The library staff is working to improve the quantity and quality of study spaces in the library. Using funds obtained by “renting” the 4th floor to the University of Arizona Healthcare Network (UAHN) through November, we will be able to purchase new study chairs, tables and cubicles.
We have listened to your preferences and watched to see how various pieces of furniture are used. As I write this we have four new sample chairs near the Information Desk. We are asking for your preferences for these task and lounge chairs. We are walking around the library counting the number of people using different types of study spaces and sometimes asking you why you prefer a table over a cubicle, or how much space you need to spread out, or how many devices you normally need to charge.
Welcome or welcome back to campus! We in the library look forward to meeting you and working with you.
A lot is happening in the building this semester. Most noticeably the University of Arizona Health Network is using the fourth floor as a training space for the new EPIC electronic health records system. Group study rooms on the fourth floor are still available but may be noisy. As alternatives AHSC students can use the “silent study room” off the elevator lobby of the fourth floor (accessible with your CatCard) or use some of the new study spaces on the third floor.
The library is receiving “rent” money from the UAHN EPIC training project’s use of the library 4th floor. This money is earmarked for improvements to study space on the third floor.
We have already added study “cubes” to the third floor and a new large study table. We are looking for some more modern and comfortable chairs. Please share your suggestions with any of the library staff or send them directly to me at email@example.com .
If you’ve been following the AHSL on Twitter or on Facebook or reading our email notifications or seen the signs on several floors or AHSC Memos or you have been up to the third floor this may be old news to you. As of today (May 3rd) we now have 42 new “study cubes” on the third floor. Twelve are in the south corners and were installed last month. The other thirty were installed yesterday and today at the west end and will soon have electric power available.
Next week our 4th floor project should be completed so that the eight group study rooms and twenty-two study carrels will be available to you.
In another week or two the scaffolding at the north and south ends of the third floor will be removed, making room for more study space.
New water fountains with water bottle fillers have been installed on floors two through four.
Last summer and early fall the "Library of the Future Task Force" met to discuss roles and models for librarians and libraries on the future health sciences campus. Here is their final report. It's not long nor technical. I'd be interested in your reactions and comments.
- Gary Freiburger, Director, Arizona Health Sciences Library
By mid-February, if not sooner, the fourth floor of the library will take on a whole new look. Over fifty individual study cubicles will be installed in the area in front of the group study rooms. A large portion of the room will remain available for group events such as the interprofessional training sessions.
Signs will be posted limiting the use of the floor to AHSC students only. Library staff will respond quickly to any concerns about noisy or inappropriate use of the space.
Already the “purple” silent study room on the fourth floor has had card readers installed. Access is limited to AHSC students.
We believe that these changes will create a better study environment for our students and we thank the College of Medicine for funding this project!
Early planning is underway for a possible education building on the health sciences campus in Tucson (AHSC). Although only at the conceptual stage right now, the thinking is that this building could contain classrooms available to all of the AHSC colleges, thus encouraging interprofessional education. The building would probably also contain meeting rooms and would provide space for a variety of student services. A probable location would be in the parking lot between the current library and the Medical Research Building.
Welcome to our new students, residents and faculty and welcome back to those who are returning! A few changes have occurred over the summer.
Our Phoenix library has moved into the new Health Sciences Educational Building. If you’re on the Phoenix campus be sure to stop by and see this beautiful new facility.
The Tucson library entrance has changed. We now have a single point of entry with actual doors! Students have been asking for this in order to keep noise out of the library. In addition, our 20 year-old sliding gates that were used to close the library were worn out and barely useable. Finally, our library security system needed replacement and it was more economical to have a single set of doors than two.
Some people think of summer as the “slow time.” But that never seems to be the case on an academic health sciences campus! It’s certainly not true for the members of the Library of the Future Task Force.
Senior Vice President Lyle Bootman recently asked a representative group to “discuss concepts of what health professions students and faculty will seek from health sciences libraries 10 to 20 years from now” and to “produce a short report . . . outlining what members perceive as the key elements of a highly functioning health sciences library in 20 years, and to make recommendations regarding steps the Arizona Health Sciences Library can take over the next several years to implement those elements.”