If you’ve been curious about the sounds of bookshelves being hung, at the sight of carts of books shifted from points A to B, and at the appearance of things in flux lately on A Level, we have an explanation for you. Changes are happening to our physical layout at the south end of that level which are designed to make searching for reference, US Government, IGO and NGO publications, legal monographs, maps, and atlases easier. With the new stacks map feature in Catalyst (pictured below), books and documents are being rearranged into a more compact, efficient layout.

Our plan:

  • Consolidate similar materials (Government Printing Office, international publications, law monographs) in easier-to-search proximity
  • Provide more convenient locker access in high-traffic areas
  • Relocate the M Level Reference print material to A level stacks

Shifting the existing documents and monographs to the east and south ranges to accommodate M level reference volumes has been ongoing for six months or so and is nearly complete. Lockers have recently been installed facing the rest rooms, moving the Supreme Court materials back into the KF law filing order.

MSE Technical Services will be amending location information on General Reference books that will then be book-trucked down to their new A-Level abode over the next few weeks!

So, there are new things and familiar things; this is what it will look like by the summer:

1) Lockers
2) General Reference
3) Law monographs
4) US Government
5) Atlas folios
6) Atlas quartos
7) International publications
8) Law/GPO/IGO Reference
9) Sheet maps
10) Topo maps
11) Fiche sets
12) Wall maps

Concurrent with the physical moves, our databases have replaced print indexes and journals for our reference and searching tools. Just search for your subject area on the Sheridan Libraries’ home page under “Guides By Topic,” and you will find GIS and Data Center’s guides: Baltimore Research Resources, Data and Statistics, and GIS and Maps.


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