Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
- Pick up item at my circ desk
- Get checked out/overdue item for me
- Put on reserve for my course
- Request a pdf of article or chapter
- Email a pdf of this microform
I can see that each choice is different. I realize that there are probably at least five different back room processes for each of these choices, but do users really need to know about them? Haven't we learned anything from google? One box please.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Reasons Why We Are Better Than Rush Rhees:
- We have Trina
- Carlson has coffee and tea
- Overall super awesome staff of epic proportions
- We have Ferdous (Super TA) & 2 human calculators
- We have earplugs
- We have Sony headphones and real calculators and Rush Rhees has 99 cent headphones and calculators
- We have a glass staircase
- We have better bathrooms
- We are not attached to Gleason
- We have study rooms
- Carlson is fireproof
- We have good lighting
- We have a combine 8,000,000,000 credit hours worth of science knowledge
- You can't get lost in Carlson
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
We offered a new activity for freshman orientation this year -- a session for kid's day (activities for the younger brothers and sisters of freshman). Kids signed up to make a shield in the Robbins Library, a medieval special collection in Rush Rhees Library. Of course it was fantastic thanks to Alan, Barbara, Rosemary, and Nora. Barbara cut shields out of heavy paper. The kids could draw or paste things on the shields. When they were done, Alan took their picture with the shield. The shields were fabulous. They were decorated with ballet shoes, cows, hatchets, and pink pompoms! It was a lot of work for us, but I bet it made a huge impression on those kids.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Good grief. What were we thinking? We had three events on the Tuesday of Orientation week. Helen and Eileen (with many volunteers) had a small book sale in the reference area. We used to have our major book sale before school started. The parking was ideal, but there were no students. Now we deliberately have more frequent, smaller sales while the students are on campus. It's fun.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
This is the third year we've had a parent's breakfast. If I do say so myself, it was the best year yet. I'm not sure exactly what the difference was, but librarians and parents were deep in conversation for the entire hour. The first year was reminiscent of a high school dance - librarians and parents awkwardly standing in separate groups. This year, Susan wondered if she should even interrupt and give her welcome. My initial advisor training left me feeling completely overwhelmed and unprepared for the task. Ha ha! It turns out, I did learn something and was able to answer all kinds of questions from parents about classes, withdrawal, writing requirements, etc. Very satisfying! The librarian in the picture is Stephanie, head of the Art and Music Library. One of her students came up with the original idea for our t-shirt. Marc translated the idea into the actual design. Very sharp.
Day one of freshman orientation. Students and their parents have to sit in their cars waiting to move into the dorms. While they're waiting, they have a big bag of information to look through. We always include a handout with a piece of candy taped to it (so ours stands out from all the other paper...) This year the theme for orientation was board games. Our invitation to the parent's breakfast on Tuesday had a candy land theme. On the other side of the handout Lisa made a presidential jeopardy game. They can call the reference desk and enter a contest to win a flash drive. We don't get a lot of calls, but we hope they see the invitation and maybe the game helps pass the time for those trapped in the car.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Last week was a shocking one for Cynthia. She learned about the fall out shelter, pornography, and last, but not least, book cart drill teams. There are two camps. Those who think the book cart drill teams are silly (Susan and Stanley). Those who think the book cart drill teams are FABULOUS and go out of their way to watch the competition at ALA (Katie). I wonder which camp Cynthia will fall into?!
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
- The Higher Power of Lucky - Sweet story with a happy ending. My favorite kind.
- Criss Cross - Hmmmmm. Read it twice and appreciated it more the second time.
- The Tale of Despereaux - Started very strong, but petered out...
- Holes - very scary. I had to keep telling myself it was only a book.
- Maniac Magee - My first Spineli book. No wonder kids love him.
- Sarah, Plain and Tall - The words in this book are beautiful.
- The Westing Game - This is a fantastic book. Of course I couldn't figure out the mystery.
- Bridge to Terabithia - Oh boy, I didn't see THAT coming.
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Loved this book!!! What a surprising plot line.
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - Another great one.
- A Wrinkle in Time - Can you believe I had never read this book before? Fantastic.
- Onion John - Sweet and sad at the same time.
- The Twenty-One Balloons - Liked the premise, but found the book a little boring.
- Caddie Woodlawn - I remembered liking this book as a kid and it held up after all these years.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Oh this was great. I went to Tod's Point Beach for my family reunion. There was a lending library of paper back books by the concession stands. Sweet. I borrowed a book and read it for a few hours. Great idea Perrot Memorial Library.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Multi-plug power strip
External hard drive
USB flash drive
I highlighted the items that didn't even EXIST when I was a freshman. I was very popular on my floor because I owned a popcorn popper - yes - I went to college before there were even *microwaves*!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
But today there was a message that made me smile and smile. It was from a young woman who thanked everyone on the list for help getting a position. She said,
"I'm so happy to be in an academic library that I hardly know what to do. "
She's right. I have a great job. I am lucky.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
I have a big long list of accomplishments for Stephanie:
Stephanie has been an Art Librarian since 1973;
she currently manages the Art/Music Library ;
for many years she was also in charge of the Multimedia Center in Rush Rhees Library;
she managed the Library at the Memorial Art Gallery for a ten years;
she was a member of the College Teaching, Learning, Technology Roundtable;
she is also a long-standing member of the Friends of the University of Rochester Libraries Executive Committee;
she has been very active in the planning of the annual Book Sale and Holiday Reading;
Stephanie is a member of the Art Libraries Society of North America;
she has written articles and given presentations at national meetings;
she created an annual student art prize on the River Campus;
she is a member of the Gleason Library Art Committee;
and she has served on zillions of library committees over the years
But the list doesn’t really tell you why we chose Stephanie for this award.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
She and Delores observe that "more professors use multiple textbooks and are not expecting their students to buy the books. Instead they are putting them on reserve and using a chapter or two from several books."
Our statistics may also be "affected by the number of unusual items we have on reserve – lamps, locks, headphones, etc. And those all have high circulation. "
Wow. As Trina observed, "it feels like the old days".
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
What: young woman on her cell phone clearly answering interview questions (job? graduate school?)
The point here is that I would never ever do this. I separate my work (interview) and personal (talking on a cell phone in a public space). Undergraduates don't, or don't to the same degree that I do.
Friday, April 18, 2008
- The library is the "center of campus"
- The library has "tons and tons of material"
- She (the tour guide) loves studying in the periodical reading room, though it gets crowded. (Really? I wonder when that is?)
- You can eat in the library.
- She knew about the senior thesis exhibits in the Art and Music Library.
- Multi media library is a "mini-blockbuster".
- The pit is very popular in part because you can buy food there and take it to the library.
- Not a single mention of reference, reserve, or even circulation.
Other miscellaneous statements:
- The tunnels are "awesome". (Of course I beg to differ)
- The buses are "really great". Really???
- The University has pledged to buy only local food for the dining halls. (?!)
- One of the mothers asked if the showers were open 24X7. ???!
- Tour leader didn't have a clue as the significance of the dandelion .
- She mispronounced Louvre, as in THE Louvre.....
- We have a tanning salon on campus. Who knew?
- Lots of questions from mothers about what hours the dining halls are open. What was that about?
Friday, April 11, 2008
works at Carlson Library - Phuong (Lucy) Tran. We are sooooo proud! I don't think a student worker from the library has ever won this award. In fact we almost didn't submit the nomination we were so sure one of our students could never win. Here are few quotes from her nomination letter:
"She is a delight to work with and represents perfectly the highest standard of service we strive to provide in Carlson. "
"Lucy not only is an asset to large scale projects, she shines performing everyday tasks with a strong commitment to the library and a recognition that all of the small tasks are necessary for the library to succeed, allowing her to achieve a high level of excellence as a work study student. "
"Lucy approaches all tasks with enthusiasm and excellence. She puts herself into everything she does from the mundane to the complex. "
"Another student commented..., “who is that girl at the desk who always smiles and is so helpful to me?” Again it was Lucy."
We have very mixed emotions about Lucy graduating this May. Of course we're excited for her. She has worked hard and has been accepted into Pharmacy School for the fall. This summer she is taking a long deserved vacation home to Vietnam. But darn it - we're just going to miss her like crazy.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
1. You have to pay to get articles through InterLibrary Loan. Ouch!
2. You can't recall books. What?
3. And one patron didn't know how to find articles you "don't need to pay for". Turns out they were searching via the web (not Google) and didn’t know about our databases page.
Happily all were thrilled to find out that we do not charge for ILL, do subscribe to online journals and do allow books to be recalled. Maybe we shouldn't worry so much about getting the word out about the NEW services we offer, but go back and review the basics....
Saturday, April 05, 2008
1. Many are having a hard time deciding which school to attend. At least two high school seniors were accepted by 11 schools!!!
Got into 11, grararrrr
I’m really confused
I’m really undecided
It’s so overwhelming
Difficult decision time
I have no idea what I’m going to do
I’m VERY confused
It’s driving me nuts
2. Financial aid is a big factor in their decision.
“U of R has been my first choice but I really didn’t get enough financial aid”
“I guess we’ll see when my financial aid comes…”
“The decision pretty much comes down to financial”
But of course, you can never make a blanket statement about students – sometimes financial aid does not seem to be the deal breaker.
“XX offered me a really nice aid package, but I think I like UR more”
3. A few mentioned academic program, i.e. that UR has programs they want – premed, political science , Bio, BCS
4. Quite a number are concerned about the CITY of Rochester, especially those who currently live in a big city. They worry that “Rochester the city isn’t gonna do it for” them.
5. Who are the current UR students who respond to these posts? RA's maybe?
Friday, April 04, 2008
When I look for the online version of Cell in our catalog (journal title), it's entry number 30.
Searching for Scientific American online by title -- number 76.
Philosophy (online) is entry number SIX HUNDRED AND FORTY ONE. (search by journal title)
I don't care about the cataloging rules. I don't care about the serials solutions load. I don't care. All I know is that people choose google and Amazon over the library catalog for good reason -- it's almost impossible to find things in our OPAC.
I gave a talk about how difficult it was to find PRINT serials in the OPAC at ALA in Miami in 1994 - almost fifteen years ago. I feel like I'm in clip from "Ground Hog Day".... The journals are online, but it's still just as hard to find them in the catalog.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Eileen and I are in Gleason Library on our first afternoon of "mobile Rush Rhees". Eileen selected some books from the popular reading collection and we put them on a book truck and we're in business. w00t! We brought a laptop and a scanner but the two wouldn't plug together, so we're using the low tech approach; we're writing down names and titles. So far we've had four people check out books - not bad for our first try. Eileen can go into sales if this librarian thing doesn't pan out.
P.S. We really stole this idea from MIT - a library with many great ideas!
P.P.S. Eastman student, Gregory, suggested the name "mobile Rush Rhees".
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
- The young woman lying on the couch in Carlson totally engrossed in reading "The Double Helix"
- The young man trying to fit in the last, few all black pieces in the Mona Lisa puzzle
- The optics graduate students playing the piano for a concert in the lobby of the BME building.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
1. It took Alison and me over an hour to figure out how to actually ORDER a book through GOBI.
2. Oh yeah, you need to double check the catalog so you don't order a title we already own. Sigh.
3. Those rascally book series are going to be the death of me. By the time I remembered I had to search the series title, well, I'll probably end up with some dupes unless the people in acquisitions catch my goof ups.
And this is just the easy part, the book selection. By my accounts there are between 4 and 6 places to pull serial information from. That's definitely for another day.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
Raphael worked for the housekeeping department and was assigned to the first floor of Carlson Library. He has been at the University for 30 years. I don't think any students or faculty knew him. He didn't select books or teach classes or work on the reference desk. Yet, the work he did was vitally important to create an environment that students and faculty find attractive and comfortable. Without that, the rest of it really doesn't matter much. We will miss him. A lot.