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3rd floor study areaNow you see it…soon you won’t.

The renovation process has already begun in the 3rd floor study lounge. Cabinets of Government Publications materials have already been moved to Current Periodicals and Microforms Center. Plastic sheeting is being hung. Soon, the furniture will be removed, and the area will be closed to the public so the heavy-duty work can get underway.

We think you’ll be pleased with what you see when the area reopens around the end of April. The walls will be freshly painted, and new lighting and upgraded electrical amenities will have been installed (during spring break). You’ll find new tables, new seating, and new study carrels, as well as electronic recharging stations. The area will still be food friendly, so we’re installing paper towel and wet-wipe dispensers so you can help us to keep the area clean.

3rd floor study area

In the meantime, study space is available in Rooms 2203 and 108 (Library Addition and Donor Hall), the 24/7 Study Area, Library Addition basement, and the 5th floor of Love Library. In fact, comfortable chairs, carrels, and tables are scattered throughout Love Library.

Photos of the renovated study area will be posted when the work is finished. Let us know what you think!

Summer only appears to be a sleepy time around the SDSU Library. While you were away from campus, we’ve been busy!

Reference Services AreaReference Services Area Renovation
I have a feeling that Reference Services is going to be “the place to be” from now on. With its new carpet, paint, and comfortable furniture, it’s a functional—but attractive—place to study or relax. We’ve added more seating, as well as more collaborative learning and individual study spaces. Many of the lesser-used reference materials were weeded out—and replaced with online reference sources—creating more open space. More student computers were added, and we expanded the art exhibits. Tables can be rearranged to suit study groups, and portable white boards are available in various areas.

Comic-Con Kids
Around 40 years ago, an amazing thing happened here in San Diego: a group of teen-age comic book fans and an aspiring graphic artist pooled their meager resources and founded what would grow into Comic-Con International! It’s a story that should be told, and who better to tell it than the remaining members of that group and others who were a part of the convention’s early, magical years.

Early founders of Comic-Con, circa 1970With a $10,000 grant from the California Council for the Humanities, the library is developing an oral history project titled “The Comic-Con Kids: Finding and Defining Fandom.” The project will explore the emergence of comics, science fiction, and fantasy in the youth counterculture movements of the 1970s, with a primary focus on Comic-Con. Recording began on June 29, with SDSU student Jonathan Valdez interviewing Mike Towry and Jackie Estrada. The oral histories will be available to the public on a Special Collections-affiliated Web page that will also contain photographs, copies of original documents, and film excerpts.

SDSU Library iPhone App
Library assistant Tyler Rogers has developed an iPhone App for the library that can be downloaded from iTunes. With the app, you can view the library’s mobile catalog, see the latest titles added to the collection, find library hours on the go, view maps of the book stacks, browse the library’s book classification scheme, and send an email to the Reference Desk. Visit the SDSU Library iPhone App Web page to learn more about it.

The Papers of Richard AlfRichard Alf
Special Collections is the fortunate recipient of papers and documents once belonging to Richard Alf, one of the founders of Comic-Con International. Richard passed away in January 2012, and his mother, Martha, donated his collection to the library during the summer. The new collection, “The Papers of Richard Alf,” consists of approximately 20 linear feet of various materials and document types related to Comic-Con conventions, his comic book business and store, original art by Jack Kirby and Scott Shaw, and material on the Empire Sign Company and other ventures he was involved in.

Link+ Out, WorldCat In
As of May 31, the library discontinued its participation in Link+. Library patrons wishing to borrow books are now encouraged to use Circuit, WorldCat, or Interlibrary Loan.

Comic Arts Conference poster sessionComic Arts Conference Poster Session
Members of the library’s Comic Arts Committee presented a poster session titled “Comics, Comic-Con, and SDSU: A Symbiotic Relationship” on July 14 at the 2012 Comic Arts Conference, which is an academic conference held in conjunction with Comic-Con International. The presentation covered the library’s Comic-Con Kids Oral History Project, the work of the Comic Arts Committee, and the comic arts collections held by Special Collections.

Reference Services Area is undergoing renovationsReference Services is going away for a while. Many of the books are joining the circulating stacks, the computers and furniture are being stashed in a storage room, and the reference librarians are being scattered throughout the library, wherever there’s a vacant office. For the next six weeks or so, that area of the library will be home to hammer– and paintbrush-wielding workmen, electricians, and carpet layers. But it’s all good…when it reopens in early July, Reference Services will contain more computers, more individual and group study areas, and new carpeting.

Reference Services Area renovations
In the meantime, a librarian will be staffing the 24/7 Study Area’s Help Desk Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Computers will be available in the 24/7 Study Area, including four community workstations.

For more about the Reference renovation project, click here.

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