USU library full information. 2020

USU library full information. 2020

 increases the storage hours capacities of the usu library. The Aggies at Utah State University are proud to your new BARN, not for live cattle, but for your library books. THE BARN (Automated Borrower Recovery Network) is an automated storage and recovery system (AS / RS) designed and built by Daifuku America Corporation. Automation increases the storage eastern capacities of the Daifuku library United States Helped price Increase Utah State University On-site storage capacity to manage collection growth until the year 2027 study rooms.

"People are fascinated by the system library database. We see a savings in terms of the time required to put aside use volumes and the number of magazines lost or lost its own price to Utah, "explains Betty Rozum, Associate Director of Technical Services at Merrill-Cazier Library.

Automated Merrill Material Handling from Utah State University system planned, built and Cazier implemented by Daifuku America Corporation allows Merrill-Cazier Library for storing such library rooms materials like bound magazines and low-use books on a high

density, cost-effective, and climate control ambient eastern price library.

The Merrill–Cazier Library opened in September 2005. The building integrated the Cazier Science and Technology Library with a 189,000-square-foot (17,600 m2) expansion, replacing the 74-year-old Merrill Library.[1] The library is named for Milton R. Merrill, former Utah State University vice president, and Stanford Cazier, former Utah State University president.[2]

The original Merrill Library was built in 1930 by the Whitmeyer Company of Ogden, Utah[3] and expanded in 1967.[4] A second library, the Cazier Science and Technology Library, was added to campus in 1995.[5]

The Merrill–Cazier Library recently marked its 100th anniversary as a regional United States Government document depository.[6]

The Building
A central atrium connects the former Cazier Science and Technology library with the new construction allowing the two to work as one.[7] The library is 305,000-square-foot (28,300 m2), about the same as the previous two libraries combined, using technological innovations, the new library is a more functional building.[8]

Recently labeled a "Smart Library" by Campus Technology magazine,[9] the Merrill–Cazier Library offers a technology-rich environment with radio frequency identification tags (RFID), a self check-out system, an on site automated retrieval system, the Information Commons consisting of 150 computer workstations, group study rooms of which 14 are equipped with computers and large screen LCD displays, two multimedia suites, and two library instruction rooms with over 60 workstations.[10]
An automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) is an integral part of the building and allows for many years of collection development.[11] Designed and built by Daifuku of America at its North American Headquarters in Salt Lake City, the system is enclosed in a 56-foot-wide (17 m) by 140-foot-long (43 m) and 80-foot-high (24 m) climate-controlled corner of the library building. Three aisles of shelves are served by three Storage and Retrieval Machines (SRMs) that can retrieve an average of 875 volumes a day. There is space to add a fourth row of shelves when it is needed.[12] The BARN (Borrower's Automated Retrieval Network) was so named in reference to Utah State University's status as an agricultural school.
All of the Merrill–Cazier Library's bound journals, over 200,000 less frequently used books, and most of the microform are stored in the BARN. There are currently nearly 550,000 items with room to expand to approximately 1.5 million items.[13]
The Search for a Solution
Nickerson, whose previous experience had been in collection development, turned first to his special collections colleagues at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University to learn more about how they described and organized similar materials. He visited the two campuses to observe operations and seek advice. Both these institutions were creating printed registers for their collections and both were experimenting with digital access. Both universities were also creating online registers, independent from their printed registers, which involved a lot of duplicated effort.

Nickerson recognized that SUU wanted a process that could use one data entry for creating both printed and online versions. In a sense, he was inspired by what the other two schools were not doing. A colleague at the University of Utah mentioned SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) in passing, and through his subsequent research Nickerson discovered EAD (Encoded Archival Description). With this discovery, he realized he could leapfrog into a good position by employing EAD from the beginning.

But realizing that the solution to his organizational dilemma lay in EAD, and employing it, were two different things. He had not worked in special collections before, and he knew very little about recent trends and developments in that area. He turned to the World Wide Web and listserv discussion groups to educate himself. He studied the work on EAD at the University of California at Berkeley, and then had discussions with librarians at Duke University and the University of Texas at Austin. He downloaded the Library of Congress’s EAD DTD (document type definition) information and taught himself to apply it to manuscript materials.

Still, he realized that the work going on in these large research institutions did not provide an entirely usable model for Southern Utah University. Nickerson identified four requirements for any system for organizing special collections materials:

It can generate both print and electronic finding aids.
It can produce HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) “on the fly.”
It does not require a browser plug-in.
It is inexpensive to implement.
Designing and Refining the System
Understanding the essential requirements was a vital first step. The second was equally important: the library’s network specialist, LaMonte Charlton, was asked to help find off-the-shelf, easy-to-use, and inexpensive methods of meeting the requirements. Charlton and Nickerson combed through Web resources and talked to colleagues in other libraries about their experiences with EAD. They concluded that an old ‘486 computer could be made into a server. Linux was installed on the server. The technical team decided Word Perfect’s SGML editor was adequate to handle the project.

The first system served as proof of concept, but Nickerson recognized that the system was too slow to be made available to staff and users on the Web. He discovered a state LSTA mini-grant that did not require matching funds. In collaboration with the faculty development grant specialist, Nickerson developed a proposal for $7,500, the maximum allowed in the mini-grant category. He was awarded the grant, and $5,000 of the funds was used to purchase a new server and a CD-based copy of Linux. The remainder was used to pay Charlton to modify I-Search software by writing C++ code and perl scripts.

To learn more about the national standard, Nickerson attended an EAD training session sponsored by the Society of American Archivists at New York University. There he met Daniel Pitti and Kris Kreisling, developers of the EAD standards, and he was later able to send questions to them via e-mail that arose during the SUU project.

Using the SGML editor that is standard in WordPerfect 8.0 software, Nickerson created templates that simplified data entry for the students hired for the project. With the templates, the first half of every finding aid was automatically generated. For the second half, requiring individualized data, WordPerfect macros were created for all the principal EAD tags.


Matthew Nickerson’s interest in linking special collections to the library’s online catalog led to the identification of a new electronic means for indexing and organizing such materials for a broader community. The librarians hope that this project, which resulted in a special method of providing subject metadata at the front of the digital collection, will allow these terms to be picked up by the many browsers who mine the contents of the Web.
Library and university administrators admire how much was accomplished at so low a cost, and the librarians are proud of the significant new service they have been able to offer. Although only 3 of the 30 collections processed thus far contain images, the library is confident that all 200 collections, including many visual images, will soon be available to users.
The faculty and an independent researcher who were interviewed praised the simplicity of the project and its ability to make SUU’s resources better known. Those interviewed were surprised to learn that the holdings are more extensive than they had realized. They share an interest in local history and are quite familiar with the actual manuscript collections. All are enthusiastic about the EAD project, for they believe the collections will be of great value to researchers elsewhere who are interested in the history of southern Utah. They foresee opportunities to work more closely with federal land management and archeology projects under way in southern Utah because of the library’s ability to make historical images of the region available. They are also hoping that the SUU digital collections will be joined by other institutions’ digital collections relating to southern Utah, resulting in an extensive virtual local history collection.
Both the librarians and the researchers believe that the EAD project will stimulate more donations to SUU’s special collections. Janet Seegmiller, special collections coordinator, has already noted that potential donors are beginning to see SUU as an attractive repository for their personal collections.
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