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FromProvostLindaBell:

Totheeditor:

Ifeelcompelledtoclearupsomeveryimportantmisperceptionsreportedin
Spectatorsrecentarticleabout
BarnardsplansforanewTeachingandLearningCenter
,specificallyregardingthelibrarycollection,aswell
astheinvolvementofthebroaderBarnardcommunityintheplanningprocess.Ialsoaddressedthese
issuesinalettersenttoBarnardfacultyonDecember11th.

ThearticleindicatesthatwewillbedownsizingBarnardslibrarycollection.Whileitistruethatweare
finalizingaplanneddeaccessionofapproximately12,000books,our

planistocontinuetogrowthelibrary's
collection,bothduringtheconstructionperiodandoncewemoveintothenewbuilding.Duringthe
constructionperiod,growthwillbemodestbutdeliberate,intendedtokeepcollectionsandseriescomplete.
Oncewemoveintothenewlibrary,weplantogrowthecollectionatthesamepacethatwehave
maintainedinthepast.

Becausewearecommittedbothtomakingroomfornewcollections,andtocreatingdesperatelyneeded
studentstudyspaces,areadingroom,andclassrooms,wewillneedtomoveasmallpercentageofour
circulatingcollectiontooffsiteretrievablestorage.Wewillworkcloselywiththelibrarystafftodevelopaplan
thatmakesaccesstobooksasseamlessaspossible,andretrievablewithin24hours.

Additionally,weareworkingwiththearchitectstocreateadditionalspacesforbooksinthenewbuilding.We
havealreadycomeupwithsomeideasthatthearchitectsarecurrentlyexploring.Weareconfidentthatwe
canfitthevastbulkofourcollectionintothenewbuilding,andkeepthenumberofbooksinretrievable
storagetoaminimum.

ThearticlealsosuggeststhatfacultyandothermembersoftheBarnardcommunitywerenotrepresentedin
theplanningprocess.Infact,lastspringasteeringcommitteeandthreesubcommitteeswereformed,all
withthebroadrepresentationoffaculty,students,andstaff.Now,aswemoveintothedetailedspace
planningphaseoftheprojectinJanuary2015,additionalworkinggroupsdedicatedtoplanningforthe
Libraryandotherteachingandlearningspaceswillbeformedandcomposedprimarilyoffacultyandlibrary
staff.

Weenteredintothisbuildingprojectwiththecentralgoalofcreatingalibraryworthyofourextraordinary
studentsandfaculty.PresidentSpar,myself,andeveryoneinvolvedintheplanningcommitteessharethe
beliefthatthelibrarymustrepresentwhatweholddearaboutacademicexcellenceandscholarshipina
liberalartssetting.Wearedeeplycommittedtomakingthisbuildingacherishedspacethatadvancesand
celebratestheintellectuallifeofourCollege.

LindaBell
ProvostandDeanoftheFaculty,BarnardCollege
December16,2014