Library staff have today, Monday, 28 May 2018, started to move into their brand new home, moving books and journals and setting up help-points and staff stations, to prepare for the library’s re-opening in mid-June.
Library manager Linda Mulheron said today was an exciting milestone for her team.
“We’ve been working up to this day for a long time now. It’s very exciting for us to be able to move back into our beloved library,” she said.
“Once all the books and journals are set-up, the space will really come alive. I can’t wait until we can re-open it and others can see the new rooms and technology!"
Library staff have worked hard to reduce their physical collection and move more resources online.
An efficient technology solution is being rolled out so that 'roaming librarians' can support students and staff in education, training and research wherever they are, with access to the library’s vast electronic collection at their fingertips.
WSLHD research and education network operations director Helene Abouyanni said the district’s partnership with the University of Sydney has been instrumental in getting to this point.
“The Westmead Hospital library team and the University of Sydney library team have worked in partnership throughout this entire process to reach a design and outcome for the new library that is functional, flexible and inspiring,” she said.
“Today, we can see that collaboration has paid off; and it doesn’t stop there.
“Our team will continue to work with the university to achieve our goal of empowering clinicians, students, patients and carers to be part of world-class quality healthcare.”
Chief operating officer of the University of Sydney at Westmead, Kate O’Sullivan said: "the efficiency and quality with which this project has been achieved by everyone involved - including builders, designers, the library staff themselves and many other groups - is a brilliant example of the collaborative atmosphere here at Westmead.
"It's been inspiring to see so many different professionals from different organisations work together to accomplish a shared goal, and bodes well for the future of collaboration at the precinct."
For the next few weeks, the library team will be busy completing commissioning and operational readiness activities. These include a series of training and orientation workshops to ensure staff are ready to work in a new physical space, and in a new way.
Library staff are adopting activity-based working (ABW). ABW is changing the way people work. Rather than having a set desk where you do all your activities, ABW allows you to choose the type of space you need, based on the work you’re doing.
For library staff, ABW means they can spend less time on transactional tasks, and more time assisting staff and students with education, training and research.
Deputy library manager Bernadette Nicholl said: “we have the space, but now it’s up to us to make the most of it.
“There’s still a lot of work ahead until we can re-open, but we’re all excited and prepared for the challenge.”
The library is expected to re-open in mid-June. It can be used by all WSLHD and University of Sydney staff, students and visitors participating in education, training and research activities.
Watch this space for more information about using the new library.
Click here for more information about the library's refurbishment.
Click here for frequently asked questions about services available while the library is temporarily closed.