t all save everything. Storing print runs of JSTOR titles just in case seems to me to be a poor use of expensive space if your students have nowhere to study in the library. Decisions about how little-used but unique materials should be retained need to be wider than any one institution. In Minnesota, we have a shared storage facility open to all libraries in the state, the Minnesota Library Access Center. It’s an amazing place if you ever have a chance to tour it. It’s easy and quick to get things delivered from the “cave” – and though you can’t just bump into them by browsing, most undergraduates will have a better browsing experience with a more select and well-tempered collection than a huge one full of unique and little-used items.”

That was my reaction as well. And I would like to point out that the article was all about faculty reaction to the weeding of the collection and did not mention student response. In my experience, students do not particularly value the experience of serendipitously discovering a dusty periodical volume on the shelf. However, they very much appreciate being able to search for, locate, and download the same article from JSTOR. I think we need to carefully consider whether we are letting emotions get in the way of common sense. After all, not every book or article ever written is worth saving. And, even more likely, most books and articles will only be of interest to a few researchers. It makes good economic sense to house the materials in most demand and use document delivery and other resource sharing methods for the more esoteric materials. As we are planning our library remodel, we are certainly thinking along the same lines as Cal-Poly.

Coffee Doesn’t Matter After All?

StevenB just posted today on an article in the Chronicle that discussed what makes new library buildings “work” for students. It’s interesting to me because some of the trends we have been looking at with our architects were mentioned as NOT being the factors that make the most difference. Read the post from ACRLog called the Lush and Vibrant Library.