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.
The procedure for iPad returns has been altered. http://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/Circulating_iPad Basically, we are only factory resetting them and letting people set them up as a new iPad when they check them out. The pre-installed apps will no longer be included. If patrons want an app, they will need to download it themselves. We will still erase all data when the iPad is returned.
As temperatures begin to fall, please remember these tips about cold weather and electronics!
1. The upstairs (A-M) reshelving has been moved to the empty shelves before the A’s.
2. We now have three pairs of “headset with microphones” (if you’re searching in Millennium). They’re in bags in the drawer with the digital voice recorders. They are 1-day loans. Media services says they will get used.
Two new additions to the equipment pool that you shouldn’t have to worry much about, but that you should probably KNOW about.
1. CTLR is purchasing equipment to give to faculty and students for long-term loans, usually a semester or more. This equipment will be added to Millennium as it is purchased and will be booked for the patron at that time. All of the equipment will be attached to one (suppressed) bib record in Millennium, so no one else should be asking for this equipment. When it comes back, you can put it on my desk.
2. The Helpdesk is starting to use us to keep track of some long-term laptop loans. Similar to the CTLR equipment, these items will be added to Millennium when they are ready to go out and booked for the patron at that time. Also similarly, they are all on one (suppressed) bib record in Millennium. They can go on my desk or back to the Helpdesk when they are returned. They will have a barcode but no luggage tag.
Let me know if you have questions.
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.
When you retrieve a piece of equipment in the cabinet, you will see that the spot for booked items are now on the right side for easier access. The conference phones are on the same shelf. The conference camera is on the shelf above. The student LCD projectors have more room on the left side shelves.
We have been given 2 more XA10 camcorders so we have four in our inventory. These are placed on the shelf below the booked shelf.
I have added a lighting kit and a couple of wireless mics. They are on the shelves, and ready for checkout. I will add detailed information on those items in the next blog.
Starting now, all camcorders, digital cameras, and tripods have been changed to a 3-day loan for all borrowers (from a 1-day loan, previously). That is all.
This is an important reminder to be sure that you look at the check-in computer screen to confirm that each item you check in, is marked as such in Millennium. Don’t be fooled; the audio beep upon check-in does not mean that a book or DVD has been successfully checked in. You have to see it on the screen to be certain.
The reason we are bringing this up is because we have had a recent rash of calls and emails from patrons who have stated their book or DVD is overdue, when in fact, the item was returned days ago. This wastes a lot of time for all involved. Our simple resolution: please make it a habit to check the screen for all check-in items.
Regarding Mac retina chargers, I have placed a sign for each basket of retina display chargers in the drawers, so if you place a retina chargers in its specified container, they will be properly separated. Please wind up stray cords whenever you see them so we can stay ahead of the “spaghetti syndrome.”
Thank you all. Everyone is doing a great job, but I wanted to mention this adjustment. We appreciate your attention to these issues.