Description: When collections are centralized into the main library, is there a means to offer the same focus and space for browsing and serendipitous discovery that users often find in the academic branch or departmental fine arts library?
Many proponents of integrated collections cite the ability of users to virtually browse the shelves using the online catalog, making the case for bringing all materials back together “under one roof.” However, studies have shown that a significant portion of collection use in art and architecture libraries is the result of students browsing the stacks for inspiration.

At Virginia Commonwealth University, we are examining the pros and cons of creating a reading area for the academic art community within a large and heavily used main library. This space may also serve to highlight selections from our exhibition catalog collection and provide opportunities for browsing. We plan to share our research, experiences, and progress during this poster session.

Presenters: Yuki Hibben & Kristina Keogh, Virginia Commonwealth University

A Place for Us – Presentation