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I know those books were here yesterday…

If you’ve been in the Professional Center Library in the last couple of days, you’ve probably noticed that we’re once again making some changes to the second floor. Don’t worry – there will be much less construction this year than last! Here’s a look at what will happen:

Right now, books are being shifted to clear out some space for future work. They’re also being reorganized, slightly. While in the past books on the second floor have been shelved purely by function, at the end of this project they’ll be in call number order – just like books on the first and ground floors. It turns out that they’ll be in a pretty similar order, so hopefully it won’t take too much getting used to.

The shelves that are getting cleared out are mostly those in front of the Reference Librarian offices. Those shelves will be removed, and the Reference Desk will be relocated to that area. The form books and the Reference section will be put in new shelving near the copiers on the second floor, and work tables will be shifted around.

In July, there will be some construction to change the configuration of Reference Coordinator Angie Hobbs’ office. She’ll be working out of the an office on the back wall, near the Reference Librarians (Room 2201D) temporarily, so stop by if you need something notarized. There will also be some touch up work to some of the walls throughout the library during that time.

We’re excited about what the changes mean for the library – a new look, better access to the reference librarians and materials easier to find. To keep you up to date, we are resurrecting our Twitter hashtag #newPCL from last summer. Follow us @wfupcl and find out what to expect on any particular day!

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#New PCL: The Finale

August 26, 2011 3 comments

Welcome to all of our new and returning students!  It’s hard to believe that everyone is already back and that summer is over, but we’re excited to welcome our largest class of 1Ls ever!  I’d like to say it has been a quiet summer without you, but alas, I cannot.  It has been quite a busy summer around here with lots of construction and changes within the library.

On the 2nd floor (main floor of the library) four new offices were constructed on the back wall where carrels once resided.  Our Reference Librarians (Eggert, Irwin-Smiler and our newest addition, Liz Johnson) now have office space there and are eager to have you stop by to see their new digs.   Angie Hobbs now has a new office in the Reference area, and six new offices were constructed on the third floor for our Law School Faculty.

For our students, we have created a number of new casual seating areas with electrical outlets available.  There are many new reading nooks’ where you can even turn on a lamp and get super cozy with your Torts textbook, or some other exciting reading material.


                 

We have also have created a computer charging station just behind the Rotunda in the library where you can plug in your computer and lock it down while you go grab a Starbucks mid-afternoon wake-up coffee.  Additionally,we still have a great many carrels available for study, 8 of which may be checked out by students doing research for a ‘paper class’, working as a Research Assistant, or writing a journal article.

Some other changes you may notice (if you were here last year), is that we have added 2 more study tables just off the Rotunda of the library.  We have made electrical power available in many more locations with the addition of electric outlets, and/or power strips.

Lastly, we are in the process of relocating the Catalog computers on the Ground, 1st and 3rd floors.  The 3rd floor is complete with a Kiosk beside the copier/printer for easy access.  The Ground and 1st floors Kiosks will be similarly located near the elevator and copier/printers. We hope this will promote easier access to our catalog for all you bibliophiles out there!

You can look back at our changes on  Twitter (#newpcl), but we’d really love for you to stop by, take a look and check out our new space.

                       

Songs to Build By

July 19, 2011 1 comment

If you have been following our Blog and Tweets, you will know that there has been A LOT of construction going on in the PCL.  As with all building, some noise has been involved and, despite many of us moving to avoid the worst of it, it is not possible keep the library going from the ground floor. So, what to listen to drown out the drills and hammers? Of course everyone will have his or her own favorites for high volume music to drown out the loudest of drilling and hammering.  I found Billy Idol’s Greatest Hits a good distraction.

However, I did get to wondering “what if you wanted some music with a construction/building motif?  Are there songs out there?”  Turns out there are a few and, depending how far you are willing to stretch the building/working definition, you can find a number of tributes to the working man and woman and to celebrating after the work is done.  It is an eclectic mix of oldies, country, and folk with a bit of rock thrown in.  Not often that you will see Bobby Darin, Tom Waits, and Kid Rock on the same list!  Some songs are serious, some funny, some a bit schmaltzy, and there is even one that is very creepy.  Overall it makes for an amusing listening experience.

A number of these links will take you to a page where, not only can you listen to the song, but can read about it origins.  While I warn you that I’m a bit of an old fogey when it comes to music, but if I were asked to recommend some of the best from this collection, I’d suggest

  • 16 Tons – Very old, but a classic that everyone should know.
  • Highwayman – When you bring Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson together, you can’t help but have an incredible song.
  • What’s He Building In There? – For those unfamiliar with Tom Waits and his delightfully odd and macabre ditties, you need to give him a try.
  • Electricity – From School House Rock, you might actually learn while listening.
  • Allentown – a lament for an industry’s glory days.
  • My top choice is the modern version of Chain Gang from the movie Cadence, complete with the fancy footwork.

Building Songs

These songs are actually about being a carpenter, builder, or about using the tools of the trade.

Bob the Builder theme song.   Not much on either lyrics or beat but really should be included since it fit our theme so well.

Grandpa Was A Carpenter   John Prine with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and others.  A country classic.

Hard Hat & a Hammer  Alan Jackson. Country.

Highwayman The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson). The entire song is not about building but the third stanza specifically mentions a dam builder.

If I Had a Hammer  Peter Paul & Mary. A folk fan favorite.

If I Were a Carpenter (2 versions). Bobby Darin (at :45) OR Johnny & June Cash

Working on a Building   Cowboy Junkies.

Some songs can be very funny, or even downright weird.

Songs of the construction site
Improve comics on Whose Line (unaired segment) play Greatest Hits to create “Songs of the Construction Site.”

A selection of original humorous songs about homebuilding and remodeling as performed the Southern Building Show and the Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence.  Visit the Biscuit Joint website to listen to some sample songs. “The songs are written for industry professionals, but the joys and frustrations of the industry cross all boundaries.”

What’s He Building In There? Tom Waits. Creepy fun.

Other songs are specifically about certain parts of the building process

Electricity

Electricity (School House Rock).

Windows

Come to My Window  Melissa Etheridge.

Working Hard

These songs are not specifically about building but are about those who work with their hand or who are on the bottom rungs of the executive food chain.  You could call them songs for the Everyman/Everywoman and they range from the funny or upbeat to resigned or even sadly wistful; something for every worker.

Blue Collar Man Styx.

9 to 5 – Dolly Parton. Not the most complex lyrics but toe-tapping catchy and has a beat to go with hammering.

16 Tons – Tennessee Ernie Ford. This ode to coal miners was recorded by many artists but this version is probably one of, if not the, most well-known.

Allentown– Billy Joel. Recounts one factory town’s decline

Bang the Drum All Day – Todd Rundgren. Catchy or damn annoying – whatever your opinion you cannot argue that it drowns out other noises

Bow River – Cold Chisel. “….describes the needs and wants of the working class man…”

Career Opportunities – The Clash. Chain Gang.

Sam Cook version.  For a modern video to this song check out this clip form the movies Cadence.

Cleaning Windows – Van Morrison.

Don’t You Love Me No More? -Henry Priestman. It is not just individuals who can be disloyal.  Your employer can do the same.

Draggin’ The Line – Tommy James.

For The Workforce, Drowning – Thursday (I really do not understand much of what they are saying, but I have that problem with a lot songs so you may love it.

Get A Job – The Silhouettes.

One Piece At A Time by Johnny Cash. A humorous story of a working man’s attempt to acquire one of the luxury cars that he’s spend his life building and the unique result of his efforts.

She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer.

After Work Songs

A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles.

Five O’Clock World – The Vogues.

God Bless Saturday – Kid Rock.

Questionably Related

Just because a song has “build” or “house” in the title does not mean that it has anything to do with building or construction.  However, the following titles showed up so often on lists of building songs that I’ve included them to present others’ viewpoints.

Build – Housemartins.

Highway Under Construction – Gorillaz.

Our House – Madness.

We Built This City – Jefferson Starship.

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PCL Library on the ‘Eve of Construction’*

June 6, 2011 Leave a comment

There will be some significant changes to the PCL library this summer.  New offices are being constructed in the library that will help to tide the library and law school over until we can commence complete renovations when the Business School relocates to its new building.  Current construction will begin on June 6th and will continue through the end of July. During construction Professor Eggert and Ms. Hobbs will be relocating to the third floor library classroom.  All the reference librarians will have moved to the new offices by the time classes begin and Ms. Hobbs will remain behind the reference desk, in one of the former reference librarian offices.

*For those of you under 40 click here for a video of the actual “Eve of Destruction.”  (warning, includes images of violence & hate crimes).

Alternative lyrics have been included below for the entertainment or scorn of all ages.

The eastern world it is explodin’,
Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,
You’re old enough to kill but not for votin’,
You don’t believe in war, but what’s that gun you’re totin’,
And even the Jordan river has bodies floatin’,
But you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.

The upper floors, they are a’changing
Walls movin’, furniture rearranging
Files in boxes but not for foldin’
You don’t want to move, but what’s that lamp you’re holdin’
And look, there goes the brand new mouldling,
But you tell me over and over and over and over again my friend
An, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of construction.
Don’t you understand, what I’m trying to say?

Can’t you feel the fears that I’m feeling today?
If the button is pushed, there’s no running away,
There’ll be no one to save with the world in a grave,
Take a look around you, boy, it’s bound to scare you, boy,
And you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.

Don’t you understand, what I’m trying to say?
Some of the study carrels, they are going away.
The one that you had last year, you cannot have today,
There’s no way in retreating, from unassigned seating,
Take a look around you students, there’s seating for you all.
And you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of construction.

Yeah, my blood’s so mad, feels like coagulatin’,
I’m sittin’ here, just contemplatin’,
I can’t twist the truth, it knows no regulation,
Handful of Senators don’t pass legislation,
And marches alone can’t bring integration,
When human respect is disintegratin’,
This whole crazy world is just too frustratin’,
And you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.

Yeah a buzz saw goes, sounds like it is rotatin’
Then I think to try some contemplatin’
I notice it is for soundproofing that they’re insulatin’
And drop cloths alone can’t keep the air clean
or keep things quiet over the sounds of the machine
I hear a banging hammer, it could be a balpean
And you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of construction.

Think of all the hate there is in Red China!
Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama!
Ah, you may leave here, for four days in space,
But when your return, it’s the same old place,
The poundin’ of the drums, the pride and disgrace,
You can bury your dead, but don’t leave a trace,
Hate your next-door-neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace,
And you tell me over and over and over and over again my friend,
you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction. mmm, no, no.
you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction

Think of all the construction there is on the campus
Then take a look around in the PCL
Ah, you may leave here for a three months space
But when you return, it’s the same old place
The outlines and the exams, the pride and disgrace
You attend class and take notes but on your brain it leaves no trace,
You skipped your 9 o’clock class and now you can’t show your face,
And you tell me over and over and over and over again my friend,
you don’t believe we’re on the eve of construction. mmm, no, no.
you don’t believe we’re on the eve of construction.

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