Answered By: Belinda Norman
Last Updated: Mar 20, 2017     Views: 794

The Medical Library has been transformed to better support the education and research needs of staff and students.

Refurbishment

  • The Medical Library closed for renovations on Friday June 26th (end of Semester 1) and is re-opened at the start of Semester 2, 2015.
  • Staff were re-located to the SciTech and Fisher Libraries and continue to support their client groups from there.
  • Print collections have been reviewed and high demand items have been moved to the SciTech Library. Low demand items have been moved to storage and can be requested as usual.
  • All services including document delivery and unit of study reading list services continue as usual via Library staff at the SciTech Library.
  • Ask-a-Librarian live chat service is currently being piloted and will also be available to support staff and students using the refurbished Library space.
  • Academic Liaison Librarians, re-located to Fisher Library, continue to work closely with academics, professional staff, students and researchers wherever they research, teach or study. This is a great opportunity for us to build on our existing strengths to advance the University’s research and education agendas, and to ensure that we deliver the highest quality 21st Century research library experience.
  • The Quarter is open for business. Ahead of an official launch, word has spread quickly amongst postgraduate coursework students about the new learning and community space designed especially for their needs.

After refurbishment

  • The new Library now operates as a learning space, and is intended to be open 24/7 as soon as possible.
  • Much needed student study spaces have almost doubled and are predominantly zoned for quiet study.
  • Specially trained staff are on site at specified times to help students get the best out of their experience.

What have these decisions have been based on:

  • results from our Insync client surveys which demonstrate top student priorities for improvement are quiet and group study spaces, more computer availability, and increased opening hours;
  • analysis of print collection usage data which showed that during 2012 22.6% of the Medical Library print collection was borrowed and 2% of the print collection loaned more than 5 times;
  • consultation with the Deans of the Sydney Medical School and the Faculty of Pharmacy.