The staff of the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio library, working in collaboration with Fitchburg Public Schools and the University's capital planning and maintenance department, recently completed a renovation and "reboot" of the McKay Arts Academy library.
The MAA is a Pre-K to 8 school located in the McKay building on the University's campus. Some 700 students attend the school annually.
Planning for the "reboot" began in the fall of 2015. The work involved not only physical renovations, but also the re-writing of contracts with the University's online catalog vendor to extend the existing catalog to the MAA library. It also necessitated the development of a new online public access catalog (or OPAC) for the McKay school.
Because the books in the MAA library were to be incorporated in the University's catalog system, staff brought all 5,000 volumes to the main campus, where they assessed, cleaned, and readied for reshelving. Each volume then received a bibliographic entry.
The cataloging work was led by Patricia Langevin and Nancy Turnbull, but they were assisted greatly by Kristin Lortie, Maureen Moisson, and others. Capital planning staff instrumental to the project included Heide Messing and Dougie Thomas.
The project also received the attention of the local newspaper, the Sentinel and Enterprise, which ran a front-page story. Congratulations to all on a job well done!