Biological Sciences Library

UNH Wireless Network Name Change

August 20, 2014

UNH IT has changed the names of our wireless networks. This change began on August 5, but the existing networks will remain until October 7. These changes are being made based on user feedback and should better reflect their intended function. This will impact all UNH students, faculty, staff and non-affiliates.

The networks formerly known as "unhwireless" (non-secure wireless) and "unh-highspeed" (secure wireless) will become "UNH-Public" and "UNH-Secure" respectively. UNH IT encourages all users to connect to the UNH-secure network to better protect personal and institutional data.

For more information, read the article in the UNH IT newsletter, Signals, contact the UNH IT Service Desk at 862-4242 or via their online form.

Dimond Library Level 2 closing temporarily starting June 23

June 11, 2014

The Biological Sciences collection will move to its new home in Dimond Library this summer to serve as the foundation for the Natural Sciences Resource Center on Level 2. Beginning June 23, bound periodicals will be shifted to make space for the collection moving from Kendall Hall. While this transition is taking place (anticipated to be through July 16th), library users will not be able to access the collections in this area. Items can be requested through the library catalog and will be paged at 9am and 1pm Monday through Friday.

The Library's multimedia collection will be open and available during this time and the Parker Media Lab has on call hours; both can only be accessed from the West elevator (with library staff escort) or staircase. The former Current Periodicals Room and new Natural Sciences Resource Center will be available, as will the microforms collections in both Rooms 210 and 225. Public rest rooms will also be open on Level 2. For safety reasons, the stacks will be closed and library users needing print materials from the stacks on Level 2 should visit the circulation desk.

Questions can be directed to Val Harper, Project Manager.

Biological Sciences Library moves to the Natural Sciences Resource Center in Dimond Library

May 29, 2014

The Biological Sciences Library is being integrated into the Dimond Library, creating the foundation for the new Natural Sciences Resource Center. The Center will be located on Level 2 of Dimond Library in the area which was formerly the Current Periodicals Room. The Biological Sciences Library will close its doors on May 30 to prepare for the move to Dimond Library.

Once the Biological Sciences Library is closed, items housed there can be requested through the online library catalog; staff will make daily trips to Kendall Hall to bring back requested items. These items will be retrieved twice daily, Monday-Friday, and will be available for pickup at 11:00am and 3:00pm at the Dimond Library Circulation Desk.

Once the collection has been moved into the Dimond Library in early July, users will be able to browse the collection once again.

The new Natural Sciences Resource Center will offer improved services, increased hours, and more staff availability. Reference services and assistance will be available on-site, by phone, and via email, as well as in-depth research consultations and instructional sessions upon request.

Questions can be directed to Val Harper, Project Manager.

Update on biological sciences library move and culling of books

April 24, 2014

The Library has heard the message from UNH faculty, students, and alumni loud and clear. As of now, the culling of books at Dimond Library is put on hold. No additional books will be placed in the recycling bin and none will be moved off campus until we can consult further and come to a satisfactory resolution.

From the Campus Journal:

A review of the collection became urgent with the recent decision to locate the Biological Sciences Library from Kendall Hall to Dimond Library this summer. In an effort to have the least impact on students preparing for finals and faculty returning to campus in August for the fall semester, the process needed to move quickly.

"In our rush to accommodate the project and be sensitive to the needs of our users at both ends of the process we lost the very important consultation piece,” said Interim Library Dean Annie Donahue. “The books were never going to be thrown away but rather recycled.”

…The books that have been removed from the library have been protected from the elements. The library leadership is talking with the provost’s office, faculty, and students as well as the campus facilities office about how best to move forward. No decisions have been made, but could include finding additional storage, a book fair, and other recycling options.

We are currently investigating options for additional storage on campus.

Library liaisons, faculty librarians who work with their counterparts in academic departments, are responsible for maintaining collections, including making decisions to deselect books. They make these decisions on the basis of:

  • Date of publication and currency
  • In-house usage and circulation
  • Condition of the material
  • Value to the research discipline
  • Availability of materials at other libraries (including the Boston Library Consortium) and in alternate formats

Weeding of library collections is a best practice supported by the American Library Association and part of the professional responsibilities of librarians.

The recent need arose due to the imminent relocation of the Biological Sciences Library collection into Dimond Library. In addition, the state fire marshal has indicated Dimond Library cannot use some of our top shelves due to their proximity to sprinklers. In order to accommodate this, all collections, including the biological sciences collection, were subject to review for weeding.

The Biological Sciences Library move will still occur over the summer. In order to make up for the loss of seating, we are adding public computers and 30 additional seats to Dimond Library.

We recognize there was insufficient communication and consultation with the community regarding this process. As Provost Lisa MacFarlane put it, "We all have a strong emotional connection to physical books, and to the scholarship, historical perspective, and creative work they contain." They are, for us and for you, symbolic of the mission of the University and our hard won knowledge.

In the coming days, we will be reaching out to campus constituencies to better understand and address your concerns.

Update, April 25

Based on the overwhelming response to the Library’s culling project, the following short term approach has been established to respond to the immediate concerns raised by faculty, students, alumni and community members earlier this week.

Philosophy books that were pulled and placed on carts for removal are being re-shelved. Other books identified for removal will go to storage shelves in Dimond but will still be available for circulation. Art history and education books will be removed from the container to avoid being further compromised while they are awaiting review by teaching faculty.

The Biological Science integration will continue. Dimond Level 2 materials and science resources on Level 5 (Q-Z) are being inventoried to allow integration of materials from Kendall Hall in June. Campus Planning is working with Library to identify longer-term on-campus storage options for Library materials. A plan and timeline to review the collection with teaching faculty colleagues is being developed and will be shared as soon as it is available.

Library faculty will work with department representatives to ensure teaching faculty voices are heard before materials are culled. Library Administration will work with students, alumni and community members to find more thoughtful and sustainable ways to remove the remaining unwanted materials from the Library.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Val Harper, Faculty Fellow for Project Management and Space Utilization, or Tracey Lauder, Assistant Dean for Library Administration.

Biological sciences library moving to Dimond Library

April 10, 2014

This summer, the Biological Sciences Library will relocate from Kendall Hall to Dimond Library.

The library in Kendall Hall will close May 30. Materials will be moved to Dimond Library during June and July by a professional company experienced in relocating libraries. During that five-to-six week period, a page system will be used at Dimond to retrieve books for patrons.

The project involves culling resources from both libraries to make room for the combined materials.

There will be a shifting of books currently located on Levels 4 and 5. Additionally, bound periodicals will be integrated with other materials on Levels 4 and 5; journals and magazines that used to be on a separate floor will now be together with the other resources.

Level 2 will house the natural sciences resource center, and include the biological science library and the science materials already located in Dimond Library. The center will have a librarian dedicated to the area, with other services added once that position has been filled. The center will be located in the site of the current periodical room, where a service desk, computers, seating and desks will be added, as will a faculty office.

The entire project is expected to be finished by August, 15th.

Read more about this move in the Campus Journal.

Library catalog, interlibrary loan, other services unavailable January 14-15

January 10, 2014

We will be performing critical updates to the library catalog server on Tuesday, January 14 starting at 8am. Starting then, the library catalog and related services will be unavailable until 8pm that evening 3pm on Wednesday, January 15.

Unavailable services will include:

  • Local library catalog searching
  • Requesting through the Boston Library Consortium
  • Interlibrary loan

However, you will still be able to:

  • Access online databases
  • Search the library catalog using BLC WorldCat from the library home page
  • Check out physical items from the library

We regret the interruption and aim to make the downtime as limited as possible.

Finalists to Give Presentations for Biological Sciences Librarian Position

November 15, 2013

Update: The presentation on Monday, Nov. 18th has been cancelled due to weather in the Midwest creating problems for travel. It will be rescheduled.

The two finalists for the Biological Sciences Librarian position will be making their presentations.

  • Friday, Nov. 15th, Prof. Marilia Antunez (Boise State University) will speak at Pettee Hall, Room 106, 2:10-3 pm
  • Monday, Nov. 18th, Ms. Jennifer Simonsen (New Mexico State University) will speak at James Hall, Room G46, 2:10-3 pm

Each candidate will speak on the topic provided by the search committee: what it means to be a biological sciences librarian at a land-grant institution & how instruction, collection development, and research support fit into that model.

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