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April 20, 2007

Library books to be moved by human chain

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Wednesday (April 25) is moving day for two Purdue University libraries, and library staff are making an event of it.

Librarians are asking students and faculty to join them in forming a human chain to move books by assembling in Memorial Mall for an event dubbed the Boiler Book Brigade, which will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will move materials from the Psychological Sciences Library, which will merge into the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library.

Both the Psychological Sciences and the Consumer and Family Sciences libraries will close at the end of the spring semester. The move, library system leaders believe, will help alleviate the need for students to have to visit different libraries for different topic areas.

"There has been an increased need for students and researchers to locate materials from disparate fields, usually necessitating a visit to several of the 14 existing libraries on campus," said James Mullins, dean of Libraries. "By reducing the number of smaller locations and combining collections and services together into interdisciplinary centers, it is much more likely that users' information needs will be met in one location. The smaller libraries had shorter hours and, therefore, that at times made materials more difficult to locate and retrieve."

Free lunch and a T-shirt will be provided to participants who help form the chain, and a radio broadcast will be part of the event.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," said Judy Nixon, head of the HSSE Library who is leading the move. "We're pleased that students can play a role in this exciting project for the libraries. We'll also be receiving help in passing books from Purdue Pete and the Boilermaker Special."

Some 20,000 books and 600 journals will move by the end of the summer. Those who have a class to attend during any portion of the ceremonial event can stand in line and pass books as their time permits.

In addition to materials going to HSSE, business-related items will move to the Management & Economics Library and nutrition-related materials will move to Life Sciences Library.

The Psychological Sciences Library is in Peirce Hall, Room 290. The Consumer and Family Sciences Library is in Stone Hall, Room 220. The HSSE Library is in Stewart Center, Room 150.

April 26 is the rain date for the moving event.

Writer: Jim Bush, (765) 494-2077,

Source: Judith Nixon, (765) 494-2827,

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