Monday, October 20, 2014

Noise in the Information Commons

We've gotten two comments recently about noise levels in the information commons. No images and a little editing this time so that comments remain anonymous:

"The Ath (mainly Info Comms) is so loud always."

"The Library (specifically Info Comms) had turned into social hour. It is ridiculous! I used to work in the Ath ... but now ... I absolutely cannot be in here. People save computers & leave for extended periods of time. There simply aren't enough to do that."

The staff appreciate your comments and would like to share the following thoughts: 
"The Library Information Commons serves many purposes on campus, and one of those purposes is as a social space. This definition of an Information Common may help to clarify: 'a place that has a serious learning function, supported by information and technology resources, but in a setting that can be noisier than the rest of the library and readily accepts group activities.' We tolerate a certain level of group interaction and noise. However, if the noise becomes excessive, please speak to the offending group or approach a staff member who may intervene on your behalf. Another option is to move to one of our Quiet Study Floors (2nd or 4th floor stack areas)." - Pamela Flinton, Associate Librarian for Research & User Services

Friday, October 17, 2014

Late-night snacks

Another comment via one of our comment cards:

Don't forget that Alice's is open until 2 am many evenings (mornings?), and there is a microwave available next to Alice's to heat water for the tea of your choice. While food and drink are allowed in the library, we do ask that you use a covered container for your beverages. This prevents spills - and wasting tea! - Elizabeth De Coster, User Services Librarian

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ethernet Ports

This comment came to us recently, regarding working Ethernet ports in the library.

We spoke with CTLT and have the following information:

"We don’t encourage use of the Ethernet ports because of security issues with external machines on the Ethernet network. The wireless network across campus is currently being updated and should be completed by the end of October. You might have witnessed the running of new cabling in the Info Commons last week? With this update we expect reliability of the WIFI to be noticeably increased.  If you have difficulty in  particular areas please let IT know."
- Pamela Flinton, Associate Librarian for Research & User Services