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.
While certain areas of Davis Family Library have always been known unofficially as good spots for quiet study, recently we’ve formalized that a bit by installing signage marking some areas as “Quiet Study Areas”. Look for the big blue Q and please avoid conversation, either in person or on the phone, anywhere near these signs. Of course, LIS staff won’t be going around the building “shushing” people, but we hope the new signage makes it more obvious which parts of the building are reserved for quiet contemplative study.
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!
Circulation now has four iPads for your borrowing pleasure. Until we get all of the workflow wrinkles ironed out, we are going to try to keep circulation internal (LIS staff only). So stop by and check one out (which is so blatant as to not even qualify as a pun, intended or not).
An error has been discovered in the install discs for Microsoft Office 2010 and 2011, so they are getting fixed by the Helpdesk. Unfortunately, this means that if you have used these discs to install the software at home, you will need to re-install once the discs are fixed. Stay tuned to this post for an update as to when they are available again. Also – if anyone thinks this should be a broader post than just LIS staff, please feel free to re-categorize.