Posts by Dan Frostman


Carrel Day, Valentines Day edition

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Carrel Day for Spring, 2011 has come and gone. There were 54 carrels available at 8 am on Monday morning. By Wednesday morning, there were 6 remaining. Most were booked online Monday morning. We had three calls at the circ desk from people who had problems booking online: 2 were Juniors (who are not allowed to book a thesis carrel) and one had overdue items (and was therefore blocked from booking). A few people called later in the day to confirm that they had booked a key, and all had. There was one instance of someone booking two carrels keys, but that was quickly discovered and remedied. We pushed back the start time from 7 am to 8 am, which was at the very least better for circ staff. All in all, it was a very smooth day, and much improved over the Fall.

Spring Thesis Carrels

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Thesis carrels will be available online or at the circulation desk starting at 8 am on Monday, February 14th. What better way to say “I love you” than to get your sweetheart a thesis carrel? More information and instructions can be found here.

Circulation wiki updates

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Several edits have been made to both the Borrowing and Circulation staff wiki pages. If you have linked to either site, you will probably need to update your links. Please let me know if you can’t find something that used to be readily available. Also, please feel free to update any out-of-date information. I did not update content, only the organization and location of the info.
Borrowing wiki page
Circ staff wiki page

Library Hours for Winter Break

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24/7 Exam hours

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The Davis Family Library will be providing extended hours during the last week of classes and the exam period.

24/7 hours started at 9 am on Sunday, 11/28 and will end at 8 pm on Saturday, 12/11. Bring your ID – card access required between 11 pm and 8 am (9 am on Saturday and Sunday). Guest passwords for computer access will not be issued between the hours of 11 pm and 8 am.

Check here for up to date hours at all Libraries.

Library Hours for Fall Break

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Online Carrel booking: Debrief

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Monday marked the first time that seniors did not have to stand outside the library waiting in line to sign up for a thesis carrel. Booking online was not the smoothest of flights, but it did not crash and burn, either. We learned some things and there are some thing we have to fix, but overall, we are calling it a success.

The Good: It worked; the server didn’t crash; vast majority of those asked preferred this way to standing in line
The Bad: Most of the errors were due to the communication with Banner – Millennium did not know they were taking a 500+ level class, so they couldn’t book online; pages loaded VERY slowly
The Ugly: Some people booked multiple keys before they realized it was actually working, which prevented others from booking those keys

Some numbers:
• 200 total carrels
• 82 carrels booked in the first hour
• 26 carrels still available after 48 hours

A quote: “Bottom line: thank you so much for putting carrel signup online this year! I avoided all of my worst fears (no more carrels available by my turn in line, double bookings, etc.), and it was no more of a hassle than registration or room draw, which we’re all used to. It went really well.”