SGA discusses upcoming changes to IUP libraries

Stephanie Bachman

Lead News Writer

S.L.Bachman2@iup.edu

10/7/16

 

The Student Government Association (SGA) met in the Hadley Union Building’s Monongahela Room Tuesday evening to discuss new business and vote on various issues.

The meeting was led by SGA President Brian Swatt (sophomore, political science).

Luis Gonzalez, dean of libraries, was the guest of the week. He told SGA about the current major project the library is undergoing.

“The library is in the process of assessing the print collections,” Gonzalez told SGA.

“We want to see the usage that we get from the print collections because [requests] I usually get is that we need more study spaces.”

Gonzalez explained that the libraries get more than 3,300 visits per day. In order to accommodate students, he discussed the possibility of adding a combination of group and individual study spaces as well as multi-use facilities to the second and third floors by reducing the size of the print collections.

Gonzalez said this is the ideal option because a recent assessment of the use of the print collections by an outside organization found that about 60 percent of the print collection has not circulated more than once or twice in the last 20 years.

The other main project, according to Gonzalez, is applying for a grant in order to redo the ground floor of the library to create flexible study spaces.

If the libraries receive the grant, it would be a three-phase project over the next three summer semesters because it is the “best time to do it when it is least intrusive to [students] when [they aren’t] using the library,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez also talked about the library’s possible transition to more e-books instead of print books, because libraries are continuing to be more focused on access instead of a physical collection.

SGA also discussed promoting the sale of tickets for Homecoming Monte Carlo Night, including the possibility of tabling in the Oak Grove or outside Pratt Hall.

They also briefly mentioned plans for the annual Winter Warm- Up event, which will be in the spring semester. Current plans for this include organizing the event and getting feedback from students.

SGA swore in a few new senators, and encouraged new members or those interested to apply for positions.

They still have about 20 senator positions available for the current school year.