Borrower Data Base

Equipment reminders to circ staff members (including subs)!

This is a reminder to avoid making extensions on our equipment loans, including laptops. We need to keep the due dates as they are, so we can circulate these items to other patrons. Digital cameras, camcorders, laptops, and iPads are part of this inventory. Due dates need to be honored, so please do not change them.

We can certainly loan out the student Dell PCs and chargers for two weeks to students with laptop issues, such as  a crash, theft or a break.

We can also contact the Help Desk for specific media requests. They can loan out longer-term laptops for those who need that assistance.

Thank you for all of your work and for your attention to this topic.

New Equipment: Lighting Kit

We have a new lighting kit which includes 18 parts inside the case. The parts are numbered one through 18, making it easy to count them.

There is a lighting kit checklist form to the right of the lighting kit on the shelf in the wooden equipment cabinet. When you loan out the kit, you will take a checklist form, count the items with the borrowing patron, and then the patron will sign the form. The form will go inside the case.

When the kit is returned the following day (one-day loan period), the checklist form will be inside and the 18 parts will be counted and confirmed. The checklist form can be thrown out after the kit is checked in and cleared from the patron’s account. Please let me know if you have any questions.

New Equipment Arrives at Circ!

We are pleased to inform supervisors and student staff members that 12 near professional-grade hand-held camcorders (Canon Vixia R42 models) have been added to our inventory, as well as one additional very popular high-performance digital camera, the Canon Rebel T3i. The intent for the hand-held camcorders is to have a uniform supply, which simplifies loan use and instruction. We also have seven new Canon Power Shot Elph 100 cameras and Behringer headphones. There was a particular enthusiastic welcome to a  palm-sized Aaxa Pico LCD player.  Feedback so far on the Pico LCD has been A+, despite its less than perfect technical features to the larger models; it has been checked out since we added it last week, and reports are that DVDs screen just as vividly as on larger projectors.  Naturally, the ease of transporting cannot be over-emphasized.

These items were on our “wish list” back in the Spring, and we are so grateful to have them to loan out. We now have 12 LCDs (10 at Davis and 2 at Armstrong), yet we still had an empty LCD shelf Wednesday night, the last night of break. It was movie night for plenty of students!

The new headphones have also had excellent reviews from the students.

We are trying to keep up with the high demand for Mac chargers each night. Many suffer wire damage with use and others get lost.  I know our most popular items are chargers and headphones.

Please ask questions if any arise about the new equipment. In the meantime, as the saying goes in U.K. applies here at Circ, “Keep Calm and Carry On.”

Thank you to Dan, Petar, Charlie, Mary and Carol for managing these additions. We are so glad to have them to loan out.

Equipment Etiquette

For those media-savvy borrowers who utilize our equipment through loans, we would appreciate that you double-check to be certain all items are inside each case upon returning to the desk, as noted on the tag attached to each bag (including guides/instructions). Also, if you can take a moment to spool the adapter wires into a somewhat orderly placement within each case, and bring it to the Circ Desk before the clock strikes 12:00 (midnight), it would be oh-so-wonderful. It saves time for us, and makes for good practice in considering others and their time. We really appreciate it!

Guest borrower and faculty proxy online applications

No more paper forms! The application forms can now be found online!
Guest Borrower
Faculty proxy

Circ staff – when an application comes in, it will come to the libcirc mailbox. Please add the borrowers to Millennium as they come in and then move to the Borrower Applications folder or forward to Dan for follow-up.

Faculty proxy loan periods

UPDATE: THIS IS NO LONGER TRUE. FACULTY PROXY DUE DATES ARE NOW THE SAME AS REGULAR FACULTY. Just so everyone is aware, I have updated the loan rules for proxy borrowers so that everything that would not normally have a shorter loan (equipment, media, etc.) will be due at the end of the semester, Dec. 22nd. If you encounter any odd loan periods with faculty proxy borrowers, please let me know.

Spring Thesis Carrels @ Main

Hey everyone. Students are asking about how carrel signups will work this Spring, so I wanted to make sure staff and student workers knew what to tell them. There’s a couple of major changes, but we think people will like them.

Carrels will still be available first-come first-served only to seniors currently writing a thesis or independent project, and will still be available starting on the second Monday of classes (February 15). Seniors will still need to fill out a thesis application and pick the carrel they want from our master carrel map.

However, instead of early morning, carrels will start being handed out at 12 noon. We got some complaints about waiting in line before the building even opens, so we’re going to try 12 noon as a start time instead.

Also, students wanting carrels no longer need a Bannerweb printout! Dan has worked out a way, through Banner’s regular updates of Millennium, for all students who are registered for a thesis or independent project to show as a new patron-type: 6 – Thesis student. So instead of needing a printout from Bannerweb to confirm that a senior is enrolled in a thesis or project, their p-type will automatically update in Millennium. We simply need to swipe their ID card to confirm that they can get a carrel.

Hopefully these changes will make the process of getting a carrel easier for students and easier for us as well. If you have any questions, please ask!

Borrowing Privileges for Retired Faculty and Staff

Recently retired faculty and staff may need to have their borrowing account updated. Verify retired status on new Midd ID.
Please refer to a supervisor.
Circ supervisors:
Edit expiration date – no exp date
Change patron type to retired faculty or retired staff, as appropriate
Enter home address info
Insert home phone info
Verify email address

Class Auditors

Class Auditors – Fall 09
Local high school students auditing a class at Middlebury are eligible for courtesy guest privileges for the current semester.
They need to:
• Complete and sign a guest borrower application
Circ creates a card:
• Ptype 103 (auditor of classes)
• Exp date: last day of fall classes 12/11/09
• Note: X school student taking course code/number/prof; Fall 09; your initials
• Email and home address address required

The College Registrar’s Office verifies eligibility at the beginning of every semester. Please refer questions to Elin.