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.
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
FAL Advisory Council Meeting Notes
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.
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
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