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AQ Library Fall 2020: Reopening Updates

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Hello all! 

In this funky time of uncertainty, we thought it prudent to inform you about some changes the library has made. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to serve you and our students to the best of our ability; what has changed, at least somewhat, is the mode of delivery for that service. Our plans will necessarily be adaptable, but here’s a snapshot of things that have changed in order to keep AQ students and staff safe. Please understand that these are not set in stone, and may change as we work through procedures and CDC and college guidelines. We’ll keep you posted

Hours

General Library Hours, starting Wednesday, August 19

Our hours have been cut slightly, and we understand that illness and other staffing concerns may impact these hours as we move through the semester. 

Monday - Thursday: 8am - midnight
Friday: 8am - 7pm
Saturday: 11am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - midnight

Media Department

Media Department services, collections, and equipment will continue to be available. However, browsing in the stacks will be prohibited. We anticipate that the Media Desk will be staffed M-F from 9am - 5pm. Questions can be directed to Chad Buczkowski at buczkcha@aquinas.edu or 632-2132.

Safety Protocols

Library furniture has been removed so that there are least 6 feet between individual seating areas. Unfortunately, this means that we had to remove access to more than half of our computer stations, and nearly 3/4 of our chairs. 

Hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the library, and masks will be required of all who enter. Swipe card access to the building will be limited to current faculty, staff, and students. Like in classrooms, we will ask that students clean their own work spaces themselves, both when they arrive, and before they leave.

Course Reserves

We’ll be housing course reserve materials this fall.. For students who won't be on campus, we will offer scanning services for portions of books and articles (as copyright allows). We are still looking at best practices for short-term (3-hour) reserve materials, and at the very least, we will require hand sanitization and mask use for each checkout. Important clarification: any item that is allowed to leave the building will have to be quarantined for more than 3 days before it will be available for another student.

Reserve materials from last year are still here! If you’d like us to keep what we have on reserve for fall semester, or have any questions, please contact Jeanine Weber at weberjea@aquinas.edu by Monday, August 17. We will be reshelving books that belong to the library, and will send faculty-owned items to the AQ mailroom during the first week of the semester. 

If you’d like to place new items on reserve for fall, fill out this form. 

New Librarian

Austin PhillipsAs many of you know, library co-director Francine Paolini retired this summer; moving forward, Shellie Jeffries will be the sole library director.  We were fortunate to have completed a search for a new librarian last fall, and are pleased to announce that Austin Phillips, our new Web Services and Discovery Librarian, started July 1st. Austin will be liaison to the Art, Communication, English, Music, Theatre, and World Languages departments. He can be reached at atp003@aquinas.edu

Library Instruction

We are happy to offer synchronous and asynchronous virtual library instruction sessions for your courses, but will refrain from hosting in-person sessions this semester. We can also create stand alone research guides, and recorded instructional demonstrations for your specific assignments or projects. We can be flexible with our modes of delivery, and look forward to working with you to be sure your students get the information and support they need. You can request librarian instruction and instructional materials here

Reference Librarian Help

Librarians will physically be in the building, and will help students in person, as needed. Our preferred method, however, will be to provide virtual reference. We are working out the details of how to make this service easily accessible to all and will publicize this to the AQ community as we finalize things. As always, help is available through email, library chat, and phone as well.

Center for Opportunties, Resources, and Excellence (CORE) offices

In order to allow for social distancing in the Center for Opportunities, Resources, and Excellence (CORE), Julie Bevins, Coordinator of the AQ Writing Center, and Sara Haviland, Peer Coaching Services Coordinator, have moved their offices to the two group study rooms on the first floor of the library. We’ve been envisioning more interaction and collaboration with CORE services for a while now, so we are thrilled to have them here in the building!

Room Reservations

Room 302 is still available to reserve for very small group meetings. We haven’t yet reconfigured this room, so the new capacity of the room hasn’t yet been determined. 

The library computer lab has been reconfigured and now has 13 student work stations in addition to the TAP cart, and will be closed unless reserved. To reserve either room, email aqlibrarian@gmail.com.