Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mims' The Word: Shift Happens

We Got This  A "human chain" of students was organized to transfer the books from the library on the third
floor of Davidson to the recently completed Mosher Library.  December 1959.  Image courtesy of Dallas
Theological Seminary Mosher and Turpin Libraries
Editor's Note: Today’s post is the first in a series from Jason Mims, Stacks Manager with the Texas Woman's University Libraries.  A member of the TWU Libraries Circulation Department for two and a half years, Jason knows his stuff—about the department, what it does, and how it all pertains to the students, faculty and staff of TWU. Here, he will bring you the word on Circulation Department happenings and news you can use in, as Jason so humbly puts it, the greatest Circulation blog you’ve probably never read.  A TWU graduate, Jason is an unabashed bibliophile who loves his job and is excited to be working on the TWU Libraries blog. When not at the Circulation Desk he can usually be found somewhere in the stacks.  

Ladies and gentlemen . . . Mims’ The Word.

It’s that time again, the start of a brand-new school year.  On behalf of the TWU Libraries I want to welcome all new students--and welcome back all returning students.  Here’s to a successful 2014-2015!

Jason Mims, Stacks Manager with the TWU Libraries.  July 22, 2014.  
Photograph by Kristin Wolski. 
Jumping right into it then, I want to tell you about  something that is happening on the third floor of the library.  If you have been in the Blagg-Huey Library (on the Denton campus) at all in the last few weeks, you may have noticed some movement taking place on that floor—movement we call shiftingShifting is complicated library jargon for moving books from one spot to another (aren’t you glad I cleared that up for you?).  We’re shifting books on the third floor so we'll have a little more shelf space up there.

Why am I telling you this?  How does a little library maintenance affect you?  Well, this move means that the cards on the end of the ranges (explaining which call numbers are shelved where) are now incorrect.  If you are on the third floor searching diligently for an item, then, you may have to Sherlock a bit more meticulously than usual to find what you're looking for, or . . . you can come down (to the Circulation Desk on the first floor) and ask us to help you locate what you’re hunting.  We’re really good at finding items.

I don’t want anybody to panic about this shift or about looking for the books they need.  You will still be able to find anything you need—and if you can’t, we’re here to help.  

As soon as the third floor has been completely shifted, new call number cards will be placed at the end of the ranges, making looking for books as easy as it has always been.  This project shouldn’t take forever, either.  I will keep you posted on its progress.  

Questions?  Give the Circulation Department a call at 940-898-3719 or email us at circ@twu.edu.  You can also visit us in person (we’re on the left as you enter the building, across from the Information Desk.)  Whatever floats your boat.

Alright, T Dub community, that’s it for this one.  Until next time.

~Jason Mims

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