Drill, Baby, Drill...

The installation of the compact shelving array in the Paul Siegmund Room has begun! What a joy to hear the drills buzzing when I came in to work this morning! (It's not so good for the aural comfort of customers at the Beaufort Branch nor for the Library's administrative team, but it's very good for the health and preservation of the "Wonders of the BDC." Please be patient with us as we make progress.)

Construction is anticipated to last approximately 2 1/2 to 3 weeks. Once that's done and the roof work (a separate project that is as good for the BDC as it is for the rest of the Beaufort County Library functions that occur inside the 311 Scott Street Building) has been accepted by the County, then the BDC will close down to relocate the Research Room to the 2nd floor. Hurray!

I anticipate the move will take 2 to 4 weeks to be completed. Think of the current BDC's "SC Room" as a gold mine -- one never knows what unexpected treasures we'll uncover during the course of the relocation. If an item isn't already in the catalog or on one of our in-house inventories, we'll have to make a note of the item before taking it upstairs to its new digs. Of course, we're in Hurricane Season, so things may not go according to plan.

Please stay tuned to Connections for construction and moving schedule updates.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.