Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Change in Plans: Ceiling Work Will Progress to a Different Quadrant on the 3rd Floor

There has been a quick change in plans in the phasing of the installation of the fire suppression (sprinkler) system over the book shelves on the library's 3rd floor. Rather than move to the Phase 2 area, which is in the southwest quadrant of the floor that houses music books and scores, the installation has been shifted to the Phase 4 area that is located in the northeast quadrant of the building and more directly adjacent to the Phase 1 stacks area where the book shelves were first covered. Workers are already putting up plastic sheeting in this new Phase 4 quadrant and removing the plastic sheeting that was put up yesterday in the Phase 2 area.

The abrupt switch was made early this morning because the subcontractor handling the sprinkler system installation lacks all the pipe necessary in the Phase 2 area where actual conditions above the ceiling including plumbing and ductwork differ significantly from the construction plans, which were based on the original 1960s era plans for the building.  Conditions above the ceiling in the northeast quadrant of the building are much more standard and the pipe required there is onsite. The switch will help avoid delays in the work on the 3rd floor overall while the pipe with adjusted dimensions for Phase 2 can be obtained.

A new phasing schedule with the sequence adjustments described above is expected to issued soon, within the next day or so.

Library users will still be able to check out books from covered stacks areas by using the "Make a Request" feature in the online library catalog, with the standard 24-hour (weekdays) turnaround provided for access to materials in other restricted areas such as our off-site facility. These requests can also be made directly, in-person, at the Circulation Desk in the Learning Commons on the library's 1st floor. Access to the covered books will be restricted to library staff.

For more information about the work on the 3rd floor and the construction project overall see the library's construction blog.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Third Floor Phase 1 Stacks Area Ceiling Work Completed, Onward to Phase 2

The contractor for the 5th and 6th floor construction project has completed the installation of the fire suppression (sprinkler) system over the book shelves in the northwest quadrant of the library's 3rd floor. Plastic sheeting in this Phase 1 area of the 3rd floor stacks has now been completely removed.

Crews today began to cover the books stacks in the Phase II area, which is the southwest quadrant and the area that houses music books and scores.  Overall, the sprinkler installation project on the 3rd floor is proceeding roughly on schedule, with exceptions.

Library users will still be able to check out books from the covered stacks in the Phase 2 area on the 3rd floor by using the "Make a Request" feature in the online library catalog, with the standard 24-hour (weekdays) turnaround provided for access to materials in other restricted areas such as our off-site facility. These requests can also be made directly, in-person, at the Circulation Desk in the Learning Commons on the library's 1st floor. Access to the covered books will be restricted to library staff. After Phase 2 the project will proceed to Phase 3 in the southeast quadrant of the floor, probably sometime around Aug. 4.

For much more information on the work in this area and on the construction project overall see the library's construction blog

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Latin American Library Stacks are Open

We are delighted to announce that, beginning Wednesday, July 2, the circulating collections in the Open Stacks of the Latin American Library will open again to the public. The paging system for the LAL’s circulating collections will operate through Thursday, July 3. 

Please remember that the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library building will be closed on Friday July 4 for the Independence Day holiday. Thus, beginning on Saturday, July 5 the paging service will be discontinued.

Thank you for your continued patience, and please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns at 504-865-5681 or LAL@tulane.edu.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Third Floor Ceiling Work Schedule Revised

The contractor for the 5th and 6th floor construction project has begun covering with plastic sheeting the book shelves on the 3rd floor in the northwest quadrant of the building and this is to accommodate the first of four quadrant phases of work required to install a fire suppression (sprinkler) system on the 3rd floor, a project that is starting about a week behind schedule.

Books are expected to be covered and access restricted in this Phase 1 area until July 21. Library users will still be able to check out books housed there by using the "Make a Request" feature in the online library catalog, with the standard 24-hour (weekdays) turnaround provided for access to materials in other restricted areas such as our off-site facility. These requests can also be made directly, in-person, at the Circulation Desk in the Learning Commons on the library's 1st floor. Access to the covered books will be restricted to library staff.

For the complete set of revised dates for the 3rd floor phasing schedule see the library's construction blog

Restricted access to part of the 3rd floor stacks

Currently restricted access: Part of the 3rd floor stacks
Restricted from: June 25th – July 11th
Call numbers: DB 1 .A31 – HC 106.8 .C67
Location in building: 3rd floor of Howard-Tilton Library, Dixon Hall side.

See http://library.tulane.edu/help/book_requests for instructions on making requests for items in these call number ranges.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Nordic Dogs exhibit in lobby

NORDIC DOGS
Recent Comics from Northern Europe in Tulane’s Rare Books

This exhibit offers a snapshot of dogs as they are portrayed by contemporary illustrators from Scandinavia and neighboring countries.  Folk traditions include dogs as faithful protectors but also forbidding omens, but many authors respond more to the influence of the alternative comics of the  twentieth century, including  R. Crumb and George Herriman.  The selection includes volumes meant for children as well as literature that explores decidedly adult themes.

These books are part of the “Little Awful Annie” collection, which was endowed by Mona Mailhes, Newcomb ‘49, in memory of a beloved pet dog.  For more information about Tulane’s rich variety of rare books, please contact Joshua Lupkin, Chief Bibliographer for the Humanities, at
jlupkin@tulane.edu or (504) 247-1825.