Future of the Fine Arts Library

Fine Arts Library 5th Floor Renovation

Libraries Directors of Academic Engagement Catherine Hamer and Organizational Effectiveness Chris Carter provided stakeholders with a presentation of coming changes to the 5th floor on Friday, June 8, at the Fine Arts Library.

FAL 5th Floor Summer 2018 Refurbishment Presentation.pdf (06/11/18)

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Provost McInnis approved funding to completely refurbish the 5th floor. The following improvements are projected for completion by the launch of the Fall 2018 academic semester:

  • Improved WiFi access
  • New carpet throughout the floor
  • New furniture (tables, chairs, etc.)
  • More electrical outlets
  • Increased shelving capacity on the 5th floor
  • Reservable group study room.  

This page will be updated as work progresses.


Fine Arts Library (FAL) Advisory Council

Dean Dempster will appoint an advisory council composed of faculty and students to advise the Vice Provost and Director of Libraries on collections management, spaces, and staffing needs at the FAL, beginning in Fall 2018.  Holly Williams, Senior Associate Dean with COFA, and Catherine Hamer, Director of Academic Engagement with UTL, will co-chair the council.  Membership of the committee will be determined by Dean Dempster over the summer and will include undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty from each department in the college.

Check back for updates.


Decision Regarding 5th floor of the Fine Arts Library (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Two working groups were formed to explore and address the future of spaces in the Fine Arts Library in Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA).

The first, under the leadership of the UT Libraries, was asked to explore and evaluate the alternatives to having the Fine Arts collection on the fifth floor of DFA—in part or whole—and explore the drawbacks and advantages of those alternatives.

The second considered a) what facilities our new programs need and b) what spaces in the College of Fine Arts, throughout all our buildings and facilities in every department and school, could accommodate these expanding programs. All current spaces throughout the College of Fine Arts facilities are being considered, including the Doty Fine Arts Building.

UT Provost Maurie McInnis, following a review of the Fine Arts Library Task Force Report and recommendations by Dean Dempster and Vice Provost Lorraine Haricombe, accepted their recommendations for the future of the Fine Arts Library. 

Fine Arts Library Task Force Members

  • Wendy Martin, Assistant Director of Stewardship, UT Libraries (chair)
  • Christian Clark, Junior, Butler School of Music
  • Katie Pierce Meyer, Humanities Liaison Librarian for Architecture and Planning
  • Becca Pad, Humanities Liaison Librarian for Fine Arts
  • Stephen Page, Assistant Professor of Saxophone, Butler School of Music
  • Glenn Peers, Professor of Art History, Department of Art and Art History
  • Eric Vera, Graduate Student and Assistant Instructor, Theatre and Dance
  • Amber Welch, Head, Technology Enhanced Learning, UT Libraries

Related documents and statements

Response from UT Provost Maurie McInnis (4/6/8)

Report of the School of Design and Creative Technologies Space Planning Task Force (4/4/18)

Recommendations on the Fine Arts Library from Dean Dempster and Vice Provost Haricombe (4/4/18)

Report of the Fine Arts Library Task Force (4/2/18)

Read a memo to College of Fine Arts students from Dean Doug Dempster (3/9/18)

Read a statement on the Fine Arts Library by Vice Provost and Libraries' Director Lorraine Haricombe (3/9/18)

Dean Doug Dempster's memo to the Fine Arts Library Task Force (12/8/17)

Update re: the Fine Arts Library Task Force (12/8/17)

Read Dean Doug Dempster's statement on the Fine Arts Library

Read an FAQ about the Fine Arts Library


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