Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Reading Student Blogs
I read about a dozen student blogs. I learn about their lives; I get a good picture of when the semester is crazy and they are feeling swamped. They write about their love lives, which seem to have changed little in the past 30 years...And quite by accident, one of the blogs is written a student who works in the library. It feels a little bit voyeuristic and I'm not entirely comfortable doing it. BUT... I can't stop myself. She wrote the *sweetest* post when she promoted to circulation supervisor -- honestly, it made my day. I guess that's justification enough.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Why is so hard to just find Nature???
I've helped the same graduate student twice this week find the journal Nature. Of course finding it in the OPAC is a well documented, living nightmare. I'd forgotten that it's even hard to find in the list of electronic journals. I know it's Nature (London) - but she sure didn't! Who would know to look under that title except someone who works in the library? Sigh.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
What are we most proud of
It's spring and academic librarians are writing annual evaluations. Sigh. I would hate to think how many of these I have written over the years - TOO MANY. At our department meeting we each named the one thing we were most proud of last year. I'm always fascinated by this exercise. Sometimes, I know exactly what people are going to say and other times, it's a total surprise. People's major accomplishments were wide ranging, including:
Four major shifting projects
Two new instruction sessions
Review of and improvement of signage
Hiring and training new students
Extensive reference work that led to acknowledgment in a faculty paper
Working with faculty to purchase new serial titles
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Sharing pictures on Facebook and Flickr
1. I had one of our circ students, Sarah, take pictures at our study break.
2. I posted them on flickr for staff. It was much easier than putting them in a power point slide.
3. I posted them with 365 libraries group.
4. Then I posted all the pictures with students to my facebook account as well as to the Carlson Library group.
5. Sarah tagged all the student pictures for me.
6. I got a facebook message from at least one of the students tagged in the picture.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Lots of laptops during exam week
When we interviewed students a year ago, we found that very few of them brought their laptops to the library. It's exam period now, and almost every table of students has at least one laptop. In fact, I walked by a table with four students, and four laptops. They have even started to plug in their laptops at the same table with the library computers. I think I understand what's different - they bring their laptops to the library during *exam* week, because they don't have classes all day. Ah so!
Friday, May 11, 2007
If it's free, they'll take it
I honestly think students will take anything we put out if it's free.
empty boxes (yes, just empty boxes) - gone
discarded books - gone
superseded maps - gone (they even ASK when we're going to put out more...)
boxes of miscellaneous cables and wires - gone
old posters - gone
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Update: White Boards on Wheels
No one used them initially, but now the white boards on wheels have taken off. Not only are groups of students writing the *white* boards, they are using the boards themselves to create a little private spaces. Phew. We were right after all!
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
O.k. We are now officially a full, service library. We have Kleenex, we hand sanitizer, we have white boards on wheels, we have laptop locks, we have coffee, and now, we have extension cords!
Monday, May 07, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
The best part of my day - Wegmans
What a horrible day I had yesterday. I should have predicted it -whenever I have big blocks of unscheduled time AND have big plans to finish a project, the day falls all to hell. I spent several hours editing two separate documents, only to discover that in both cases, I was not working off of the latest version. Grrrrrrr. The phone rang off the hook with - well I guess I probably shouldn't go there. But suffice it to say, many issues were brought to me that did NOT need immediate attention.... Oh yeah and I accidentally submitted a correction form and marked it **urgent**, when it wasn't at all. And even worse, I have a bad feeling that I got the problem wrong all together sigh. The only redeeming thing about the day was that I went to Wegmans after work and got to eat a bunch of free food. Though even there, I managed to knock down a display of ttravel cups not just once, but twice! Hopefully today will be a better day.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Checking Out Laptop Locks
Circulation so far this year for laptop locks. This is a lot for a science library on the "other side" of campus.
LOCK 1: 144