It’s sort of hard to believe that the medical school has been up and running for 6 years now. Where did all the time go? When our library first opened back in 2009, documenting our experiences via social media was the furthest thought from our mind. Now’s a good a time as any to take a look back into the past!
Before the Medical Education building opened in Lake Nona, the Health Sciences Library and the College of Medicine operated out of University Tower, an office building in UCF’s Research Park near Main Campus. Our library was in a much smaller space back then. We also had a smaller staff at the time as well, with a few faces you may not recognize (and some that you might!).
We were starting completely from scratch! Luckily, our new director, Nadine Dexter, brought a lot of experience in creating a brand new library with her from the Charlotte Edwards Maguire Library in Tallahassee. When Florida State University opened their medical school in 2001, she was instrumental in getting the Maguire Library up and running as well. Under her direction, our staff worked really closely with the founding faculty to lay the groundwork for our collection of library books. The majority of the books currently on the shelves of our library have been hand-picked by our faculty. It was important to have their input so we could create a collection that would be useful and relevant to the people who would be making use of it.
While the new Medical Education building was being built, our staff had a few opportunities to come by and check out the progress of our new bigger and better space.
It took a while, but finally our space looked more like the space you’re all familiar with now!
With our new library ready to go, we were really able to start working on ways to make the Health Sciences Library the welcoming space you all know. Having more space would allow us to think about planning events and opportunities to build relationships with our patrons. And iPads! We haven’t even reached that part of the story yet!
That’s all for this blast from the past. We’ll do some more throwback posts and tell more of our story another week; we hope you look forward to it!