What can a person do with 13,000 feet of plastic wrap?

May 25, 2010


31 ranges of shelving…
at nearly 100 shelves per range,
13,000 feet of 10″-wide green plastic pallet wrap,
and help from Sunil, Nikunj, Lisa, Sandy, Susan, and Laura with photographs by Patty… 

…we can plastic-wrap the Government Documents Collection in preparation for moving the shelving!  

The documents are secure and are now awaiting the stack movers for the next step in the recarpeting project!  

Looking down the plastic-wrapped aisles

Looking down the plastic-wrapped aisles




Sandy, Susan, and Nikunj wrapping the upper shelves

Sandy, Susan, and Nikunj wrapping the upper shelves


Lisa and Sandy wrapping the shelves

Lisa and Sandy wrapping the shelves


Banana Boxes Maps and Microfilm

May 17, 2010

Briggs Library Lower Level Madness has risen to new heights. Library staff have been furiously moving furniture, clearing shelves, emptying map cases, and empting microfilm cabinets. Why the madness, you ask? And what do Banana Boxes have to do with anything?  

Briggs Library is undergoing major changes on the Lower Level of the Library. Since 1977, the year of H.M. Briggs opening, the Lower Level has been “decorated” for the time-1977, that is. What do you think of when asked about the library basement? ORANGE! Yes, the orange carpet and orange shelves are certainly retro, but the carpet has seen much better days. Sooooooooooooo…finally………………..the library is getting new carpet for the entire Lower Level! AND………………….it IS NOT ORANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

The Bound Periodical, Documents, Curriculum, Maps, and Microform Collections will all be moved at one time or another to accomodate the carpet layers. Thus, these collections will have limited access until the project is completed. Microfilm cabinets and map cases are entirely too heavy when full to move. Documents Staff have emptied 240 map drawers with over 70,000 maps, and 360 microfilm drawers with over 20,000 microfilm reels to temporary locations. If all goes well, the collections should be available  by Mid-June. Thank you for your patience during our organized chaos.  

So what about those banana boxes? Did you know a banana box can hold 80-88 reels of microfilm? Well now you know! Amazing what one learns when scavenging for boxes-banana boxes are the best!    

Nikunj and Sunil prepare maps for move

Kathy prepares map stack

Room soon to be filled with maps

Nikunj, Sunil, and Laura map movers

The "Map Room"

Banana boxes-thanks HyVee!

Microfilm cabinets-360 drawers

The "Microfilm Room"

Ice cream for a job well done!


 Vickie Mix, Documents Librarian  

Art Exhibit at Library

May 17, 2010

“Flowing Knowledge” and Process Photos by Evan Place/Photo by Patty Vick

Have you ever wanted to rip your textbooks apart?  That’s exactly what students in Leda Cempellin’s Art History 490 class have done, but they have her approval.  In fact, the book on art history the students dismantled was written and published by Dr. Cempellin.  The students’ assignment was to make the book unreadable while expressing themselves as artists.

Come to the library to see “Between Object and Process:  A Dialogue of Art Making” which features students’ work and their comments on the creative process.  Pieces currently on display can be found in the lobby and in the display case next to room 105.  Ask any library employee to direct you.  The current exhibit will continue until June 20 and a larger show will take place in late summer and fall. 

 Thank you to Dr. Cempellin and her students for bringing their art to Briggs Library.

Linda Kott, Information Services Librarian