As most of you already know we are now using a software package called Time Clock MTS instead of using our regular timecards. Be sure to correctly select yourself and the correct version of yourself, either PP for Plant Pathology or ST for NRL/Magrath/Vet-Med, and clock in and out using this software. If you have any questions let Steve or Nick know as soon as possible.
There has been a small change to Desk Tracker that you all need to be aware of. There has been a "Borrowing Privileges and Fines" choice added to Desk Tracker in addition to the "Reference" and "Not Reference" options you are all very familiar with. When you take a fines payment, answer a question about fines or borrowing privileges, or otherwise deal in fines or borrowing privileges use this instead of "Not Reference" from now on and make sure to put a short entry in the text field with what you did. You should always be putting a brief, even as short as one or two words, entry in the text field for "Reference" and "Not Reference" too. If you wish to get across more information about a transaction use the "Notes" box on the right side. Ask Nick if you have any questions concerning Desk Tracker.
As you may have noticed on one of the library public computers sometimes Cybrarian asks to be registered and there is nothing you can do to use the computer. In the past we have attempted to fix this issue by shutting down and restarting the computers. This does not work in these situations. If you are having this issue follow these steps: hit Ctrl+Alt+Del on the keyboard and choose "Log Off." This will cause the computer to restart and Cybrarian should register properly. If you have any questions let Nick know.
All the state documents that have been in the Magrath basement since the NRL Consolidation are now interfiled with the Magrath State docs up on 2nd floor. Congratulations and thank you to Wendy and her students for getting this job done!
However, while the former EFW/Forestry state docs are actually located upstairs, some of them may still think they are in the closed stacks (MAGR CLS in Aleph). Disregard this status -- they are upstairs, we promise.
Questions? Leave a comment or ask a full-time staff member.
Here's a link to the Incident Report form:
Please be sure to use this if there are ANY unusual situations in the library -- attempted theft, sketchy patron, or anything that you think Libraries security should know about. When in doubt, fill it out!
And as always, please see a student supervisor if you have any questions.
(Try saying that three times fast!)
There have been some problems with the printer in Plant Path -- namely, that the CBORD (the thing where you swipe your UCard) screen is going blank. It is still able to read the cards, but there is no indication on the CBORD itself that the card is recognized.
Fortunately there's a quick fix to this problem. If you have this happen during one of your shifts, look at the back of the CBORD -- there's a large-ish black and silver connector cable in the middle. Try jiggling the connector back and forth, and then finally push it as far as it will go into the back of the box. We'll work on permanently fixing this problem soon, but for now, we'll go the low-tech route.
Please ask Elisabeth if you have any questions about this issue!
Bad news . . . .
Due to the malfunctioning gate counter in the SMART Commons this week, we need to re-do the gate counts in the SMART, starting on Sunday, November 11. I appreciate your willingness to take yet another week of gate counts -- thanks, as always, for your patience!
The cabinet for the CFANS laptops at the Plant Pathology Library has been moved into the office behind the circulation desk so that we do not disturb patrons using the meeting room when we retrieve a laptop. This change more closely aligns Plant Pathology to how the laptops are used at the Natural Resources Library. If you must step away from the Plant Pathology desk close the door to the office so that the laptops and their cases are out of public access. There may be further changes to the exact location of the cabinet at a further date.
Due to the reconfiguration of the circulation desk at Magrath there will only be one computer station this Monday (10/29) through part of Wednesday (10/31). During the time of day when there would be two people at the desk, a student and a staff member, there will only be one student at the desk. During this time use Google Talk or the phone to reach an available staff member if you need assistance at the desk.
October 21-27 is Open Access Week!
In case you've never heard of it, Open Access refers to free online public access to the published results of research. There are many different ways of achieving Open Access, and many different funding models; and Open Access benefits authors as well as other scholars & researchers.
We will help celebrate Open Access Week at Magrath by placing an orange "Open Access" bookmark in every book checked out at the Circulation Desk. Please be sure to remember these bookmarks -- we'll have them handy at both computers.
If patrons have any questions about Open Access, direct them to: http://z.umn.edu/openaccess
If you have any questions about this, please ask Nick, Steve, or Elisabeth.