This is the third in a series of posts, each offering quick explanations of ten different library terms which it will help you to know. The first in the series can be found here, and the second, here. Clicking on the name of most entries will bring you to a map of its floor in the library, or the Temple campus.
Paley Media Services desk. Photo credit: Paley Library
1. Think Tank — if you make an appointment with one of our specialist librarians, they may suggest that you meet in the Think Tank. It’s a small office intended for discussions and consultations on the west side of the main floor of Paley, just to the right as you enter the corridor leading to Tuttleman.
2. Media Services Desk — all of Paley’s non-streaming videos are at the Media Services Desk (at right), which is down in the ground floor (or basement) of Paley. It also offers rooms you can reserve with equipment for watching those videos.
3. News Lounge — This is not actually a room at all, despite appearances. It’s the area directly under the televisions on the west side of the main floor of Paley, where we keep the most popular magazines, newspapers and our collection of board games.
4. Lecture Hall — This is where we hold many events and sometimes host speakers, as the name suggests. It’s on the ground floor, or basement, of Paley, directly ahead of you as you reach the bottom of the stairwell.
5. Leisure Reading — Paley offers new and popular fiction and nonfiction in the Leisure Reading section. It’s the area of low bookcases just to your left just after you enter Paley from the Polett Walk entrance.
6. Self-checkout — We have two places with electronic kiosks where you can check books out yourself. One is on the main floor of Paley to the right of the stairwell entrance, opposite the Reference Desk. The other is on the quiet side of the third floor.
7. Tuttleman Computer Center — This is a general student computer lab in a large glass-walled room in Tuttleman, the building that Paley is connected to by that long corridor. Go down the long corridor to the Circulation Desk and turn left. It offers breakout rooms.
8. Mezzanine — This is the sort of balcony-like area that overlooks the main floor of Paley. This is where you can find Room 130, which is where many of our library instruction sessions, such as those for English 802, 812 and 902 occur. Our administrative offices, where you could get information about applying for a student job at Paley, are also located here.
The Blockson Collection. Photo credit: Paley Library
9. Blockson Collection (pdf map) — The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection (at left) is the chief repository at Temple of Americana related to African-Americans, with over half a million items. It’s on the first floor of Sullivan Hall, a block away from Paley at 1330 Polett Walk. Its usual hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays only.
10. Digital Scholarship Center — The Digital Scholarship Center is located in the basement floor of Paley Library. It’s a place with a lot of technical equipment and software, intended for you to work on “research and technology; digital humanities, digital arts, gaming, making, big data and others”, and staffed by people with experience in these areas. More detailed information can be found in the posts on its blog.