Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Love our new chairs!

Such a nice comment!  The dark blue chairs are not new, but the new upholstery sure makes them look that way.  Help us keep them nice - food and drink belong on your plate, in your stomach, or in a covered cup.  If you like them, tell us!  We hope to do more soon.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This came in earlier today...

"It is too hot in this library. It is physically a challenge to be functional here." 

We do apologize for the uncomfortable environment.  Believe me, my office is in the Information Commons and I feel it too.  Facilities was notified of the issue and the chillers seem to be working as of 2:45 pm today (4/11/17).  However, given the size of the building, it will take them awhile to be really effective. Meanwhile, your best bet for studying in the Athenaeum is to move away from the windows, find an interior space.  As we move from one season to the next, especially in this crazy weather we will experience odd days here in the Ath!

-- Pamela Flinton, Associate Librarian for Research & User Services

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Purchase Request

Towards the end of the semester we received a purchase request for an item we're adding to the collection.
The item, Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War by Robin Yassin-Kasab and Leila Al-Shami, has been ordered and will be available soon!

Thanks for the suggestion!
- Liz De Coster, User Services Librarian

Monday, March 21, 2016

Non-book Materials

A great suggestion came in to our email recently:

Have a blanket to check out. The Library can be drafty, and people like to be cozy :)

Thanks for the suggestion! We confess the Library temperatures can vary depending on how sunny it is outside, how many people are in the library, and how much oxygen the plants are exhaling. Some days it can be drafty and some days it can be quite warm. The suggestion to circulate a blanket is a creative idea, but not something we can manage right now. There are plenty of sunny nooks to keep you warm while you're studying in the daytime, and in the evenings the quiet floors (2nd and 4th) tend to be the warmest. Stay warm!

- Liz De Coster, User Services Librarian

Monday, March 14, 2016

School Visit

The Library had a lovely visit over the January term - students from Thomas Johnson Middle School were able to take a field trip to the Goucher College Library to work on research for their Maryland History Day scholarships. The two highlights appear to have been a 13th-century item from our Special Collections & Archives, and pizza!

We can't wait to hear how History Day goes for these researchers!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

2016 Julia Rogers Research Prizes

A small break from our normal programming here, to promote our 2016 Julia Rogers Research Prize competition. Submit your research work from the 2015 school year and be considered for cash prizes in honor of Julia Rogers' birthday. Questions and submission information are at

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Service Desk

We recently received a comment about rude and unprofessional behavior at our Service Desk in the Information Commons. The Library believes in and promotes all the Community Principles of Goucher College, including:
          •    Respect: We will treat everyone within our community with respect and learn from our differences. When conflicts arise, we will work together to come up with mutually beneficial resolutions. We also commit to respect and protect the environment on our campus and in the world.
          •    Responsibility: We understand that we are accountable for our own actions, opinions, and beliefs, and for ensuring that our actions are conducive to the safety and well-being of others.

Our student workers are trained in customer service practices and this type of comment is taken very seriously as it points to a possible lapse in judgement. Please know that we have investigated  this complaint and appropriate actions have been taken.