Beginning November 5th, reserves, equipment, and inter-library loan items that are overdue will accrue Overdue Penalty Points. For hourly loans (reserves), the points will accrue at a rate of one point per hour overdue. For daily loans, one point per day overdue. Once a patron reaches three points, they will be blocked from borrowing ALL library materials for a period of one day. If they accumulate six points, they will be blocked for two days, and so on. We are doing this to ensure that these materials are available to our patrons as much as possible and that people are not preventing their fellow students from accessing materials by keeping them out past when they are due. More information can be found at go/penaltypoints.
The library has once again designated several suites of carrels as specific Language Study Carrels. The carrels in the suites are available on a first come, first served basis and may not be reserved. A map of the suites can be found here, and more information regarding carrels in the library can be found here.
A student asked me the other day which item has circulated the most in the library. Having no idea, I created a list in Millennium to find out. Here are the spellbinding results:
* There are 1102 items that have circulated more than 50 times
* Of those…
– 510 are DVDs
– 178 are student laptops and power adapters
– 96 are 1-day equipment
– 86 are books
– 81 are 4-hour equipment
– the rest include 12 CD’s, 1 music score, various keys, reserves, and 3 VHS tapes
* The top 151 items are keys or equipment
* No. 152 on the list is the DVD 21 Grams, with 261 circs
* The highest circulating books is the always popular Single Variable Calculus, which any circ desk worker knows by both sight and weight, with 216 circs
Any guesses on No. 1? It has circulated 1698 times. Unimaginable praise and accolades* to anyone who guesses correctly (who does not already know and/or does not use Create Lists to find out on their own).
*Note: praise and accolades may be more imaginable than advertised.
The Davis Family Library and Helpdesk is open 9-5 for the rest of this week, including Saturday and Sunday. The library and Helpdesk will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, then open 9-5 the rest of next week.
The Armstrong Library is open 9-5 the rest of this week, then closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
For a full listing of library and/or Helpdesk hours, please consult go/hours.
We have recently added a DVD/CD display case on the Circ Desk, near the TV. The purpose of this case is twofold; to showcase recommendations by LIS student employees, all other students (& anyone who is interested), and secondly, for others to get some great tips. Top picks are for movies, documentaries, TV shows/series, and music. Everyone can participate, and we encourage your interaction. Alongside the display case is a testimonial (with optional photo) about a specific selection. This is a great way to unveil several “hidden gems” within our vast DVD stacks. We have newly-released titles you may not expect, films like Oscar-nominated Midnight in Paris, Beginners (Oscar winner for supporting actor Christopher Plummer), Moneyball, Tree of Life. Additionally, we enjoy featuring many of our timeless classics.
Bringing out behind-the-desk CD collections is particularly fun because they are unavailable for browsing, other than via Midcat. We have Paul McCartney’s new release, “Kisses on the Bottom,” along with jazz greats Coltrane, Davis, and genres in classical, hip-hop, bluegrass, fusion, Latin-inspired, country, etc. There is a seemingly endless number of CDs from A (as in Alison Krauss) to Z (as in Frank Zappa) and everything in between.
If you are passionate about your music and film/TV favorites, please let us know. We welcome your recommendations since we are always on the hunt for good stuff. And do come by to view our special features from the case.
LIS is pleased to announce that iPads are now available at the Circulation Desk of the Davis Family Library. They will circulate to faculty and staff for two weeks. A list of pre-installed apps can be viewed here. Stop by and check one out today!
Innovative informed me that one of two fans in our Central INN-Reach server kicked-the-bucket. They will have to bring down the server to swap out the hardware. They will do this at 5:30 pm Friday August 26, 2011. They predict that it will take approximately 30 minutes complete. All central system activities, the catalog, request processing, etc. will be down during this time.