20, No. 8, Oct. 19, 2000
Undergrad Library celebrates 30
years of service
Mabry , Assistant Editor
(217) 244-1072; email@example.com
by Bill Wiegand
a student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, takes
advantage of one of the study carrels in the Undergraduate
Library. Future plans call for the carrels to be updated with
plug-ins for laptop computers.
Thirty years ago,
the Undergraduate Library was built to give undergraduate students their
own collection of books and materials.
In 1970, it had about 80,000 volumes, two PLATO terminals for students
to use, and a fledgling card catalog.
Today, it has more than 250,000 volumes, more than 60 computer workstations
for student use, including a computer lab operated by the Computing
and Communications Services Office, a multi-media based classroom and
a Web-based catalog.
Joyce Wright, director of the Undergraduate Library, said it is one
of only 30 such libraries dedicated to undergraduates in the country.
It was the first to be built underground; Purdue University at West
Lafayette, Ind., later also built one underground.
by Bill Wiegand
|On the Web The
library's Web-based catalog makes it easier than ever to find
the right resource among its more than 250,000 voumes. Patrons
can perform searches and place holds on materials from computers
at the library or from the Internet through any other site.
UI architects planned
the librarys unique underground location so it would not shade
the historic Morrow Plots next door, but yet it is handy to the Main
Library and is, in fact, connected by an underground tunnel.
Wright said the services provided at the library have expanded through
the years to meet the needs of the students. Among them:
This is a pilot program that is expected to be in full service by
the end of the 2001-02 school year. This service scans reserved items
and offers them online so those students can read the items from computers
in their own rooms or any other location. This is a great convenience
for students, Wright said, because in the past they have had to go
to the library to read and copy the reserved items themselves.
Cluster area This is a collection of books and materials
that provides information on colleges and careers, such as how to
write resumes, what to wear at interviews, hot jobs available, and
how to study for graduate or professional school exams.
This area of the library provides a collection of items that offer
self-help materials to students for concerns that range from eating
disorders to how to study for finals.
The undergrad library is open 107 hours a week. Monday through Thursday
the hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday the library is open from
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday it is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on
Sunday from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.
classes The library offers courses and workshops
on how to use the online catalogs and also basic courses on how to
use the library, required of speech communications or rhetoric students.
This contains items ranging from DVDs to videos to old LP albums.
Many professors put these items on reserve for their classes, and
students can reserve times to view the materials at one of 16 stations.
Future plans for
the library call for some remodeling, since it has not been renovated
in 30 years, Wright said. The need is for a better use of space to accommodate
more computer workstations and also such necessities as study carrels
with plug-ins for laptop computers, and areas where students can meet
in small groups for team assignments.
The remodeling is on the universitys wish list for the future,
Wright said, and plans are being made to budget and prepare for the
project in the coming years.
Library collection includes:
- More than 250,000
- 320 current
magazine and journal subscriptions.
- 3,200 reserve
- More than 75,000
- Plus, adaptive
equipment to assist users with disabilities.
To celebrate the
30th anniversary of the Undergraduate Library, free cake will be served
to patrons from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the library. Informational
fliers about the library and free bookmarks also will be available.