Fine Arts Library Updates

Graduate Carrel Assignment Information

Fine Arts Library staff will begin assigning carrels on the 5th floor of the library today (09/02/2018). There is no cost and carrels are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must visit the circulation desk at FAL and present their UT ID card to request and receive their assignments. The process will end when all spaces are filled. Carrels are loaned for the period of one semester.

Fall 2018 Update

Over the summer, the Fine Arts Library underwent a renovation project to refresh the 5th Floor with 60 new study carrels, each including storage, and easy-to-reach outlets; new paint and carpet; enhancement of existing Wi-Fi for greater coverage and stronger signals; the creation of a 12-seat reservable seminar room, as well as reconfigured individual seating. Additional shelving capacity was enabled and there is room to spread out at large tables in and adjacent to the newly designed reading room.

Senior Associate Dean (COFA) Holly Williams and UT Libraries Director of Academic Engagement Catherine Hamer are co-chairing the FAL Advisory Committee, and have drafted a charge, roster and meeting dates. All documentation as well as agendas and meeting minutes, will be posted here after the committee’s first meeting on September 10.  

One agenda item for the first FAL Advisory Committee meeting is to review policies for graduate study carrel and PhD closed study room use and assignment. The following statement was prepared for distribution to all CoFA graduate students:

With the recent renovation of the 5th floor at the Fine Arts Library, UT Libraries is coordinating with the College of Fine Arts to review policies regarding the eligibility for and the usage of study carrels and closed studies on the 5th floor of DFA. Discussions are underway, but no carrel assignments will be made until these policies have been finalized after the September 10th Fine Arts Library Advisory Committee meeting. We hope to begin assigning carrels and closed studies within the next couple of weeks. Thank you for your patience.

Theatre & Dance and Interim Music Librarian, Beth Kerr, retired on August 10 and news of the departure was distributed via a message (link below) to CoFA faculty on August 24. Critical vacancies will be discussed at the first FAL Advisory Committee meeting with other key stakeholders and within UT Libraries administrative bodies, and recruitment decisions will be shared after these consultations. In the interim, two GRAs have been recruited to assist with undergraduate research and teaching, as well as collection development. 

Message to Faculty Regarding Staff Departure (8/24/18)


Fine Arts Library (FAL) Advisory Council

Dean Dempster appointed an advisory council composed of faculty and students to advise the Vice Provost and Director of Libraries on collections management, spaces, and staffing needs at the FAL, launched in Fall 2018.  Holly Williams, Senior Associate Dean with COFA, and Catherine Hamer, Director of Academic Engagement with UTL, co-chair the council.  Membership of the committee was determined by Dean Dempster to include undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty from each department in the college.


FAL Advisory Council Membership

Holly Williams, Senior Associate Dean, COFA

Catherine Hamer, Director of Academic Engagement, UTL

Austin Shirley, Graduate Student, Theatrical Design 

Logan Larsen, Undergraduate Assistant, Studio Art 

Molly Roy, Graduate Student, Theatre and Dance

Amber Welch, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning, UTL

Jim Buhler, Professor, School of Music

Jeff Smith, Professor, Art and Art History

Sydney Kilgore, Media Coordinator, VRC

Becca Pad, Humanities Liaison Librarian, UTL

Fran Dorn, Professor, Theatre and Dance

Sarah Chestnut, Graduate Student, Art Education

David Cohen, Assistant Professor of Practice, Design and Creative Tech

Ann Reynolds, Associate Professor, Art an Art History

Jason Wilkins, Assistant Professor of Practice, Design and Creative Tech

Jessica Chambers, Undergraduate Assistant, Arts and Entertainment Tech

Martha Hilley, Professor, School of Music

Caroline Rock, Clinical Professor, Theatre and Dance

Andrew Carlson, Clinical Professor, Theatre and Dance

Adraint Bereal, Undergraduate Student, Design and Creative Tech

Amelia McElveen, Graduate Student, Musicology

Catherine Kline, Undergraduate Student, Music Studies


FAL Advisory Council Meeting Notes

Monday, September 10, 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday, December 10, 2018

Monday, February 11, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

Monday, April 15, 2019


Fine Arts Library 5th Floor Renovation

Libraries Directors of Academic Engagement Catherine Hamer and Organizational Effectiveness Chris Carter provided stakeholders with a presentation of coming changes to the 5th floor on Friday, June 8, at the Fine Arts Library.

FAL 5th Floor Summer 2018 Refurbishment Presentation.pdf (06/11/18)

Older News

Provost McInnis approved funding to completely refurbish the 5th floor. The following improvements are projected for completion by the launch of the Fall 2018 academic semester:

  • Improved WiFi access
  • New carpet throughout the floor
  • New furniture (tables, chairs, etc.)
  • More electrical outlets
  • Increased shelving capacity on the 5th floor
  • Reservable group study room.  

This page will be updated as work progresses.


Decision Regarding 5th floor of the Fine Arts Library (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Two working groups were formed to explore and address the future of spaces in the Fine Arts Library in Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA).

The first, under the leadership of the UT Libraries, was asked to explore and evaluate the alternatives to having the Fine Arts collection on the fifth floor of DFA—in part or whole—and explore the drawbacks and advantages of those alternatives.

The second considered a) what facilities our new programs need and b) what spaces in the College of Fine Arts, throughout all our buildings and facilities in every department and school, could accommodate these expanding programs. All current spaces throughout the College of Fine Arts facilities are being considered, including the Doty Fine Arts Building.

UT Provost Maurie McInnis, following a review of the Fine Arts Library Task Force Report and recommendations by Dean Dempster and Vice Provost Lorraine Haricombe, accepted their recommendations for the future of the Fine Arts Library. 

Fine Arts Library Task Force Members

  • Wendy Martin, Assistant Director of Stewardship, UT Libraries (chair)
  • Christian Clark, Junior, Butler School of Music
  • Katie Pierce Meyer, Humanities Liaison Librarian for Architecture and Planning
  • Becca Pad, Humanities Liaison Librarian for Fine Arts
  • Stephen Page, Assistant Professor of Saxophone, Butler School of Music
  • Glenn Peers, Professor of Art History, Department of Art and Art History
  • Eric Vera, Graduate Student and Assistant Instructor, Theatre and Dance
  • Amber Welch, Head, Technology Enhanced Learning, UT Libraries

Related documents and statements

Response from UT Provost Maurie McInnis (4/6/18)

Report of the School of Design and Creative Technologies Space Planning Task Force (4/4/18)

Recommendations on the Fine Arts Library from Dean Dempster and Vice Provost Haricombe (4/4/18)

Report of the Fine Arts Library Task Force (4/2/18)

Read a memo to College of Fine Arts students from Dean Doug Dempster (3/9/18)

Read a statement on the Fine Arts Library by Vice Provost and Libraries' Director Lorraine Haricombe (3/9/18)

Dean Doug Dempster's memo to the Fine Arts Library Task Force (12/8/17)

Update re: the Fine Arts Library Task Force (12/8/17)

Read Dean Doug Dempster's statement on the Fine Arts Library

Read an FAQ about the Fine Arts Library


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