The Library was closed last week for maintenance and the Museum remained open. What were we doing during our week closed? Let me show you.
There are quite a few ongoing projects that we have to update the Library and modernize our collection organization practices. One of the long-standing projects was the periodicals section in the Lower Level of the Library.
Our periodicals collection is of vital importance to researchers at NSLM. Over the past year, I’ve been working hard to reorganize the book collections that were stored on the lower level, as well as to process some backlogged donations. This cleared up enough space that we could finally reorganize and alphabetize our periodicals, leaving plenty of space for active subscriptions to grow. The reorganization took all week (and the weekend, too!) and wouldn’t have been completed in time without the help of one of our part-time workers, Emily. Emily does not have to go to the gym this week, she got a huge workout moving our back-issues of the Blood-Horse!
While I was occupied on the Lower Level, Nicole was busy adding to the permanent collection objects on display in this building. Several bare spaces now have attractive prints and paintings, and the Library definitely feels a lot more cozy now.
Nicole also replaced labels throughout the Library. A larger font size and alterations to the layout will promote legibility and give the entire Library a unified look and feel.
Our stairwell wall got a new layer of paint, and some fabulous vinyl lettering to direct visitors to the Lower Level. The lettering was designed and installed by Nicole, who had a very busy week.
We took the opportunity to open the massive case that houses the toy stable. It took three of us to get the case open. We came away certain that the stable is well-protected! It was in need of a good cleaning, and the coachman who had fallen over is now returned to an upright state. Many thanks to Nicole for restoring order in our miniature equestrian structure.
Lastly, we had new outdoor panels installed on the exterior of the building. These signs list our hours of operation, and I’ve been anxious to get them installed for quite a while now.
I hope you’ll come see us this week now that the Library’s open again!