Wednesday, March 14, 2012
An afternoon among the stacks
<--- (Be jealous.)
One of my favorite things about being a journalist/writer is this: a lot of my meetings and interviews don't take place in my office. I get out.
That's why Monday afternoon found me sitting on the sixth floor of UT's Hodges Library meeting with the new dean and peppering him with questions about his priorities and such.
The Libraries is one of my coverage areas for the university and I couldn't be happier. I am a book nerd. The smell of books thrilled me down to my toes as I walked among the stacks. I was with familiar friends.
After leaving the dean with a notebook full of story ideas (stay tuned!), my communications counterpart at the library took me on a mini tour. The funny thing about this library is that yes, they have books (tons of them), but you'd have to walk a while (and up) to find them. The library powers-that-be have turned the first couple of floors into hang-out/study spaces/coffee bar/technology labs for students. It's quite appealing, actually.
(An aside: The Hodges Library has a special collections that may rival that of a small museum.)
I left the building that day with a resolve to return and explore and a cool t-shirt the dean had made for the library staff.