Auburn University Libraries recently subscribed to Material ConneXion's online Materials Database, which can be used to access information on over 6,500 materials for design, building, and manufacturing. Material ConneXion focuses on collecting the most advanced, innovative, and sustainable materials from around the world.
Materials in the database are categorized by their composition (polymer, natural, metal, glass, etc.). They can be searched by keyword, manufacturer, or country. With Advanced Search, you can narrow your search by selecting physical properties (such as translucent, flexible, or good impact resistance), usage (fire resistant, outdoor use, acoustics, etc.), sustainability (non-toxic, recycled, etc.), or processing (weldable, printable, etc.).
Here's the link: AU Libraries' portal to Material ConneXion.
You can also get into the Material ConneXion database through the LADC's home page, lib.auburn.edu/ladc. Under "Search for E-Resources," click on "databases", and you'll find the link to Material ConneXion under M.
The LADC's upper level has been painted and carpeted. A crew from the LADC and the main library helped complete the shift of books from temporary shelving downstairs back up to their permanent location upstairs. (It took two weeks of assembling shelving and moving books!) Our shelves' wooden end panels and pieces of our wooden furniture have been sent to be stripped and stained.
Temporary study tables and lounge furniture provide a place for quiet study and reading upstairs while we await new furniture. Options for new furniture have been displayed on our bulletin board so that members of the CADC and all library users may give us feedback on the choices.
The shift of books from upstairs to the main level was completed last week. All of our regular collection, oversize collection, and portfolio collection is temporarily housed on the main level.
Meanwhile, the upstairs is emptied of furniture and shelving for the application of new paint and carpet. Painting began this Tuesday.
Study space, computer access, and assistance finding books are all available on the main level. Please don't hesitate to ask us if you have any questions or need help locating our resources.
For more frequent updates on our progress, check the LADC's Facebook page.
Fabric samples and images of furniture are currently displayed in the LADC (look on our entryway bulletin board and around the first floor). Feedback is welcome! A notepad is available by the entrance if you'd like to write comments or recommendations.
You can also view our color choices for paint, wood stain (for staining shelf ends, study tables, and wooden chairs), and carpet.
We would love to hear what you think.
During July and August, you may notice changes as we install new carpet and paint upstairs. This first phase of the LADC's renovation is scheduled from July 9 to August 24 (but we hope to finish by August 16th).
The process will involve moving books onto temporary shelving located on the ground floor and in the CADC Gallery, before the work of carpet installation and painting is to be completed on the 2nd floor from July 16 to August 3. The assembly of temporary shelving is under way, and the shifting of books from upstairs began this week (see photos below).
We plan to have all of the books assembled in call number order on the temporary shelves (and the shelves marked with call number signs) by next week. Although the stacks will be marked, they might be difficult to navigate, so we will be happy to help you find anything you need. LADC staff and student employees will also be able to retrieve books on demand during the move.
During the charrette at the LADC, students from the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction contributed hundreds of suggestions concerning their priorities for the renovation of the LADC, including the submission of floor plans for the rearrangement of the LADC, and votes for their carpet, furniture, wood stain, and fabric preferences.
In response, the library's renovation will emphasize differentiated spaces with designated collaborative and individual study areas, an updated color scheme, maximization of natural light, and new furniture and carpet.
The renovation will be completed during the 2012-2013 school year. Phase 1 (upstairs) begins this summer, and phase 2 (ground floor) will follow in December.