Coffee Corner in Briggs Library – A Request

January 30, 2008

A comment from an SDSU graduate student submitted on January 29, 2008:

A coffee corner – like Java city – is required in this library. Most of the time we are obliged to go out – in this cold weather – in order to have a cup of tea or coffee. Please.

 Our response: We would love to have a coffee corner or coffee shop in Briggs Library.  A couple years ago we tried to make that happen.  However, the “powers that be” choose another location on campus.  We would still welcome a coffee corner and will continue to support the idea whenever possible.  – Clark Hallman, Head of Public Services


Briggs Library is Rearranging Itself!

January 29, 2008

If you have been in the Reference/Serials area on the main floor of Briggs Library over the past year or so, you may have noticed some empty shelves. We have planned for a long time to rearrange this area, and those plans are finally coming to fruition! Unfortunately, for the next week or so, it may be rather noisy and messy in the Reference/Serials area. Beginning Tuesday, January 29, 2008, books, magazines, journals and newspapers will be disappearing from the shelves and you will begin finding stacks of them on tables and the floor. On Friday, February 1, 2008, we will move the shelving that the magazines, journals and newspapers reside on as well as a number of other shelving units to give the area a new look and enhance its functionality. During the week of February 4th we plan to reshelve all these materials in their new locations. During the process we will try to keep the inconvenience to a minimum, but we ask for your patience.

 The move will open up the area near the north windows, which will soon become a popular fiction collection and reading area.  It will also place the current magazines, journals and newspapers close to the Serials office where they are received and processed.

~Elizabeth Fox

New Web Design for Briggs Library

January 19, 2008

We are very pleased to present a new design of Briggs Library’s web site. The previous design had been used for many years and was really not meeting our needs anymore. It had also lost its integrity because of numerous “fixes” that were required to meet changing needs over the years. The new design required a year-long process of reviewing other academic library web sites, creating draft designs, numerous and lengthy discussions, and talking with students and others about our proposed designs. We believe the new design presents a more appealing, modern, and less stodgy, image of Briggs Library. In addition, we believe the new structure is  more utilitarian and intuitive, although it certainly will require an adjustment period for those who had become comfortable with the previous design. We view this unveiling as a noteworthy accomplishment, but we know there is still much more work to be done to fully implement the new design. In addition, we also recognize that we must continue to strive to enhance the look and functionality of the library’s web site. Please tell us what you think of our work and how we might improve. I can’t guarantee that we will make all the changes you suggest, but I do guarantee that we will appreciate and seriously consider your comments. Thanks, Clark Hallman, Head of Public Services


Big Library Loan

January 3, 2008

big-book-001.jpgLibrary Technician Mary Lou Berry recently received her largest loan (interlibrary loan, that is) ever from the Fondren Library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  Measuring approximately 21 by 15 inches inches and weighing over 20 pounds, this beautiful volume is filled with reproductions of 14th century religious and moral writings including an Arthurian Grail romance, a text of the “Pistill of Susan”, an early copy of “Piers Plowman” and versions of Richard Rolle’s epistels. Ms Berry is pictured here with student assistant Tasha Jungwirth holding the Vernon Manuscript: a facsimile of Bodleian Library. Posted by M. Kraljic