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Posted: October 2, 2020 — “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” You have probably heard that saying before. We are certainly going through some changes these days. But one thing that is staying the same is the Evans Library’s commitment to providing our students and staff with a high level of service and the resources to support their academic success.

The library is open this fall serving our students in person and remotely Monday – Thursday 9 am – 7 pm with remote services only available Friday 9 am – 4 pm.  We are not without some changes, of course.. Not without some changes, of course. Our collections are “closed stacks” for now. Meaning, you can’t just browse through our materials on your own. But, they are still available for use both inside and outside of the library. Our staff is always ready and willing to help find and retrieve the items in need.

We have developed a protocol for library materials which includes both quarantine procedures and the use of UV (ultra-violet) light for disinfection. We are offering a “curb-side” service were patrons can request materials remotely and come in to pick them up – minimizing the time and distance traveled in the library. We are also working with other campus offices to provide students with semester-long loans of laptop computers as necessary.

Our seating has been socially-distanced and we have a cleaning protocol in place to disinfect computers, desktops, and seating after use. This is above and beyond the great job our Buildings & Grounds Department is doing in that area. Facemasks are required when entering the building and when moving around from place-to-place.

We are still assisting students with research questions and conducting information literacy classes – both in-person and remotely. Students are welcome to utilize the library space to attend their live remote class sessions if they find themselves on campus and going home is not practical. The Math Lab and Writing Center are both offering services inside and outside the library. Tutoring is available too.

It should be noted that members of the public, those not enrolled in a class at the college, are not permitted in the library at this time. We hope this is only temporary and it is part of the effort to minimize the number of people on campus at any one time.

Current students are encouraged to check out the library’s website at https://library.fmcc.edu/home1 to see our hours of operation, special announcements, and the entire range of services and materials available.  The Evan’s Library is a great place to come and study, have access to research materials and receive in person tutoring at both the Math Lab and Writing Center.

Yes, some things have changed. The College’s and the Evans Library’s commitment to our students has not.

This article was authored by Daniel Towne, Assistant Professor and Director of the Evans Library at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

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