Library Suggestion Box

Front Desk Conversations

Saturday, March 15, 2014 7:16 pm

Please instruct the people working at the front desk to keep their conversation in check. I am studying/watching video lectures today (Saturday, March 15, 3-7 pm) at a computer on 4th floor today (with headphones on) and for 2 hour have heard loud talking and laughing from people working at the front desk on Floor 2. Several people on this floor have looked down into the Atrium area to see what was going on and the reason for the commotion. I finally walked down stairs to see why, and it was a two young women and a library visitor laughing and joking around. I asked the circulation attendant to see if he could do something about it, and it subsided for about 20 minutes but then started again.I visit the library frequent ly and have never had this problem before. Will you please look into this? I’m sure these individuals want to enjoy their weekend, and so do I. However, I feel that this distraction is unnecessary and inappropriate in a library with such a large, echoing open area in the center of the study floors.Thanks for your help.

Thank you for letting us know.

High-Volume Printers

Saturday, February 23, 2013 9:49 am

The library needs high-volume printers that are meant to handle the large daily volume. The current printers are well beyond their intended daily capacity and frequently break or charge students for unprinted pages.

You are right. See my response to the previous comment. A new campus printer/copier contract is in the works.

Higher Quality Printer

Saturday, February 23, 2013 9:48 am

The library needs a higher quality printer that will relieve the stress of it breaking day after day

We agree. The university’s procurement department is leading the effort on a new printing campus printer/copier contract, so we should expect to see new equipment relatively soon.

New Subscription

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 9:32 pm

I’d to suggest looking into acquiring an institutional subscription with Le Monde Diplomatique. I’d imagine it’s fairly common at major universities (it was where I did my undergrad). Furthermore it’s an invaluable scholarly resource in regards to current events and contemporary political analysis. I’d love to discuss further. The website is here:

Thank you for your suggestion. Our funds for new subscriptions have been spent for this fiscal year, but we can consider it the next time we have additional funding.

Graduate Lounge Alarm

Monday, February 18, 2013 11:04 am

Instead of having an alarm for the Johnson Graduate Lounge (which disrupts the undergraduates studying when a foolish grad student walks throug h without using their keycard) what if the door were locked always unless you use a grad key card (like the dorms after hours). Just a suggestion!

Thank you for your suggestion. I know that the alarm is very LOUD! That door is a fire exit so we are limited with the ways that it can be handled. We cannot just leave it locked, so there has to be an alarm and a timing mechanism to provide egress. Thanks for the idea, though!

Eight Floor Rattling

Sunday, February 3, 2013 5:04 pm

There is a rattling noise in the corner of the 8th floor of the library by the elevator. Someone came to fix it last semester after I complained 3 times, but it has started up again.

We will call it in again. We are scheduled to replace the heating and cooling system on the 8th floor this summer, so hopefully that will be a mor e permanent fix.

New Book Drop

Monday, November 19, 2012 7:30 pm

Hi, I would like to suggest putting a book drop-off box on North Campus. It would make it easier to return books for the students who live there.

Thank you for your suggestion. It makes sense, especially with the new residence halls coming. We will put it on our wish list!

Your Recent Comment

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:50 am

Seriously put caps on teacher accounts–students don’t have access to those books for long periods of time because of the lack of limits. It’s excessive.

This answer comes from Mary Beth Lock, Director of Access Services:

While it may seem like it is unfair for faculty to have such long loan lengths (up to a year), they are a group of people who also have greater research needs than others in the University. Researchers who are working on a specific research project have needs that extend over years, and involve threading together disparate resources while they are writing treatises that look at knowledge a new way. But we also realize that many times, faculty might have materials checked out that would also help the undergraduate and graduate populations. In order to support those users the library offers two methods to provide equivalent access when an item is checked out. First, when one discovers something that is checked out, they have the ability to initiate a “recall” on the item, as long as the initial person that has checked out the item has had it for at least a month. (The “Hold/Recall” link is to the right of the record beneath the “Services” category of actions.) Second, when an item is checked out, any other individual looking for the same book can request it through Interlibrary Loan, where we will find it from another institution, and borrow it from them on behalf of the requestor.

I hope that one of these two methods help satisfy your need for already checked out material, and thank you for giving the opportunity to highlight some of our services!

More Outlets Follow-up

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 3:21 pm

In the first floor of the Wilson Wing, can you please put more outlets along the back wall where the desks and tables are located?

We will also put some power strips down on Wilson 1 as a temporary measure until we can install more outlets. Thanks for reminding us of the need!

More Outlets

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 10:00 am

In the first floor of the Wilson Wing, can you please put more outlets along the back wall where the desks and tables are located?

Thank you for the suggestion. We add electrical outlets as we can afford them. Hopefully, we will have some funds available for that purpose at the end of this year.

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