Bring on the Steam….punk!
Over the summer, we experienced a complete renovation. The media center was cleared to the walls so that new carpet could be installed and the walls were painted as well. For the past two weeks, we have been returning the furniture to the media center, re-shelving books from storage boxes, and coping with the quirks of change.
One small change, which has turned out to be a big change affecting many staff members, is the change of the media center doors. The doors were changed from a simple pull handle on the outside and a press bar on the inside to a twist handle on the outside and a panic bar on the inside. This change seems minute, but over the course of two weeks, I have watched staff members and students have difficulty opening the door because they were not strong enough to twist the handle. I have seen several face plant into the door when leaving because they did not press the bar fully and the door did not open as a result. Worse still, the doors are quite heavy and several adults and students have been either been caught by the closing door or have run into the door because they did not have sufficient torque to move door and pass through it at the same time.
Another change was an old desk for a temporary one. The main circulation desk was damaged during the renovation. So, while we wait for a new desk to be manufactured, we have a temporary one from the discipline office. This desk does not have a book drop or a sorting tray or leg clearance for working at the counter. In short, it is a pain the butt from which to work. There is not comfortable place to sit or stand and the computer seem like an overgrown monstrosity on the counter. Media assistants look like hunchbacks as they try to cope with the odd posture created by no leg room.
While our carpet is a lovely color and our walls our bright and clean, our patrons are not amused by the smells of renovation. We view it as a small price to pay that will eventually fade, but there is no consoling the twelve year old masses dealing with allergies.
The renovation has made it easier for us to begin transitioning to our new media theme, Just Read, which will have a Steampunk theme. New murals are coming to life and a new shelving pattern will provide better flow for previewing and checkout, and our seating will allow for more diversity in seating.
In any change, one must take the good and quirky, and balance them. We are trying. Net blog post will feature photos of our new murals.