Library Suggestion Box

During November 2011...

Unused Study Space & Outlets

Monday, November 28, 2011 9:52 pm

As I know that the staff is evaluating the placement of outlets in the ZSR, I thought I’d bring this area of the library to your attention. The 6th floor carrols by the windows on the Wilson Wing are a very popular study place for students. The only problem is that only two of the four clusters of carrols have outlets, so no one uses the areas/seats that do not have them. It’s sad that a perfectly good study space goes unused just because there is not an outlet there. I know the ZSR administration is working hard to examine the library to figure out what works and what does not, and that is hard to accommodate everyone. I just thought I’d bring it to your attention. We students appreciate all of your efforts!

Thank you so much for your suggestion and for your kind words. We wish we could make all the building improvements we need at once, but we are trying to do them as we can afford them. Good luck with exams!

Phones and Study Areas

Thursday, November 17, 2011 11:44 pm

Would it be possible to put a sign in the center (sprial) stairwell by the Ammons room and the Art room asking students to not use their phones/talk there? I think a lot of students go to these landings assuming that they are getting away from quiet study spaces, like gov docs or the history room, when really, they’re shouting right into another study lounge. Thank you!

Thank you for your concern. In an effort to keep cell phone conversations out of study areas, we have directed students to go to stairwell lobbies, so in this case, the students are doing what we’ve asked them to do. On the other hand, loud conversations are not appropriate anywhere in the library. We will consider signage that asks people to keep their conversations quiet in an effort to balance all interests.

Power in the Atrium

Friday, November 11, 2011 8:58 pm

I’ve noticed that a lot of people who study in the the main atrium (3 story room w/ tables) use computers. The inconvenient floor plugs are few in number (requiring power cord rental) and awkward to access. I recommend installing power strips on each table (leg, edge, underneath, etc) that could then be plugged into the floor. And if the room needed to be cleared, the tables could simply be unplugged and moved.

Thank you for your suggestion. We understand that electrical power is not adequate in the atrium or most other places in the library. We are collecting data from students and hope to have a renovation project in the atrium as soon as next summer. I will pass along your suggestion to our building managers to see if it could work.

Lynn Sutton, Dean.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011 9:20 pm

some people do not realize that the 7th floor is a quiet floor. please put up signs

We put up 9 signs last week!

Puzzles from the Library

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 9:31 pm

I suggest that students should be able to borrow puzzles from the library.

That is an intriguing idea and we thought about it hard. We are going to decline at this point because it would be difficult to check for all the pieces when they came back. And we thought about having a community puzzle during Wake the Library/exams, but it would take up a whole table and students are already complaining about the lack of tables/seats, so we will pass for now but keep it in mind. Thanks for the idea!

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