Cox Library Is Revamped
by Hannah Widerman on Friday, October 16th, 2015
Recently, Cox Library has undergone a slight makeover that its staff hopes will make it more convenient for both faculty and students. The latest adjustments have included increasing the number of Young Adult Fiction, revamping the textbook rental system, and providing students with a space more conducive to group work.
Laura Pearle, Cox Library’s director, says that the Cox staff have been trying to “appeal more to teen readers” by adding more Young Adult Fiction to the shelves. Elaine Wu (IV) offers that, “Young Adult is growing quickly as a genre.” Cox Library staff’s initiative in increasing the number of these current books is evidence of Milton’s wish and willingness to appeal to advance with the times and to get more high schoolers reading for pleasure.
The library staff has also pioneered a more efficient textbook checkout system. In the past, when students wanted to borrow a textbook, they had to wait for the librarian to seek out the book and then plug their name into the computer. This process could take a while if the librarian wasn’t readily accessible or if the technology malfunctioned.
Now, students can sign out textbooks themselves, leaving their name and the title of the textbook they are borrowing on a sheet of paper. Once students are ready to return the book, all they must do is cross out their name. So far, the system seems to have been well received from the students. However, if students abuse the system and books start to go missing, the library staff might have to rethink the new system. Laura Pearle says that she “hopes [students] recognize they are depriving their peers by not returning the books and could even hurt themselves by forgetting a book they need the next day.”
Though Cox hasn’t undergone serious physical renovations, Laure Pearle says the staff is “moving things around” to create a better studying atmosphere for high school students. The library staff is well aware that the acoustics of the library aren’t very conducive to group work and studying. Therefore, the staff has reshuffled some of the rooms, turning them into areas where, according to Laura Pearle, students can “relax and collaborate.”
The library staff hopes to continue making improvements throughout the year.
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