The music library in the Ford Center for the Fine Arts (CFA) has been closed and most of the contents will move to Seymour Library.
“Use had been declining over the years,” Library Director Jeff Douglas said, explaining the reason for the move. The library had been located in CFA since 1980 and had been increasingly unused as faculty adopted digital methods of getting music to their students.
According to senior Emily Whelchel, who worked in the music library, the space was “the size of a closet … no one ever went in there.”
The space will be used as a faculty office.
“More people will have much easier access to the collection,” Douglas said, explaining that Seymour Library is open longer hours and over breaks, which the music library was not. The library is also changing the policy that prevented CDs from circulating to students, allowing students even greater access.
“I think more students will realize that they’re there,” Whelchel said, referring to the CD collection, although most of the CDs are types of music she doesn’t believe most students would be interested in.
“If they plan on expanding it more, students may use it more,” she said.
When this “transition year” is over, the collection of over five thousand CDs will be located behind the circulation desk, where the DVD collection is currently located. Scores and sheet music have already been moved to Seymour. The LP collection is still located in CFA, as the decision to move them or not has not yet been made.
The closing of the CFA library brought challenges for the library in terms of student employment as well, as the library previously was open 60-65 hours a week with a student worker. According to Assistant Director for Public Services Anne Giffey, however, the library workers were given hours in Seymour Library and the Sharvy G. Umbeck Science and Mathematics Center (SMC) library, and she was able to keep all students employed.
Whelchel said that the change hurt student workers because there are fewer hours available, and the library will most likely hire fewer students in the future. Giffey has tried to make up for the loss by creating more hours for students doing maintenance around the library.