The Math Library, located in the middle of the third and fourth floors of Vincent Hall, houses over 44,000 periodical volumes and monographs. It supports research and curriculum of the school of Mathematics, Statistics and the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, with nearly 400 current journal subscriptions.
Although the Mathematics Library is part of the Academic Programs, 90% of the work is IADS related, including circulation service, stacks maintenance, course reserves, billing and fines and binding. The unit provides full reference service and processes journals, and some gift books, for Technical Services. Also, library staff work collaboratively with the academic departments to save money when building the Reserves Collection by obtaining free text books. The library is managed by a Librarian, Kris Fowler, a Library Assistant 3, Lynn Tran, and 6 FTE staff. Residing in the middle of the third and fourth floors of Vincent Hall, the Mathematics Library was not well known to the majority of students before 1999. As Walter Library and the Architecture Library prepared to move their collections for remodeling, the Math Library was the only library left on the Mall and was asked to provide paging and circulation services to the Institute of Technology faculty, staff and students. This event provided an opportunity to become more well known in the University community.
In the summer of 2005 The Circulation Desk and office areas underwent a facelift with the installation of a new circulation counter and new office furniture. The makeover gives the Library a new look and enhances services.
The Mathematics Library completes an incredible amount of activities for its size, coming in third in the number of circulation transactions and the total number of visitors in the seven branch libraries.
One of the greatest benefits of working in a departmental library is a "front-row seat" for helping the same individual use MNCAT, find the book and check it out. Another great benefit is the great working relationships the staff has formed with one another.
Mathematics Library staff know the Faculty, Staff and students very well, often chatting and joking about kids, family, work and life.
~ Submitted by: Lynn Tran, Library Assistant 3, Mathematics Library