Students may have seen changes happening in the Lovejoy Library. Empty shelves might seem a bit unusual for a bookcase, but for Lovejoy, that means big updates.
Shelly McDavid, Regional Coordinator for Access and Library Spaces and STEM Librarian, led the project.
“We deselect materials from the collection that have never circulated or have not circulated for six years. We’re essentially shrinking the collection to free up space, ”McDavid said.
McDavid said she hopes that by freeing up space on the second floor, she can create spaces that will benefit students. All remaining books on the second floor will be moved to the third floor, where brand new shelves will soon be installed. She also said the project hit cruising speed this summer and continues to be one of the library’s main goals.
“We have everyone in the library working on the deselection project, even if it’s only an hour a week, just because everyone is on deck right now,” McDavid said. “The whole library is in some ways getting a makeover.”
By removing the fireplaces, McDavid said she hopes to flood the second floor with natural light and beautiful views. She said that since Lovejoy is centrally located near the MUC, it should look like the Student Library, a nice functional hub on campus. She hopes to integrate other student services across campus, such as a small satellite office for the Student Success Center or a Writing Center kiosk, making the library a community space.
Isabel Lamonte, a junior computer engineering major from Belleville, Ill., Said her role was to deselect books and she was sad to see some books go missing. She was hired last summer to help with projects, but often helps out at reception or wherever needed now that the school year has started.
“We’re also going to change our shelves and make them nicer and cleaner, and possibly add more discussion or collaboration areas for groups and students. So I think it will bring a lot more good to the place, ”Lamonte said. “It’s nice to see my tuition going to better things, so I can be proud of what the campus has. “
Junior geography major Kyra Dietz, of Troy, Missouri, also worked at the library and said she enjoys her job and is excited to see what the new changes will bring to the library.
“I took out some 1950s books that were barely touched and put them in a box and stamped the box with ‘Lovejoy withdrawal’,” Dietz said. “I I always feel so bad about the volume of my tape when I’m
work on the boxes because the library is supposed to be silent. But I love it here, I’m already like, ‘Sign me up for the next semester.’ ”
Librarians and hardworking students have said they hope that by the next fall semester, the project will be completed.