Disaster? or Opportunity!

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As some of you know, Scholes Library experienced a bit of “disaster” last week.  A weather related radiator issue caused a small flood on our ground floor (Engineering Area).  Library staff were at the ready and all library materials were saved by our prepared and quick-thinking staff.  We were assisted by an all-hands-on-deck call to dedicated physical plant staff who stopped the fooding and worked quickly to dry us out.  We are extremely grateful and proud of our prepared and quick-thinking college staff who suffered little more than “wrinkled toes” from the flooding and clean-up.

From this unfortunate event springs a wonderful opportunity for Scholes Library.  As we prepare to put the space into functional order we are able to dream a little.  Do we really need these book stacks?  Have many of these titles and journals been replaced by electronic content?  Are there a better uses for this space that could address an immediate study need?  Can we use this opportunity to build a space in Scholes Library that will foster creativity and bring classroom learning to life?

Know that your library is looking to turn this unfortunate event into a innovative library space that will be designed for comfort and productivity and …..  YOU CAN HELP.  What are your thoughts?  What are your needs?

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What would you like to see in our disaster turned opportunity renovated library space?

If you have any thoughts, please forward them to Engineering Librarian Trevor Riley at riley@alfred.edu or Director Mark Smith at msmith@alfred.edu

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