Once again, the upcoming new library/learning commons has been the focus of most projects with library staff this year. The library will be part of a combined learning commons and student center with the building name, University Center. The library will occupy half of the second floor of the building and the entirety of the third floor.
Library staff spent all of FY2017 evaluating collections. Since approximately half of the print book collection will be transferred to storage facilities in the upcoming University Northwest Campus facility, selection of the print collection that will transfer to the new library has been added to collection evaluation duties. Other collection evaluation projects have involved map collections, periodical back files in both print and microform, and legacy government publications remaining from before we moved to an all digital depository status.
In FY2018, we will be focusing less on the collections and more on the services as we will transition from two circulation desks (one on each floor) to a single circulation desk in the new library. We will be looking at every aspect of library services to be as prepared as we can be for the demands of this new building. A primary new service will be the retrieval of books “on call” from the storage facility.
The reorganization of the Victoria Regional History Center began in FY2017. This reorganization was necessary to split the archives of the Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria into separate collection designations in our online catalog for easier identification and retrieval.
We are looking forward to having more study spaces—for groups, as well as individuals—with updated furniture and “study pods,” which are individual study carrels cleverly disguised as furniture. Another new space being planned is a makerspace (still to be named) which will provide users with technologies for 3-D scanning and printing, video recording and editing, and expanded printing, i.e. CNC and poster printers.