What did I find at the Library? Nothing! The books have all left, and not TDY, but rather PCS. Except for Music, and references on the first floor, the contents are all now on the North Campus. I am not sure how that helps Continuing Education Students who are taking South Campus courses.
I am perhaps more sensitive to this than some in that while I was teaching at the National War College our library, which was in our own building, was consolidated with the library of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and moved into a third building, further up the post. Sure, it isn't a big deal for a physically fit man or woman of 40 to walk a couple of blocks to the library, but moving the library meant that those who might have just wandered through the stacks, killing a few minutes, would no longer do so. And, wandering is a fine way to discover new things, like when I found a book on Odilo Globocnik, an SS leader and one of the major figures in the Holocaust, which was a course we were taking. Just plain serendipity.
I can be convinced this massive transfer of books is a good idea, but it is not coming to me as I type.
Regards — Cliff
- TDY is Temporary Duty
- PCS is Permanent Change of Station