Collection Management Facility – Lists for review

As part of the Fiat Lux project, the McGill Library will be transferring a significant portion of the print collection in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library to a new storage facility. Space for 500,000 items will be available when the new library is completed, with the rest held remotely and available by request within a delay of 24 hours.

In order to ensure that both recent and highly used materials remain physically on campus, the library has produced a list of items that meet either of the following criteria:

  • Books published within the last 10 years
  • Books borrowed within the last 5 years

This list will serve as a first draft as we work towards the final list of material to remain on campus. Circulation history is the most reliable indicator that an item will be used again, therefore users would benefit overall from previously borrowed material staying on campus.

We understand that recency and loan history alone may not identify material that some of our users rely on in ways that placement in storage would negatively affect. Therefore, we are seeking input from faculty and students in order to identify any material that does not meet the above criteria, but which nevertheless would be beneficial to remain on campus for practical research or teaching needs.

To view the lists, and to make any requests for individual items to stay on campus, please visit the web page dedicated to the project.

This exercise will continue through the Winter 2021 semester, with the final lists compiled at the end of May.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Puzzle Me This…

The Puzzle Station on the Redpath Bridge recently found a new home! The ever-popular puzzle has been moved just down the hall on the Redpath main floor. You will now find the table location around the corner from the stairs, close to our group study rooms, piano station, and the exercise bike. This new location will allow for both individual puzzle use and collaborative use.

We would like to remind library users, that during this time of the year infections and bacteria can spread quite quickly. Remember to wash your hands frequently or use anti-bacterial hand sanitizer with a high alcohol content.

Thank you to the AUS for funding the Puzzle Station!

In addition to moving the Puzzle Station, we are now providing an additional table for McGill student groups and departments to promote their activities. Groups looking to book the table must fill out the request form online and consult our updated policies. Requests will be processed on a first-come-first-serve basis.

You can also check the tabling calendar in advance to see what times are available.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at hssl.library@mcgill.ca

You Won’t Get Puzzled if You Map it Out

Nestled in the passageway between McLennan and Redpath, a new arrival is finally bringing cartographers to the table (literally). That’s right, a new puzzle is here! What’s special about this puzzle is that it’s no store-bought piece. This one is custom-made, using a scan taken from the McGill map collection. The puzzle is located at the typical spot, the De-Stress Station, along with the original map it’s based on being shown-off right next to it.

This particular puzzle features a soil map of Australia, completed in 1960 by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Division of Soils. This is the first of what is hoped to be many puzzles made from content in the McGill map collection. If you’re interested, come and take a peek! If the student record is anything to go by, it won’t be long until this puzzle is complete.

While the map collection may not be the most well-known part of the McLennan Library, we still like it. After all, we’d be lost without it.