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Construction Updates Summer 2019

Lougheed Learning Commons/Crumb Library

The Lougheed Learning Common's lobby will undergo construction during Summer 2019 to improve service by creating a single service point for library circulation, research assistance, and technology help for fall 2019.  Due to the disruption this work will cause, the Commons building will be closed for study space, collection use, and computer use during the following academic breaks:

  • May 20-22
  • June 28-July 7

During these times, all Commons office staff will be available by phone, email, and appointment, and the Center for Creative Instruction and Lougheed Center for Applied Learning will be open for drop-in visitors through the rear building entrance, which faces Carson Hall.

Crane Library

Physical Plant staff will begin construction work in Crane Library on May 20, to create swing spaces necessary to support faculty and students during the renovation of Bishop Hall in 2019-2020.  These renovations will also, upon completion of the Bishop Hall project, improve services for library users.  Due to the disruption this work will cause, the Crane Library will be closed for study space, collection use, and computer use during the following times:

  • May 20 to June 30
  • August 10 to August 18

During construction, library staff will be available by phone, email, and appointment to assist with library needs and issues:

The Lougheed Learning Commons will also be open for most of this time, offering library users another option for spaces and computer access.
The Crane library will be open starting July 1 to support the music courses which are offered in Summer Session 2.

Questions? Send us an e-mail at library@potsdam.edu

Library Management System (ALMA) updates

Alma and Primo

The SUNY Potsdam College Libraries have a SIGNIFICANT software upgrade coming in mid-June to bring up a new Library Management System (Alma) for the entire SUNY System. This system encompasses our library catalog, manages our circulation to patrons and ALSO provides the framework for a new interface (Primo) for finding materials through the QuickSearch box on the library home page. 

What does this mean?

  • BearCat (the library catalog) and the current QuickSearch search box on the library homepage will both have a similar new interface.  (Beta preview available here, but it some things not yet working, e.g. linking out to ILL and other databases still in progress.)
  • All existing links to BearCat on the library pages will be re-linked to the new catalog, and the QuickSearch box on the home page will go to the new interface.
  • We will ABSOLUTELY be able to check out and check in materials during the transition, HOWEVER, there may be a span of several weeks when we will need to track this offline/on paper and so the information displaying in the catalog will be static and not up to date.  For example, a book that looks available may, in fact, be checked out.
  • If you are a faculty member teaching summer courses and will need to place items on reserve, PLEASE GIVE US YOUR RESERVE MATERIALS/REQUESTS AS FAR IN ADVANCE AS YOU CAN!!!!!  Reserves data is NOT transferable from the old system to the new, so we will need to re-enter all the reserves data after the new system comes up and will need to plan accordingly and have paper resources available to consult during the transition.   There will not be any slack to do things at the last minute; thank you for your understanding.

Questions? Send us an e-mail at library@potsdam.edu