Ladd Library

George and Helen Ladd Library (1973-present)

Read an introductory essay about the Ladd Library building and its history.

1973-74 The George and Helen Ladd Library is completed, though the basement floor remains unfinished and is used only for storage.
1975-76 Joseph Derbyshire is hired as Librarian. An inventory of the library’s collections, the first in 30 years, is completed. Total number books in collection 154,542. Advisory Committee on Periodicals is created. Bates joins OCLC.
1976-77 Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby libraries agree to extend over-counter borrowing to all faculty and students of the three colleges during the 1977-78 academic year. The three colleges explore the possibility of creating an on-line union catalog of holdings in cooperation with NELINET.
1979-80 Library Committee submits plans for the completion of the Ladd Library. Maine Conference on AACR2 held at Bates. Re-classification project comes to an “official” end with 90% of Dewey titles re-classified.
1980-81 Construction for completion of the library ground floor begins.
1982-83 The ground floor expansion of the library provides 40% more space for materials and 40% more seating capacity. The expansion also creates a new Audio department, a microform reading area, a typing room, a staff meeting room, a serials and binding area near the refurbished Coram stack levels, and open stack access to government documents. Current periodicals are moved to the ground floor. The old staff room becomes a conference room and re-named the Mabel Eaton Room.
1982-83 3m security system is installed. The Special Collections is created and moves into old Audio space on the 2nd floor. Librarian reports for the first time a count of separate collections in the library: 202,183 volumes, 921 Dewey classification, 73,940 bound periodical volumes, 131,181 government publications, 7,336 sound recordings, 7,336 volumes in Special Collections. Library acquires Berent Collection.
1983-84 100,741 cards are filed in the main Card catalog. Strong recommendations are made for converting to an on-line catalog.
1985-86 Circulation exceeds 90,000 for first time (96,168); an additional 19,815 sound or video recordings are circulated from Audio. Database searching is extended to students for the first time with careful screening of users. Reference staff perform 68 on-line database searches for 26 faculty and 37 students. In addition to DIALOG, the library extends its access to Wilsonline and VUTex. Library begins collecting works of music on compact disc – six compact disc players replace reel-to-reel players. Librarians at Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby formerly request their administrations to fund a joint integrated automated library system.
1987-88 Muskie Archives ends eight year association with Ladd Library. Librarians at Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin settle on Innovative Interfaces Inc., for automated system. Paula Matthews is appointed Assistant Librarian. Library is filled to 88% capacity.
1988-89 The collection has grown to 535,175 classified volumes, government documents, and bound periodicals. An automated Services Librarian is hired and a phased program implementation of automated system is begun. Installation of acquisitions -serials system is made on schedule. Librarian includes separate fund reports for first time.
1989-90 Library completes first full year with on-line acquisitions module for Acquisitions department. Ad-hoc committee to support library automation project is formed. New wiring is installed and test database of Bates on-line catalog is up and running. A steam pipe bursts in periodical stacks damaging over 100 bound volumes of periodicals. Cataloging barcodes the library collection. 100,350 cards are added to the card catalog – the last year this will need to be done. Serials Department is formed as part of reorganization of Technical Services.
1990-91 The On-line Public Access Catalog goes up. Card catalog is removed. Retrospective Conversion 99% complete.
1991-92 First year with a fully operational on-line library system. Automated Services librarian is appointed to the Computing Council, thereby taking first step to greater integration between library and computer services. Compact shelving on ground floor installed. All-night study area is closed.
1992-93 Expanded Academic Index is made available on-line.
1993-94 Joseph Derbyshire retires. Paula Matthews is appointed acting Librarian. All staff become salaried employees. Library is now open until 1 am during the week; 10:00 pm on Saturdays. There are 585,041 volumes in the library.
1994-95 Eugene Wiemers is appointed Librarian of the College. Work begins on long-range building plans. Smoking is banned in the library. Librarian joins the Information Services Management Team. ILL now accounts for 6% of circulation to Bates users. There are seven electronic databases available for researchers.
1995-96 Renovation of the library building gets support of the College to begin first phase over the summer. Collection liaison program completes first year. Revised serials budget to be divided by subject. LADD computer upgraded. First library homepage is up and running. All technical services staff move from ‘dumb’ terminals to MAC or PC workstations.
1996-97 During the summer, the main floor of the library is renovated. This is the first of three phases of library renovations. Main floor operations are relocated temporarily to spaces on other floors. Planning begins for CBB libraries to introduce enhancements to Innovative software. Reference expands hours to include Sunday afterNoons. Staff Implements the use of e-mail for overdue notices, recalls, fines, and bills.
1997-98 Staff focuses on using WEB to improve access and services and to make transition to electronic collection. Administrative Group formed. Circulation explores electronic reserves. Full cataloging of government documents is improved through Marcive. Staff begins to catalog electronic journals. Goals review implemented.
1998-99 Library is closed from end of May through the end of August for the second phase of renovations. The ground and third floors are completely renovated. The photocopy rooms and periodicals collections on the main floor are reconfigured. The Librarian reports: “Sprinklers, fire alarms, and smoke detectors are installed covering every square foot of the building. About a football field’s worth of new carpet was installed, along with miles and miles of power and data cable.” Staff packed, moved, stored, and re-shelved 250,000 volumes (approx 124 tons). Through the Mellon grant staff implemented the CBB virtual catalog, allowing users to find and request materials from all three college libraries. A new Library web-site is created.
1999-2000  to be continued …


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