Tag Archives: Facilities

Fire Extinguisher Training

Submitted by Joseph Watson
Your LIS Emergency Preparedness Committee encourages you to take a few minutes out of your busy day and take one of these training sessions.
Knowing how to put a small fire out is critical in fire loss prevention and in Life Safety.  On Wednesday, July 22d
we will hold our annual fire extinguisher training for all College employees.  Fires can occur any time and knowing
how to use a fire extinguisher can mean the difference of saving a life or a home.  Please join us somewhere around McCullough (depending on construction) for a short presentation and hands on practice in putting a fire out.
Times:   9:00 am, 9:30 am, 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm
Each session should run about 20 minutes.  Rain date will be July 29th, same times and location.  Just show up, no reservations needed.
Contact Ed Sullivan, Environmental, Health & Safety at sullivan@middlebury.edu or x 5726


Submitted by Elin Waagen

Due to popular demand – and rave reviews – the LIS staff art and craft exhibit was extended until July 3rd.

EXH!BITED! was a fabulous show! Many many thanks to all LIS artists who shared their work with visitors and the College community. Many people remarked on and were amazed by the depth of talent within LIS. Should we do it again next year?

Check out “yourmiddleburycanvas”

Joseph Watson–   A few weeks ago I mentioned an ambitious art project that a few students were intending to present in the Main Library.  Well, Sally Hatfield ’09 and Katy Laird ’09 have pulled it together!  Check out http://www.yourmiddleburycanvas.com/ and stop by the Harman Periodicals Reading Area to see it in person.

Main Library Displays

Submitted by Joseph Watson

Display space in the Atrium is now fully booked for the rest of the Spring Term.

Recent displays have been:

  • Students Against Violence: pictures of the “Red Ribbon Campaign”.
  • Middialogue: seeking answers to questions like “If you could give a friend just one last word of advice, what would it be?”

Upcoming displays will be:

  • Feminist Action At Middlebury: asking the questions “What does feminism mean to you?” and “What is feminism mean at Middlebury?”
  • Public Health Symposium: presenting highlights of the recent event.
  • Invisible Children: promoting the showing of a documentary here at Middlebury and a rally in Burlington
  • Queer Athletes: a photo exhibit sponsored by Middlebury Open Queer Alliance
  • Spirit In Nature: promoting the walking trails and center in Ripton
  • LIS Staff Arts and Crafts Show:  us showing our own stuff!

We’re also serving as a location for comment boxes, collection boxes, promotional posters, etc.

Working with the students to schedule and and install these displays is quite a challenge.  As always, some of them have thier acts remarkably together and others, not so much.  For instance, we’ve been approached by a student who would like to do an interactive work of art in the building later in the semester…  she would have a web cam pointed at the piece, work on it, and take suggestions from people watching the web cam on what to do next.  This might materialize into something really cool, or might fizzle into nothing.  While we do all we can to assist the students, it’s really up to them to pull it off.

I recently learned that students who want to sell anything on campus must first get a permit from CCAL.  See go/lis?display for more information.

Print Release Test Zone in Lib242

Submitted by Elin Waagen

LIS has undertaken a very ambitious project to implement print management for all public printers. Starting on Thursday 2/26 and ending on Friday 3/5 (1 week), LIS will test one aspect of the print management solution in the Main Library. We will create a testing zone which will entail temporarily installing two print release stations in LIB242. The purpose for creating this test zone is to evaluate the print release station in real world conditions. We will be asking users to provide feedback about the print release stations. We have created documentation and signage to assist our users with this temporary change. Internal testing found the print release stations intuitive and easy to use.
During our testing, please try out the new stations and provide your feedback.
If you experience problems or you are notified of problems with the print release stations during the testing, please direct them to the Helpdesk (x2200 or helpdesk@middlebury.edu). We will deal with the problems as quickly as possible.
If the printer goes to “sleep” between print jobs, users may need to press the big Green GO button on the printer.
The computers in 242 are dedicated to print release and cannot be used for other purposes during this test.
Printers without release stations will continue to be available on the 3rd floor of the Main Library (LIB303) or the lower level of the Main Library (LIB142).
Please direct all printing from walk-up stations to the upper and lower level printers.

What is a print release station? A print release station allows users (faculty, staff, students, and guests) to release their print jobs to the printers rather than use the current configuration of automatically printing jobs to the printers.

Why install a print release station? A print release station should reduce the number of unnecessary or duplicate print jobs from being printed, give the user greater control over their printing, and increase print availability.

How does a print release station work? When a user sends a document to the printer, it queues on the print release station. The user must log into the print release station using their Middlebury username and password to view jobs they submitted.
The user sees only the documents that they sent to the printer and they can release or cancel the print request.
During this test period guests can log in with the daily pclab username and password.

Cell phone room?

Submitted by Carrie Macfarlane

We received a request for a “cell phone room” in the Main Library.  We’ve posted a preliminary response here:  LIS Suggestions – Cell Phone Room.  Do you think that we should provide a soundproof space for impromptu phone conversations? If so, what should it look like and where should it be?  We’ll admit that the idea of a bright red phone booth occurred to us.   What do you think?   Should we set aside an existing group study?  Is there another (inexpensive) solution?

Or, is this something that falls outside of our responsibilities?

Please discuss!

“Our roofs don’t leak.”

Submitted by Joseph Watson

“Our roofs don’t leak.”  That’s what the architects said in a meeting with library staff when the plans for the new library were first presented.  Somebody in the audience noticed that much of the library was covered with a flat roof and pointed out that there was a history of flat roofs failing in the harsh New England climate.  Their concern was met with firm assurances from the architects that they knew what they were doing and the roof would not leak.

Well, here we are.

Roof leak up lvl Feb 09.jpg

Since the Main Library opened in 2004 we have had more than 20 water incursions. Four of them were from leaky pipes or malfunctioning HVAC equipment, which is bound to happen with new construction.  The worst of these was when a part in a cooling unit in the server room broke, flooding the raised floor almost to overflowing.  Five of them were from groundwater rising up and flowing in, which, hopefully, is a very rare event.  Fortunately only the floors got wet. Twelve of them were from roof leaks, sometimes persistent ones.  A particularly tedious leak started on the upper mezzanine on the north side of the building in the spring of 2006.  For two years water intermittently dripped through the ceiling, ruining drywall and carpet, and distracting students studying nearby.  Roofers were finally able to fix the leak in the summer of 2008.

Library materials have gotten wet only twice.  The first time was when the building was new and window seals above the atrium failed allowing water to flow in around the window, travel along the sloped ceiling, and then drip down onto the art books.  That leak was fixed and hasn’t recurred.

The second time books got wet was on Friday night, January 30, 2009.   Just as the building was closing, a student stopped at the Circulation Desk and said there was water leaking onto book shelves on the upper level.  Kellam Ayres investigated and acted to save the day.  She informed Facilities Services who deployed “on call”  personnel who were conveniently already on campus.  Kellam worked with them to remove the wet books from the shelves, cover the effected book stacks with plastic in order to divert the water, and place buckets under the drips. (Pictured above.) She then set the wet books up to air dry.  We in Preservation really appreciate the efforts of colleagues like Kellam who follow procedures and carefully ensure that damage to the collections is minimized. THANK YOU KELLAM!!! The leak continues to drip on and off.  Facilities Services, who are also frustrated by these problems, had a roofer here this week to try to locate the source and they were unable to.   We’ll be keeping an eye on this leak and will be on the look out for others.

When conditions indicate threats such as heavy rains in warm weather or a snow covered roof with light rains in cold weather, I routinely inspect the upper level for leaks during the weekdays and Circulation Staff members do the same in the evening and on the weekends.  We’ve been lucky that all parts of the building are pretty heavily traveled so leaks have always been discovered fairly soon after they start.

Each library Circulation Desk has an Emergency Manual in which procedures are outlined.  These manuals can be consulted when something goes wrong.  The portion on reacting to water leaks is excerpted below.

“Water Damage

1.    Stop flow of water.  As needed call Facilities Management:  x-5472 (If Facilities Management is closed, call security x-5911 to reach “on call” facilities workers.)

2.    As the situation requires, protect items not yet wet by covering with plastic or relocate them to a dry area.  Turn off, unplug, and cover any computer equipment with plastic to protect it from water damage.  (Supplies are located in closet next to 135.)

3.    Until setting them up to dry:

Do not open wet books.
Do not separate single sheets.
Do not remove covers.
Do not disturb wet file boxes, prints, drawings, and photographs.

4.    Notify the Circulation Desk Supervisor, who will in turn notify the Disaster Team particularly the Preservation & Processing Manager.  The Disaster Team is responsible for preparing a plan of action.  See contact information on page A-3 and call them at home as needed.

For more information on recovery from a water incursion see Section E”

Emergency Preparedness

Let’s all start 2009 off right be taking a moment to think about emergency preparedness.  Do you know what to do if a student walks up to you and says “There’s somebody lying on the floor over there, they seem to be passed out or something.”  If it’s been a while since you’ve thought about the appropriate response to this and many other situations, please take some time to brush up on your readiness.

Being prepared to act on behalf of the College in an emergency is a personal responsibility of which we should all be mindful.

Let’s all start 2009 off right be taking a moment to think about emergency preparedness.  Do you know what to do if a student walks up to you and says “There’s somebody lying on the floor over there, they seem to be passed out or something.”  If it’s been a while since you’ve thought about the appropriate response to this and many other situations, please take some time to brush up on your readiness.

Being prepared to act on behalf of the College in an emergency is a personal responsibility of which we should all be mindful.