Archive >> Linderman Transition FAQ, Sept. 2004

Linderman Transition FAQ

1. What are the steps leading up to the start of the Linderman renovation?

2. When will Linderman Library be closed for renovation?

3. How will faculty and students get the books they need while Linderman Library is closed?

3A. Books for Research

3B. Books Needed for Courses - Reading Lists and Reserves

4. Where will these books and new Linderman Library books be located?

5. How will Linderman journals be made available?

6. How can we use print reference materials and Special Collections materials housed in Linderman?

7. Where will students study if Linderman is closed and Fairchild Martindale Library is full?

8. What about computers?

1. What are the steps leading up to the start of the Linderman renovation?

Library and Technology Services (LTS) staff are beginning preparations for the start of the construction. This preparation will include the re-location of some portions of the Linderman collection to other areas within Linderman Library. Some staff without public service responsibilities may move to the Fairchild Martindale Library or the Computing Center during the spring 2005 semester.

2. When will Linderman Library be closed for renovation?

The earliest that construction could begin will be after final exams are over in May 2005. Construction will last approximately 18 months with January 2007 being the earliest date for the renovated building to be in service again. Plans are being formulated to enable LTS staff to retrieve books from Linderman while it is closed. Regular updates and further information can be found on the Linderman Project Web site at: http://www.lehigh.edu/lts/linderman.

3. How will faculty and students get the books they need while Linderman Library is closed?

We anticipate that LTS staff will be able to retrieve books for users on a regular basis during most of the time Linderman Library is closed to normal public use. We encourage users to identify books needed as early as possible and we will help to make them readily available as described below.

3A. Books for Research

Lehigh University faculty and exempt staff members already have year-long borrowing privileges as well as the option to renew books for additional years, provided no one else requests them. We encourage faculty and staff to borrow any books they think they might need before Linderman Library closes. We will work with them to make renewal as easy as possible.

Graduate students already may borrow books for an entire semester with the option of two semester-long renewals. We will offer extended renewals for graduate students while Linderman is closed. As always, books will be recalled if someone else needs them and any student or staff member leaving the university or graduating must return all his or her books.

Interlibrary loan, especially the PALCI service linked to Lehigh's online catalog, offers a speedy and efficient alternative for obtaining books from other academic libraries. Lehigh users can search a catalog of more than 40 million books, request books online, and have them delivered to the Fairchild Martindale Library, often within a few days. The Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) reciprocal borrowing agreement allows Lehigh faculty, students, and staff to use the local college libraries in person and to borrow books directly using their Lehigh ID.

3B. Books Needed for Courses - Reading Lists and Reserves

We will be assisting faculty in identifying books that constitute a core reading list for their courses. These books and reserve readings will be moved to Fairchild Martindale Library.

4. Where will these books and new Linderman Library books be located?

Books needed for courses and new Linderman books will be shelved in an easily accessible open stack "mini-Linderman" area on the main floor of the Fairchild Martindale Library. The Leisure Reading collection will also be temporarily relocated to Fairchild.

5. How will Linderman journals be made available?

We plan to move the current (unbound) issues of all Linderman subscriptions and newspapers to Fairchild Martindale Library during the Linderman Library closure. Electronic versions exist for both current and back volumes of many Linderman and Fairchild journals. The JSTOR digitized journals are particularly useful. Through Web-based links in electronic databases, users are connected directly to the electronic version of the actual article. If users search the online catalog for a periodical title or use the A-Z list on the Lehigh Library website, they are linked immediately to the electronic version. For materials that exist only in print, some combination of retrieval from Linderman, scanning, or interlibrary loan will be used to obtain the articles.

6. How can we use print reference materials and Special Collections materials housed in Linderman?

Many humanities reference materials are already available electronically. The new "MyLibrary" tab on the Lehigh portal, implemented in August 2004, streamlines access to electronic resources of all kinds and clusters them strategically by discipline. A small group of print reference materials will be moved to Fairchild Martindale Library temporarily. For enhanced safety and security, Special Collections materials will be moved out of Linderman Library during the renovation. Most materials will be retrieved as needed for use in a secure reading room in the Fairchild Martindale Library.

7. Where will students study if Linderman is closed and Fairchild Martindale Library is full?

During fall semster 05 the Johnson Dining Room in the University Center was made available for extended hours. It was agressively advertised by direct mail to every student, advertisements in the Brown and White and table tents in Fairchild Library but was not used. With the spring semester 06 the addition of opening of a remodeled Lamberton Hall should provide additional space, especially at peak times. We will work with students to make Library and Technology Services spaces as "study-friendly" as possible.

8. What about computers?

We will direct students to locations where computers are available; for instance, there are often computers available in the lower level of the Computing Center. For a listing of all public sites, see: http://www.lehigh.edu/computing/tims/facilities/sites.html.

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