Tbe first couple of weeks of the fall voyage have been a whirlwind. Our quick departure in Southampton two days after we boarded meant that Julie (my partner in the library) and I worked long days to attend orientation meetings and long nights to set up the library. The last of the library shipment from UVA was finally unboxed after the students boarded. That's unusually late. During student orientation day, we set up the Destiny library catalog, got everything put on reserve for fall, and met our student assistants.
One of my pre-voyage tasks was to review each syllabus in order to identify those with a research component. Then Julie and I drafted research guides. Faculty were happy to see these guides along with all their readings in their course folders.
We have 8 stellar students assisting us in the library and they've already been much help. In addition to staffing our circulation desk, they all went to work immediately to shift the reference section. There wasn't room to add even one reference book - as you can see in the 'before' photo. After shifting across two ranges, we created an empty shelf in addition to some space on each of the shelves. It's a shelving miracle!