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April 22, 2009 - 2:20pm

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Why is the Audio Visual Library moving?

When will the move occur?

What will become of the space formerly inhabited by Audio Visual Library in the Flawn Academic Center?

The Audio Visual Library was much more accessible at the Flawn Academic Center location. Why didn't the Libraries choose a more central location?

Where will I park in order to access the audiovisual materials at Fine Arts Library?

What will become of current Audio Visual Library staff?

Will Audio Visual Library offer the same services?

What will happen to the Audio Visual Library collections?

How can I be sure that I will be able to reserve a screening room for my class in spring of 2010?

Does the Fine Arts Library have the capacity to offer the same amount of service?

How will this affect the Summer 2009 classes?

How will students view "Library Use Only" media assignments?

Who can we talk to about this decision?
 

Why is the Audio Visual Library moving?

The decision to move the Audio Visual Library (AVL) was carefully considered by Libraries administration, and a determination was made that moving the AVL would be beneficial both in terms of streamlining and improving services, and from a fiscal standpoint. By setting the Audio Visual Library within a body that has traditionally dealt in similar materials and formats, the Libraries hope to make the space in the Doty Fine Arts Building a one-stop shop for the majority of patrons. Back to top

 

When will the move occur?

Currently project scheduling has the Audio Visual Library closing for a brief period on July 11, 2009, and reopening in its new space on August 2, 2009. Back to top

 

What will become of the space formerly inhabited by Audio Visual Library in the Flawn Academic Center?

The Flawn Academic Center is under the purview of the Provost, and questions regarding utilization of its space should be referred to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. Back to top

 

The Audio Visual Library was much more accessible at the Flawn Academic Center location. Why didn't the Libraries choose a more central location?

As we are too often made aware, there is little space on the campus of the University in which to build new space or commit existing space for new or additional use.  In this particular case, the Fine Arts Library provided both a natural fit – by virtue of its similar collections and tools – and available space and resources for the incorporation of the Audio Visual Library. Back to top

 

Where will I park in order to access the audiovisual materials at Fine Arts Library?

Currently, there are two options for parking. The Manor Garage at the southeast corner of the intersection of Clyde Littlefield Drive and Robert Dedman Drive has long-term pay parking available. Faculty, staff and students should also be able to park on Trinity Street on evenings and weekends for free.  For quick pick-ups, the Fine Arts Library has three loading zone spaces available on the north side of the building just off Trinity Street for temporary or run-in parking.

In much the same way that there is a finite amount of space available on campus for new construction or conversion, we feel the pinch of parking on an almost daily basis. In fact, not only is this an issue for the new location, but it has been an issue for the traditional location as well. Back to top

 

What will become of current Audio Visual Library staff?

The Libraries values highly the service of Audio Visual Library staff and they will be incorporated into staffing of the Fine Arts Library. Back to top

 

Will Audio Visual Library offer the same services?

Yes. In fact, as part of this reconfiguration, Audio Visual Library will be provided new equipment, thus actually improving upon extant services. Back to top

 

What will happen to the Audio Visual Library collections?

The Audio Visual collections will be incorporated into the Fine Arts Library collections. Back to top

 

How can I be sure that I will be able to reserve a screening room for my class in spring of 2010?

Services that have come to be expected from the Audio Visual Library will continue and will even see some enhancements over time. Only during the period of the move – from 7/11-8/2 – could there be slight delays in service. Both the number of rooms and the number of available seats will increase with the Audio Visual Library's move to the Fine Arts Library. Back to top

 

Does the Fine Arts Library have the capacity to offer the same amount of service?

With Audio Visual Library staff consolidated with Fine Arts Library staff, we expect the level of service to be increased in scope and capacity due to the expanded knowledge base. Additionally, by combining these two fantastic resources, we believe that the whole is incrementally better than the sum of its parts. Back to top

 

How will this affect the Summer 2009 classes?

Though this move will be taking place after the first Summer 2009 session, there could be minor delays in service for the first session as preparations are made for a smooth transfer of materials and resources from the Flawn Academic Center to the Fine Arts Library.

During the period of Audio Visual Library closure (7/11-8/2), only faculty requests will be fulfilled; other patron requests will go into hiatus until the Audio Visual Library reopens in its new setting.

Summer Session II course reserves for materials from the Audio Visual Library can be accessed from the Circulation Desk at the Fine Arts Library. Summer Session II requests should be received in the Audio Visual Library Office by July 6th so there is time to transfer the materials to the Fine Arts Library.

“Faculty Pickups” can be claimed from the Audio Visual Library Office, FAC 340, through July 10, 2009. Back to top

 

How will students view "Library Use Only" media assignments?

During the period of the Audio Visual Library move (7/11-8/2), "Library Use Only" materials will be accessed and can be viewed at the Fine Arts Library.  Patrons will have access to viewing stations or portable DVD players available for check out. Back to top

 

Who can we talk to about this decision?

Please direct your inquiries to the University of Texas Libraries Communications Officer, Travis Willmann, twillmann@mail.utexas.edu or (512) 495-4644.

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For more information about this and all University of Texas Libraries news releases, please contact the current Communications Director, Travis Willmann, at traviswillmann@austin.utexas.edu or (512) 495-4644.


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