October 2011 Archives

Welcome back to the blog! Part 2


Hello all!

I hope that you are all settling into the rhythm of the semester, and that your classes and work schedule are treating you well so far.

This post marks the (second) re-invigoration of the Magrath Circulation Blog. I would like to use the blog as a way for full-time staff members and student employees to connect about the day-to-day operations of the Magrath Circulation department. With this blog I would love to establish a stronger sense of community and more open lines of communication between the people that make this department happen.

While I (Elisabeth) will be the primary blog author, I want to reinforce the idea that you are always welcome, and even encouraged, to write a blog post! For example, if you know of a special event going on in the library and want to make others aware of it, or if you have a question for your fellow Magrath Circ student workers (or supervisors), go ahead and post it! We'll get around to answering/acknowledging the post in a timely manner.

Please comment on this post to show that you got a chance to read it! Also, if you have any ideas for features that you want to see in the blog (procedural questions, interviews with student workers or staff, or the occasional ridiculous link), let us know in your comment as well!

I look forward to communicating with you through this blog, and continuing to make it a lively, engaging, and useful conversational space.



Commenting on the blog


Hey all,

I've had a bit of a struggle getting the comment feature working on the blog, but after a brief tussle I think I have finally conquered the system, and comments are now enabled. ;) So, here's a brief walk-through on how to comment:

1.) Click on the entry title
2.) Below the post, there should be a link that says "Leave a Comment." Go ahead and click on this link
3.) At this point, you should be directed to a UMN-authenticated login screen. After you log in using your x-500 password, you'll be able to leave a comment! Yay!

Please do me a favor and comment on this entry! If you're having issues getting everything working, please let me know and I'll try my best to fix it.



Changes to Public Workstation Access

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Hello everyone,

Just a friendly reminder that over the summer we have implemented new public workstation access for the computers in Magrath. As an overview, our "regulars," community members WITHOUT a Friends of the Library (FoL) account will have 2 hours of internet access per day throughout the University Libraries; the two hour limit will re-set at midnight the following evening. There are in-depth Terms of Use and FAQ sheets in the filing cabinet by the Circ printer, so if the patron asks for more information you are welcome to give them those printouts! (Please let us know when we're running low so we can make more copies.)

Here's what these changes will mean for you, as Circulation Student Workers:

  • You may have to create new patron cards using CybraryN. Either Nick, Perry, or I will train you as to how to do this, and there is a cheat sheet right by the Circ 1 computer.

  • You may get patrons who are upset about these changes. Please come get a full-time staff person to deal with incensed patrons - there's no need for you to do so on your own.

  • If the patron wants more than 2 hours of internet access per day, they can purchase a Friends of the Library account for $80/year (individual) by visiting the Friends of the Libraries office in Wilson.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask one of the full-time staff members! As always, we're more than happy to help.



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