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March 5, 2007

Phase II Record Hall Re-org

by @ 10:56 am. Filed under Registry Ops

We have finalized plans for Phase II of the Upper Record Hall renovation. I have listed these changes in categorizes titled “Definitely or Probably” and have two categories to explain “what is happening now” and “the future”…Here’s the update:

Definitely…
The remaining metal record book cabinets and the final two research tables will be removed from the Upper Record Hall.

The “L” shaped metal shelf unit in the corner of the Upper Record Hall near the parking lot will NOT be removed, but the books will be.

The “Middlesex South” (1639-1855) record books and indexes will be relocated to this “L” shaped unit.

The large island in the Lower Record Hall holding books 4735-2771 will be removed. This space will be used for additional computers.

These books will be re-shelved around the perimeter of the Lower Record Hall and books 6932-4175 will actually be removed.

The latest book remaining on the shelf will be 4174.

At the end of Phase II books 10624 to 4174 will be removed…this is a total of 6,449 record books.

Probably…
Once the cabinets and tables in the Upper Record Hall are gone, the wall (it is actually a thin piece of paneling) which covers an original opening and separates our mail room from the record hall will be removed.

The copy department will be relocated to the present mail room.

WiFi (wireless Internet access) will be installed in the Upper and Lower Record Halls. This connection will be available for people who wish to connect to the Internet with their own laptops for research purposes.

What is happening now…
Toupin Rigging will be in the registry on Monday to give us a cost estimate for the removal of the final cabinets and final research tables.

The record books in the Upper Record Hall are being boxed and readied for removal.

The estimated time of completion for phase II is April 15.

The Future…

There are more changes planned. We will reveal them as soon as they are finalized.

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