Summer 2015 FAQs
When will the Geology Library be closed for renovation?
The Geology Library will be closed to the public from May 16-August 31, 2015. If renovations finish early, the Geology Library will open earlier than anticipated.
What is happening to Jackson Geosciences Building (JGB)?
JGB is undergoing major power and HVAC renovations in the old wing. The official start date of construction is May 25, 2015, but preparatory activities will occur before then.
During the renovations, the entire building will be closed to the public. Only authorized personnel with proximity cards will be able to enter JGB.
What does this mean for the library?
The Geology Library’s last day open to the public will be May 15, 2015. Staff will still be working in the library but will need to vacate the current staff work area and move to the Circulation Desk and Reading Room areas.
After renovations are completed in JGB, Geology Library staff will move back to their original work areas. We anticipate only a slight delay of a business day or two between completion and move-back.
What does this mean if I’m graduating?
Master’s and Ph.D. students should plan ahead in fulfilling all of the graduation requirements that pertain to the library. Talk to or e-mail Dennis at email@example.com for more information. If you drop by the Circulation desk and no one is there, ask to see the graduating FAQ sheet.
What is the best way to reach the Geology Library for reference questions?
Who do I contact about Fines for Geology Library materials?
Email Dennis Trombatore at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Geology Library at 512-495-4680.
Where can I return materials?
You will be able to return materials to any other library or bookdrop as appropriate to material type. From May 16-August 31, 2015, the Geology Library will not be a drop-off location for materials.
How will Pick It Up and Get A Scan be handled?
Geology Library staff will still retrieve materials for Pick It Up and scan items for Get A Scan. However, from May 16-August 31, 2015, the Geology Library will not be available as a pickup location. Pick It Up will give you the option of selecting another library as a pickup location.
How will InterLibrary Services (ILS) loans be handled?
You will be able to make ILS requests, but during the summer the Geology Library will not be available as a pickup location. The request form will direct you to select another library as a pickup location.
What if I need to scan a map?
The PCL Map Room has a map scanner.
Can I still check out a laptop?
The last day to check out laptops will be May 14, 2015. The Geology Library will permanently discontinue the laptop check-out service at that time.
What will happen to Geology Library Reserves?
If there is a Geology course during the summer, the course reserves materials will be held at another library.
What will happen to Geology Library New Book Shelf?
There will not be a Geology Library New Book Shelf during the summer.
What materials are vulnerable during renovations?
The older a print item is, the more likely it is to mildew or get eaten by bugs. Books made of coated stock or shiny paper are vulnerable when wet, because moisture activates the clay coating and turns the book into a brick. Anything previously stored in poor conditions, or that has had food or drink spilled on it, is very vulnerable.
Remove these to a safe space: photographs, slides, tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc. The organics are especially vulnerable.
Some rock samples should be taken away, particularly if they have sulphides or other reactive or soluble minerals.
What can I do to take care of library materials and other items during the summer?
The best solution is to move the things you really care about out of the space for the duration. A safe place to store books would have stable temperature and humidity and would be a place you could access if materials were recalled. If you will be gone, please designate someone to respond to recall requests while you are away.
Another option is to return your library materials before the lock-out date.
Throw Away Food
Throw away food and drink to prevent spillage, mold, or insect foraging.
Vacuum and Clean
One tip is to get a good vacuum cleaner and really clean the exposed surfaces of materials as best you can to lower the load of spores and food for bugs. Clean materials that you are taking as well as materials that you are leaving.
Set Insect Traps
Insect traps would be helpful.
Cover the windows with black plastic as a vapor barrier and light barrier. The window cover will lower heat gain and possibly help with the humidity.
Clear the Floors
Get materials off the floor, in case there might be water or flooding.
Put Filters on Air Ducts
There will possibly be quite a bit of particulate matter in the ducts when the air systems are tested, perhaps some kind of filter bags over the air vents would be helpful. Pantyhose comes to mind as a cheap hack for this.
Dessicants could be useful for closed spaces, i.e. map flats, file cabinets, book cases with doors, trunks, etc. Place desiccant in a waterproof container inside the closed space. Caution: A desiccant in an open room will be pretty useless, and maybe counterproductive.
Exercise Caution with Condensation and Draping
Be very careful about draping furniture, equipment or shelves with plastic, as condensation underneath could cause a very damp microclimate.