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Access & Commons Services Team Shines as the Front Line of the Library

September 26th, 2017 · No Comments

Keeping the library open and running more than 100 hours per week during the semester is no small task.

The Brandeis University Library Access & Commons Services Team helps manage and secure more than 110,000 square feet of the library, with more than 725,000 people a year entering the building and checking out almost 144,000 items from an inventory of well over 1,000,000 items. The team responds to questions, watches for leaks in the building and keeps occupants safeall with the goal of student and faculty success.

Led by Brenda Cummings, the manager of Access & Commons Services, the team consists of six staff and about 40 students. Often the first point of contact for visitors to the library, the Access & Commons Services Team answers questions that range from how to find an article, how to use a lockable carrel, and how to locate and check-out books, laptops, phone chargers and calculators.

While it takes a whole team of dedicated employees to keep the library a place of discovery, access and creativity, Access & Commons Services plays a crucial role in managing the library space. Knowing that the library is used not only as a study space but also as a community space, they help organize finals activities such as puzzles, coloring and visits from baby farm animals.

The team is adaptable and resourceful, and they kept the library running as smoothly as possible through challenges of construction and new equipment this past summer.

With the Access & Commons Services Team on the front line, the Goldfarb-Farber Library thrives as a location where students and faculty from across campus can go to find answers, become inspired and develop new ideas year-round.

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