So, here is my tale of woe.
My teaching duties are spread over several campuses. After a brief hiatus, I have returned to a campus where, with great fanfare, the faculty offices were recently moved to a newly-remodeled area. In my absence, someone had helpfully packed up the books from the desk where I used to camp out and had placed the box next to the new desk where I can camp out. (Thanks, boxer-upper!) So far, so good.
The new office space is nice. Still cubicles, but good quality cubes with nice chairs.
Not a single damn bookshelf in sight. If I try to unpack my cardboard box of books, I will have no place to put them other than to scatter them all over my desk, leaving no room to work. Some pointy-headed administrative “decorator” apparently has decided that bookshelves with all those different-colored book spines ruins the feng shui, or something. Unfortunately, my area of hamster fur weaving requires a lot of reference material in printed form, and I've got no place to keep a few dozen books.
Down the hall somewhere, there is purported to be a locked cabinet where we can store the books we need. Yeah, that's convenient.
Q: Is this “bookless university” thing a trend? Or is it just my progressive institution?