First the news: Today the Library launches a new pilot food policy – eliminating the long-standing “No Food” rule. That policy has existed for as long as I’ve been here. And with a beautiful newly renovated space, there’s an understandable temptation to keep it unchanged. Coffee and pizza stains can make carpet and upholstery look pretty run down in a hurry.
But… why can’t we have a Library where everyone feels welcome, and more importantly, feels a shared ownership and pride in keeping it beautiful for the next generation? In fact, knowing this campus as I do after four years, I believe we can!
So we’re pilot testing this idea to determine whether it can work for our community. We’ll re-evaluate in the Spring. Help us meanwhile by being sure to respect the space:
- don’t bring in big messy meals
- use the cleaning supplies located on every floor
- let a staff member know if you see/make a spill
We have an amazingly hard-working (and friendly!) cleaning crew*. But they can’t do it all. But we also have an amazing group of students, staff and faculty and together we can’t miss!
*I’ll introduce them in an upcoming post.