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A Message from the Dean of the Library on Coronavirus
The library continues to take precautions as a result of Covid-19 and to help contain its spread. First, the semester has started with a slightly reduced schedule. We are gradually increasing hours as we hire additional student employees. Check the library’s calendar to get updates as we gradually increase our hours over the next few weeks.
Second, all floors are now open to the public. Note that we are only using the group study rooms on the 6th floor at the present time. Those rooms are being deep cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis. Access to the rooms can be obtained by checking out a key from the Circulation Desk on the first floor. The book stacks and 7th floor computer lab are available to all users.
The Reference Desk will remain closed through the spring semester. Reference services are available through our online chat service or by telephone (409-880-7264). You can access our chat service by clicking the link on the library home page.
Library instruction sessions through the end of the semester are also provided online. All face-to-face sections of LIBR 1101, Introduction to Library Research, are online.
As books are returned, they are being quarantined for 3 days (the time that the Covid-19 virus can survive on hard surfaces) before being re-shelved. This is an added protection both for our employees who re-shelve the books and our users who check them out.
Half of the computers on the first floor have been temporarily disabled to promote effective social distancing. Please do not gather in a group around a single computer.
Computers, elevator buttons, and most hard surfaces are being disinfected on a regular basis. Please remember to say a word of thanks to our custodians for the excellent work that they are doing in working to keep the building safe.
Purell hand sanitizer dispensers are located on each floor at the elevators and within the 7th floor computing lab. We urge you to use them periodically. We also urge you to heed the handwashing signs in the restrooms. After washing your hands, please use your paper towel to pull the restroom door open to keep the door handles free of germs and to avoid picking up germs.
We realize that these precautions will create some inconvenience, but we believe that they will be helpful in keeping us all healthy and in slowing the spread of the virus. For information on how Lamar University is addressing the situation, please refer to the university’s Covid-19 information page.
If you have questions, please feel free to ask at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.
I wish you a healthy and successful spring semester.
Best regards,Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.
Dean of the Library/Vice President for Information Management and
The JSTOR Collections - Arts & Sciences IV
In order to promote and expand access to scholarly journal content, the Mary & John Gray Library has recently added the JSTOR Arts & Science IV Collection of online journal archives, thus adding access to an additional 109 journals, with dates of coverage ranging from 1852 to 2016, varying by journal.
The library has also acquired the digital archives for the IEEE periodicals for the following date ranges: 1884-1964, and 1995-2000.