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Cell Phone Booths in Davis Family Library – Location Update

In response to complaints about people having cell phone conversations adjacent to quiet study areas in Davis Family Library, LIS recently purchased to cell phone booths.  These almost completely sound proof booths are proving to be quite popular.

Cell phone booth in the NE corner of the upper level of Davis Family Library

After consulting with LIS staff and the Student LIS Advisory Committee, and after seeking suggestions through this blog, we have relocated the two booths in Davis Family Library.  They are both on the upper level in more low profile locations so there is less of an aesthetic impact on the architecture of the building.  One is in the NE corner closest to Twilight Hall opposite elevator #2, and the other is in the SW corner closest to the Axinn Center next to group study room LIB301F.  When you’re on the upper level of Davis Family Library and you want to make or receive a cell phone call, please take advantage of the private booths.

Cell phone booth locations on the upper level of Davis Family Library

 

Upcomming Collection Shift in Davis Family Library

Library moving company W. B. Meyer has been hired to shift part of the book collection in Davis Family Library during the week of Spring Break, starting on Monday the 26th.  This is being done to make room for the expansion of classroom LIB140 in June.  First, the Gov Docs collection will be consolidated to the east end of the compact shelving that it currently occupies.  (This is possible because Hans Raum and Ginny Faust have been weeding the collection for the past two years, significantly reducing it in size.)  Second, three ranges of books just to the east of LIB140 on the Lower Lvl will be moved to the emptied shelves at the west end of the compact shelving in the center of the Main Lvl.    The stacks sequence will remain the same but the break between the floors will be slightly different.   The movers will be done by Friday of that week.  Contact Joseph Watson with any questions or concerns.  A public notification of the move will be forthcoming in a few weeks.

Options for locating the new cell phone booths.

Update as of 2/29– After consulting with the Student LIS Advisory Committee who independently preferred the same option that LIS staff preferred, we have asked Facilities Services to move the two booths. Both booths will be on the upper level. One will be opposite elevator #2 and the other will be in the corridor between group study LIB301F and the south wall of carrels. The one that is opposite elevator #2 is still quite adjacent to the most staff who occupy shared offices in the building, it’s just that the adjacency is vertical, after a short elevator ride. Thanks to everyone who participated in the decision making process.

Post as of 2/24–  A group of LIS staff recently attended an open meeting to consider various options for locating the two new cell phone booths.   Below please see a summary of our conclusions.  If you were unable to attend the meeting but would like to share some ideas, please either comment here or email me (jwatson@middlebury.edu)  Also, if you prefer, feel free to stop by my office so I can point out the options on a floor plan.

 Cell phone booth location notes:

-General agreement that it doesn’t make sense to put a booth on the Main Lvl.

-General agreement that it makes more sense to put both booths on the Upper Lvl. because the signal will be more reliable and it’s more likely they’ll be used.  However we also agreed it makes sense to check back in with stakeholders who weren’t at the meeting to get their reaction to this before proceeding.  It’s a difficult call.  (LOL!  “call”, get it?)

-No general agreement on the ideal placement of the two on the Upper level.   In order of popularity the three options are:

  1. Kitty corner.  One opposite elevator #2 in the alcove with the recycling bins and the other in the separate little hallway between group study 301F and the carrels on the south wall.  The advantages are a low aesthetic impact, at separate ends of the upper floor.  The disadvantages are the low profile for finding them, one of them is near assigned study carrels where people might be bothered, the other displaces a few nicely located lounge chairs, the possibility of providing too much privacy for mischief.
  2. By elevators on east end.  One each in the alcoves opposite elevators #2 and #3.  The advantages are the low aesthetic impact and the feeling that it’s a semi-private spot. The disadvantages are the low profile for finding them, the nearness of assigned study carrels, the possibility of providing too much privacy for mischief.
  3. Center of east end.  next to the public access computers that are adjacent to the East Reading Room.  Advantages are the ease of finding them, that they’re not very near anybody studying, and they could be easily hardwired with a land line phone.  Disadvantage is the high aesthetic impact.

Cellphone booths in Davis Library

We were going to wait to announce the new Cellphone booths in Davis Family Library until we’d had a chance to evaluate them and decide on a permanent location for them, but Brittany beat us to the punch with this post on middblog.  (Thanks Yiling Zhang for the great picture.)

Photo by Yiling Zhang

We’ve installed these in an attempt to solve two problems.   For years we’ve had complaints about people having cell phone conversations adjacent to study areas.  Other academic libraries like ours have successfully used cell phone booths like these to solve that problem.  Also, there are about thirty staff members working in shared offices in Davis Family Library and these folks don’t have a private place for phone calls to their doctor, baby sitter, etc.   Part of the reason we acquired the cell phone booths was to enhance the work/life balance of these staff members.

We purchased them at a deeply discounted price and we hope they’re worth it.  Only time will tell.   In Brittany’s post she mentioned that the location of the one on the upper level might not be ideal.  If you have suggestions of better spots in Davis Family Library for these, please feel free to drop me a line at jwatson@middlebury.edu  Thanks!

Friday Links – January 27, 2012

Last week some Film & Media Culture students working on an independent project this term filmed the second episode of their internet comedy “Legacies” in Davis Family Library.   You may watch “Up All Night”  at go/legacies or here.  http://www.funnyordie.com/legaciestheseries

Artist Guy Laramee carves books.  http://www.guylaramee.com/index.php?/previous-projects/the-great-wall/  and  http://www.guylaramee.com/index.php?/biblios/text-1/

Book Sale Receipts Donated to Public Library Disaster Relief Fund

We’re pleased to report that the recent Davis Family Library book sale brought in $2,732 and that amount has been donated to the Vermont Public Library Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund to help libraries that were impacted by the floods following Tropical Storm Irene.  The funds will be used for repairs, mold abatement, clean-up and replacement of books, furniture and computers. Thanks to Jess Isler and Carrie Macfarlane for suggesting that we use the proceeds from the sale to support the fund.  Thanks also to our College Cashier and the folks in Accounting for helping us coordinate the donation.

PRICES REDUCED at Library Book Sale!

On Thursday everything is half-price at the Davis Library Book Sale!  Hardcover books are just $1, paperbacks are two for $1, and audio CDs just $1.  Come get them while they last!

And… on Friday everything is free!  Yes, FREE!  From Friday morning until Monday morning anything that is left over from the sale may be taken away for free!

Library Book Sale is Open!

Tuesday, November 15th – Sunday, November 20th ,Davis Family Library, 110 Storrs Ave., open at 9:00 AM on first day, continuing during regular library open hours thereafter.

Davis Lbirary Book Sale 2011

Davis Library Book Sale 2011

LIBRARY BOOK SALE– The Davis Family Library at Middlebury College is offering withdrawn and duplicate copies of books, music scores, CDs and other media for sale at great prices. Choose from a wide variety of items for scholarly work or recreational reading, listening, and viewing. Proceeds from this year’s sale will be donated to the Vermont Public Library Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund, assisting libraries that were impacted by the recent floods. (Because the low price asked for materials is in part a service to the college community, anyone purchasing items on the first day of the sale will be required to show a Middlebury College ID. Book dealers are not welcome to purchase items for resale on Tuesday, Nov. 15th). FMI, contact Joseph Watson 443-5487 jwatson@middlebury.edu