To make room for classrooms in the Education Building, the Regional Education Resource Center (RERC) will move to available space in Zahnow Library.
With the move of the RERC, library directors said they believe research will be become “one-stop shopping.”
The RERC is a research library that provides students and local teachers with curriculum samples for K-12 students, access to computers, a collection of children’s literature and tools that allow students to laminate, die cut and make bindings for documents.
Linda Farynk, director of Zahnow Library, said there won’t be a mass move until the end of the semester.
She said that the need to move was created by issues with space.
“Space is the primary reason for the move and to make use of the space that is available,” Farynk said. “We will create a dedicated space for a particular group of items in the RERC to preserve their integrity as a collection.”
Zahnow Library is providing space for the RERC young adult and children’s literature on the fourth floor of the library as well as curriculum materials.
“Curriculum materials support student teachers, our students, by providing textbooks and model lesson plans to take into the classroom,” Farynk said.
She said that the RERC is a microcosm of the Zahnow Library, and she expects the RERC collections to merge with Zahnow to fill space already empty.
“It will be just like using the library before, but now with more of a selection,” Farynk said.
Duplicate materials will be offered to the education faculty for their use, and Farynk said that duplicate materials will be offered to the education faculty for their use.
They will also have the first chance to retain anything not coming over to the library.
All extra copies not selected by professors will be donated to BetterWorldBooks.
“BetterWorldBooks identifies a country around the world that needs help in supporting their library,” Farynk said. “These books will see a useful second life.”
Farynick said that the books purchased through a grant, such those received with support from the Math and Science Resource Center, will be given back to the Center.
“We are bit by bit finding homes for materials,” Farynk said.
She said that the move will help students find what they need faster.
“Students often start a project in the RERC, but to get more access to media and periodicals to compete an assignment they must come to the library anyway,” Farynk said.
The Zahnow Library is open 84 hours a week compared to the RERC, which is only open for 52 hours. Farynk said that since Zahnow Library is open during finals and more hours a week, it will give students more time to find the resources they need.
“I hope they will be pleased by how much they can accomplish in one place,” Farynk said.
Rose San Miguel, coordinator of the RERC, said she believes all the materials will find a space in Zahnow.
She said that she believes many students who visited the RERC often needed to use the computer. According to statistics from last year, she said between 200 and 300 students went to the RERC per day.
Some of these numbers could have come from students walking by the counter multiple times.
San Miguel said students would wait for the RERC to open instead of using other computer labs.
“The students know they can find a quiet place to study and that students like coming here instead of somewhere else on campus,” San Miguel said.
She said she is worried about the RERC’s extra equipment and how would that would affect students.
“Educators from the local school district and students utilize the RERC tools,” San Miguel said of the which help do die cuts, comb binding and lamination machines.
She said these materials are “under negotiation” and may be moved to another area for student use either in the Library or Education Building.
San Miguel said that if the University cannot find a space, students will have to seek outside services that would cost more.