Vol. IX, no. 2..........................................WINDOWS
Message from the University Librarian
by Bob Seal
The Library staff has undertaken a variety of projects
over the past three years, including two significant endeavors: rearranging
the entire first floor stacks in the summer of 1995 and placing call-number
labels on bound periodicals beginning last Fall. The latter project
is still going on after several months, but is nearing completion.
The reason for the labeling is that we have a goal to rearrange the bound
journals by call-number sometime later this year or in 1998. Since
for most of the Library's history we never cataloged periodicals (we simply
arranged them by title), no volume had a call number label. So tens
of thousands of volumes have been labeled by staff volunteers. At
the same time, staff are identifying periodicals titles to be sent downtown
to our new off-site storage center. We will move approximately 9,000
linear feet (close to two miles) of little-used periodicals and other materials
to provide room for future growth. The stacks are quite full and
the storage center is an interim solution until our building can be expanded.
The move off-site is a major project in itself and a staff committee has
worked very hard to prepare for it. The movement of materials from
the Mary Couts Burnett Library to downtown Fort Worth will take many weeks
to complete and is a joint effort of the Library staff and TCU's Facilities
Speaking of a major effort, Mary Parham recently updated
her history of the Friends of the TCU Library. Her late husband Paul,
former director of the Mary Couts Burnett Library, worked with community
members to start our Friends group 25 years ago this past January.
A few years ago, Mary wrote a very fine history of the Friends which many
of you have seen. In celebration of the Friends' silver anniversary,
we asked Mary to update her work. In addition to printed copies,
it will also be available at the Library's Web site (click on the Friends'
Web Page). Mary, we are extremely grateful to you for your time and effort
in this important project. You have again shown us what it means
to be a true friend of the TCU Library.
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