Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is a small, private art and design college founded in 1909. PNCA is located in downtown Portland and hosts approximately 600 students in ten undergraduate programs and five graduate programs. In January 2015, the campus was moved from our old building — a converted warehouse — to the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, a former federal building located on Portland’s North Park Blocks in the heart of the city.

This move almost doubled the square footage of the library, affording us more space for our collection, three new study rooms, a reference desk, a built-in IT help desk, and more seating and workspace for our patrons. Like any new space, however, the Albert Solheim Library required many adjustments, both in our approach to access services and in the usage and layout of the space itself.

Author Biography

Linden How is a library assistant at the Pacific Northwest College of Art Albert Solheim Library in Portland, Oregon. She is currently pursuing her MLS through Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2013 and a BFA in Photography from The University of Montana in 2006.

Sara Bystrom is the Library Access Services Manager at Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has an MLS from Emporia State University and a BA in English from Portland State University. She likes to work in her garden, go camping, and relax in the sun.

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© 2016 Linden How & Sara Bystrom



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