10 Cool Things About the GT Library

10 Cool Things About the GT Library
Atlanta, GA

Whether you are new to GT-AE or a proverbial rocket scientist, there are some changes happening at the Georgia Tech Library that may surpise you.

Whether you are new to GT-AE or a proverbial rocket scientist, there are some changes happening at the Georgia Tech Library that may surpise you.

Like: where are all the books going?(Keep reading)

Luckily, GT-AE has Fred Rascoe, our own scholarly communications librarian, to help.  Beginning  Tuesday, September 1, Rascoe will hold walk-in hours every Tuesday at Montgomery Knight 325, from 3 to 4 p.m. If you have a question about how the Library works (or how it can work for you), drop in. Or drop him a note atfred.rascoe@library.gatech.edu

Meanwhile, Rascoe pulled together ten things to remember when you visit the GT Library this fall:

1. The Library buildings are getting a make-over. Construction on Crosland Tower (East Building) will begin next year. Price Gilbert (West Building) will continue to operate 24/7.

2. New services are coming. In the works are: a Visualization Lab, Digital Media and Scholarship Commons (including high powered workstations), a Graduate Student Study Space, a Faculty Research Zone.

3. The number of study seats is doubling. Check out the other changes: http://renewal.library.gatech.edu

4. There will be a new  online catalog (alma/primo). This will include Emory's materials so our students, staff and faculty will soon have access to a much larger collection of materials.

5. Most books will be moved to a climate-controlled storage space. Georgia Tech is sharing this new space with Emory. Books will still be available to borrow, and titles still searchable through the library catalog. While you won't be able to grab a book directly off the shelf, the Library anticipates that it will take 24 hours or less to get the book from cold storage, once you have identified the title.

6. Librarians will still teach classes on patent searching, designing posters, multimedia software,database research skills, and a lot more.

7. All of our electronic subscriptions will be largely unaffected by our physical space transformation. We will still have access to all the scholarly journals and ebooks as before. 

8. Several service projects are being piloted. For instance, at the retroTech center (1st floor, west side),  you can find a computer that can read that 15 year-old 3.5” floppy you found in your desk. And there's the  Expert Consultation Center (1st floor, near Clough entrance), where librarian experts can help you find whatever it is that you need.

9. Library staff can help you prepare for that conference. Need to print a poster? Need to edit some audio or video files? The Library Multimedia Studio is available with staff to show you how it’s done.

10. Librarians will still be available to help you. With everything.  The Library staff is there to assist with your success -- in doing research, in finding materials you need, in preserving your work, and in getting acces