Friday, November 30, 2007

Friday afternoons in the library

Friday afternoons are very festive in the library this semester. I don't seem to remember that they were always this way. The library is filled with students working in big groups, studying by themselves, writing papers on the computers, scrawling formulas on the white boards, etc. The place just buzzes with good energy. I have always had a theory that the circulation desk sets the tone for the entire library. This is a picture of two of our circ students happily cutting snow flakes together. Case closed.

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Library in Gleason Library

The new Gleason Library is a huge success. Students love it. Though because there are no books and no desk, how to insert "library" into the space is an interesting challenge. Judi and the other reference librarians have made a point of meeting with students in the space. So every time they have an appointment, they go to Gleason Library. I think it's a great idea and a way to insert librarians into the space every day.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

We're Big on the Little Things

We're big on the little things in the Science Libraries. One of Pat's ideas that has been a resounding success,was to put out bottles of hand sanitizer. Frankly I thought it was kind of nutty, but I learned a long time ago that I'm not very good at predicting what will and won't work. Students love it. Pat even had a faculty member thank her for it last week. Who knew?

Thursday, November 08, 2007

It's Important to See and Be Seen

I was talking to some of our circ students last night who were RAVING about the new Gleason Library. The space is pretty much one big open room with floor to ceiling windows at one end. One of the reasons they like it so much (this is after less than one week of use!...) is that "people can see you" and "you can see your friends".

I had never thought of that as an important consideration.

They then
proceeded to tell that of course, that was part of the reason that people liked to study at Carlson library -- you can see your friends thought the glass windows as they come up and down the glass staircase. I knew the windows gave the library an open, airy feel. I had never considered that the reason it appealed to students was that they could see their friends through the windows.

It's important to see and be seen.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

You found *what* in the stacks?

I forwarded this very funny blog post entitled "amazing things found in the stacks" to my staff. And much to my amazement, it turns out that we too have found some pretty amazing things in OUR stacks over the years.
  1. one pair of boxer shorts
  2. on vodka bottle (empty)
  3. several small cartons of milk (spoiled)
Who knew??

Saturday, November 03, 2007

"This is the New Facebook"

After the dedication of the Gleason Library last night, Lorraine stayed around and watched what happened when the space was open to students. She typed up their comments which are just dreamy.

Some initial reactions:
  • "Sweet!" (An exclamation by a student as he reached the top of the stairs, followed immediately by a cell phone call to a friend.)
  • Students liked the colors, and the art. (Very excited to find out that art will rotate.)
  • Some girls tried out every type of furniture in the room, and liked it all. One girl's favorite was the padded stools.
  • Many students are enjoying the cup holders and writing tables on the chairs.
  • The TV's were of great interest (until someone interrupted the feed).
  • Students are moving the furniture already to suit themselves (eg: comfy chairs pulled up to the PC's)
  • Students are already using the studio rooms (the ones I spoke to were studying for the GRE's tomorrow)
  • An amateur film maker went nuts over the theatre room and declared his intention to "camp out" there.
  • Looking in the windows from the outside is already bringing people into the space.
  • Some students brought dinner in for themselves and ate at a table by the window.
  • 13 laptops and 5 PC workstations being used at 8:25 pm
  • Many, many, many questions about "how long this room will be open?" All are thrilled to find out that the space will not close when the IT Center does.
  • "Oh my god, this is a whiteboard?!" "This is so awesome!"
  • Don's student: "This is where we used to do the pasting? I'm actually excited to study!"
  • There are people using the benches in the landing.
  • There is already someone asleep on bench couches outside Studio B (which speak to the management of noise in here. There is a ton of activity right now, but there is only a gentle buzz in the room.)

Basically, every area of the room is being used in some way.

Some notes left on the white boards:
  • This is awesome! I think I may live here
  • I love Gleason. Love. Really love. (<--she's serious)
  • All it needs is coffee. Nevermind. (The "nevermind" was added when I told her that there would be coffee on level G)
  • I love the colors.
  • This is really awesome! The new hotspot on campus
  • This is so cool!
  • This is the new facebook

Thursday, November 01, 2007

I think a man designed this

This is the sink in the women's bathroom of the new Gleason Library. At first I thought "yeah". The gunky pink soap will go directly into the sink rather than on the counter like it does in all the other bathrooms. Then I thought, "wait a minute". Where am I going to put my purse when I'm washing my hands? Or my toothbrush? Or my book (this is a library after all). Hmmmm. No counter, only sink. I have a feeling that a man designed this sink.

A Day to Just be Silly

I dressed up for Halloween as a piece of candy corn. It was handmade and dorky. Students laughed and gave me the thumbs up. One of my class of 2011 friends (I've never met her) saw me in the stacks and we had a little exchange on facebook about it. (How can you miss a woman in a bun dressed as a candy corn?...) The mail guy and the janitor were nearly speechless when they saw me at the reference desk. It was a huge success. I had fun. They had fun. I think we all need more fun.