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Monday, July 31, 2017

Many Improvements at Waldo Library



University Libraries are working to improve the Waldo Library user experience in multiple ways: updating the service model, introducing flexible furniture, re-purposing spaces. 

Starting in August 2017 there will be one main service point for users, located in the atrium (first floor entrance) of Waldo Library. This Service Desk will be staffed by the User Services team and will provide convenient and efficient library services. Whether the need is to check out a book, find an article, reserve a group study room, request or retrieve an interlibrary loan, ask for technical help or get reference assistance, the inquiry will start there. If more in-depth help is needed User Services will connect the person with the appropriate resource. This new service model will simplify and streamline support for all user needs.

Your subject librarian will continue to be available for consultation as in the past. Please feel free to contact by email or phone to discuss your library research, to schedule information literacy instruction.
Contact information: http://libguides.wmich.edu/subjectlibrarians


To create more flexible study and work spaces, a large area of the first floor in Waldo has been designed with modern, movable furniture units that can be configured to accommodate many tasks. Whether an individual is looking for a comfortable chair to quietly read a book or review notes before a test or a group needs a table and task chairs to collaborate together on a class assignment, users can choose from a variety of options. Couches with charging ports, moveable easy-chairs, portable desk chairs, a variety of table units, upholstered seating units with plugins, and colorful foot rest units are all conveniently available.

The maps collection will be moving to the south side of the second floor of Waldo near the government documents collection. As a result, access to maps and atlases will be available to users during all the open hours of the library. Services for locating and working with maps will also move to the second floor. The open user space on the third floor is being redesigned for graduate student use.

These changes are reflective of the University Libraries’ goals to improve the user experience and design physical spaces that adapt to users’ changing needs.


 
A large area of the first floor in Waldo has been designed with modern, comfy furniture units