On April 10 from 4-5 PM we celebrated the grand opening of the VETS (Veterans Education and Transition Services) Center in the Arizona Health Sciences Library. The center is located in the “Java City” area of the library. The VETS Center is open to all veterans, both students and veterans in the community. It is a meeting place and a place where veterans can get information on benefits and various programs available to them.
The number of veterans returning to higher education has increased and is expected to grow. The university is committed to helping veterans achieve success and to create a climate that is welcoming and inclusive of their unique talents and experiences.
The AHSL VETS Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30-5:00 and is staffed by trained student vets who are knowledgeable about the campus.
The fourth floor of the library is finally available as a new and improved study space. Most of the old furniture has been removed (this is still in progress.) We have added 48 new study cubicles, identical to those on the third floor. They are six feet square and have power outlets. One desk (for now) on each floor is standing height.
We have also purchased 22 new study tables, also with power outlets. These are fairly small to discourage groups from gathering and making unwanted noise. For the time being the tables are arranged around the perimeter of the floor, near the power outlets. Some of our 150 new chairs are on the fourth floor while others are distributed on the second and third floors.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.