There is a lot going on with the start of the semester upon us. Many members of the Central Libraries participated in Move-In Day. Thanks to each of you for your service to our great incoming class. This is such a great opportunity to give students, and their families, a first taste of Baylor hospitality!
In the CL this week we hosted (at least) three big events: New faculty spent Monday afternoon in Jones 200 as part of their two-day orientation. This gave us a chance to introduce them to their assigned liaison librarians, and to some key contacts in the Electronic Library. On Day 2, Tim and I had a slot on the agenda to share a bit about library services with these new university colleagues.
We also hosted, and co-sponsored, the annual reception for new graduate students in the Allbritton Foyer on Wednesday. More than 200 graduate students heard remarks from Pattie, from Dean Larry Lyon, from VP Kevin Jackson, and from President Starr. After the reception, just about every one of the 200+ made their way to the Incubator for an information fair, and the Libraries’ table was well positioned to provide lots of interaction as they filed in for Dr. Pepper floats. Some then ventured over to Jones 200 for information on health insurance.
Also on Wednesday, thanks to a quick reset coordinated by Don, we hosted the make-up Orientation information fair and Dr. Pepper Hour for incoming freshman who didn’t make it here over the summer. Once again the CL had a table to greet these students and give away some library bling.
You may have noticed a few big, green umbrellas sprout along the 3rd St. side of the Moody deck. Four more umbrellas are waiting for more tables and chairs to arrive. When all is said and done, we will have 20 tables, 80 chairs, and eight umbrellas on the Moody deck, thanks to support from generous library donors.
Looking ahead, next week (on Friday) the Central Libraries will be an additional location for “Late Night,” sponsored by Student Activities. Late Night provides an opportunity for for students to learn about campus student organizations. The Libraries will host a scavenger hunt as a fun part of the evening. The Central Libraries will remain open until midnight for Late Night.
I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but the New Media Consortium has released a new report: New Media Consortium Horizon Report – 2015 Library Edition. Looking at the table of contents, it appears to be worth a quick read. It also looks like the projects we are working on concerning data and instruction are right on target for the changes coming our way!
Coming soon…I’ll post some information on the the impact of the 11 September Traditions Rally/Brad Paisley concert on the Central Libraries. I have a few details now, but will know more in a couple weeks. There will be some minor inconveniences, but nothing that should have a serious impact on the Central Libraries.