Featured: Welch Service Staff member Christopher Henry and and patron John Bullock
As is the case with other medical, academic and health science libraries trending in the news of late, many libraries have been forced to re-evaluate their design and purpose. In most instances, their dilemma appears to be quite clear. Everyone loves books. Everyone loves libraries. They are indeed sacred items and places. However, (and here’s the rub) most academic populations are being raised on the need for all-things-digital. But hold on! It’s not as foreboding a problem as it may seem because upon further examination we can see several “shining lights at the end of the tunnel.” New solutions are rising like the proverbial phoenix. At Welch we recognize that our building has a historical element that draws many to look fondly on our existence and place at Hopkins. We are part of Johns Hopkins history. Our renovations have been designed with the goal of staying attached to that history, and to allow for a bright transition into the future.
You can hear all about our progress through Inside Hopkins, the Welch Facebook page or if you happen to pass by any of the 73 plasma screens around the east Baltimore campus you’ll see pictures that chronicle our changes. If that’s not enough, we have a newly re-designed monthly newsletter that you can subscribe to. If you’d like to get on the mailing list for our newsletter just send me an e-mail. “What’s in the newsletter?” you ask? Well, we’ll bring you the latest news on journals, databases, etrials, classes and any new resources we think could benefit you---what a bargain!
Needless to say, we’re excited to be turning the page into our next chapter. We trust that whatever the future brings will include the library’s footprint. In many ways, Welch has been actively involved in providing a new scenario for information retrieval and delivery. Our Informationists have been going out to our community for years, and our book delivery and pick-up service has been on the rise. Often patrons are a bit surprised that we have such services. But we have a secret formula that’s often overlooked: the Welch Library staff. We understand the demands of our population, and we also understand that medicine and science never, ever sleep. So we’re doing our best to stay out in front. This will prove particularly true during the course of our renovation. We don’t expect to “fall back” in any regard. On the contrary, we anticipate taking even greater steps forward.
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