Poster Gallery – Winning on the Road: Our Game Plan for the Temporary Closure of Hardin Library

Kelly Thormodson, Janna Lawrence, Shane Wallace, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Winning on the road: Our game plan for the temporary closure of Hardin Library

Hardin Library for the Health Sciences seized an opportunity for dramatic facility improvement that would necessitate closure of the building for the summer. During our closure, we attempted to maintain as many of our services as possible. We embedded librarians in health sciences colleges, we established satellite reference desks, and we worked with the Sciences branch library to give students a place to study. We planned for an increase in ILL and we developed a strategy for circulating our print collection. These activities allowed us to maintain our services as well as remaining visible to our patrons, while reinforcing to both staff and users that the library is not bound by our building. (Update: Although the construction deadline was October, as of December 19th, 2011 the after-effects of the construction are still evident; we’ve had trouble with light sensors, ceiling tiles, air flow issues and with the new building locking system. Every day is a new adventure at Hardin.)

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