It would seem that we've (Goddard and Welch) both charted the same course for the future, and we both have the same "departure & arrival time". I think they call that serendippity.

             Claire Twose, Public Health and Basic Science Informationist, and yours truly hosted a School of Public Health Town Hall meeting last week and we took a number of questions about the library. It's safe to say that there were those who hadn't heard about the status of the building, or our changes. And those that did weren't thrilled about it. However, what I came away with was mainly that people would miss the status of not having (as they saw it) a physical space, and the missing prestige and nostalgia factors associated with "losing" a library. 

          We did reiterate that no one was losing their library, but the shock of the new took precedent. Since the number of patrons coming into the building are so low, clearly students have (and have for some time) incorporated other areas around campus for study, quiet study and study/socializing. And they seem to have been doing those things for quite some time. I think a quote I ran across sums up the situation quite well:   

          "Budget pressures, dwindling patron traffic to the physical libraries, and the growth in the use of digital materials are all driving the decision to close the Goddard Space Flight Center Library at the main facility of the Goddard Space Flight Center.”  

           We don't expect everyone to understand the changes right away. However, a decision of this magnitude doesn't happen overnight. And, it's safe to say there will be a period of adjustment. But ultimately, our goal is to make services and resources better for patrons. No one is losing their library. In the future, perhaps patrons will realize how much more the library has to offer. 


Alonzo LaMont



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