February 2012 Archives

Evening Gate Counts

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Just a friendly reminder to please take the 6 p.m. gate counts from the library security gate, the SMART Commons, and the ESA. We greatly appreciate your willingness to take these statistics!

Any questions? As always, feel free to ask.



Student Profile: Sean Schultz

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sean1.jpgOne of the best things about working at Magrath, in my opinion, is the opportunity to work with such great student workers! I wanted a chance to highlight, in my own humble way, the fantastic talent we have in the Circulation department. I'll be doing interviews with our senior-most student workers for the rest of the semester and posting them on the blog.

First up is Sean Schultz, who has been working at Magrath since he was a freshman. Sean routinely staffs some of the most difficult shifts to fill, including summers and Sunday nights, and is a friendly and knowledgeable presence at the desk. We'll miss Sean when he graduates this spring, but we're glad to have him for a few more months! Read on to see the full interview . . .

Well Sean, tell us a little bit about yourself! Where are you from? What year are you in school and what are you studying?
Morris, MN. I am a super! senor studying communication and music. I really love taking music classes. My favorite part is learning the theory aspect of music. It has really helped me when writing my own music.

What do you like to do in your down time?
In my free time I enjoy playing music, reading, and relaxing with my two dogs!

Why did you apply to work at a library (and why Magrath, specifically)?
My mom actually suggested I apply to work at a library. I went to the job fair my first semester and Magrath hired me there.

What is your favorite shift to work in Magrath and why?
The night shift on Sunday is great because I can get a lot of homework done...or me and Giovanni talk about how bad the Minnesota sports teams are...

What is your favorite band to see live, and how many times have you seen them in concert?
Hmmm....I would have to say that would be Radiohead. I saw them once at Lollapalooza in 2008 and it was amazing!

What is your favorite way to kill time at the Circulation Desk?
Homework. But I would say that keeping up the sports news is actually my favorite way to kill time on desk. I follow the Vikings and Timberwolves most, but I also like to keep up boxing and soccer.

What's the worst joke you've heard recently?
My roommate keeps telling a terrible Star Wars "your mom" joke. It goes: Your mom is so dumb she thought Jar-Jar came with Pickles-Pickles. Its pretty bad and I am sick of hearing it...

If you won a million dollars, what is the first thing you'd buy, and why?
I would buy an awesome, brand new guitar amp.

AND FINALLY: If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?
I think last time I said I would be a frying pan, but now I see myself as more of a fork. The best utensil ever, in my opinion.

Printer Paper

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Hello everyone,

We have changed where we are storing the reams of paper for the Circulation printer (the one right next to the Circ Desk) and those for the public copiers/printers. There are two separate locations:

  • The Circ printer paper is located on the shelves behind Elisabeth's cube, right by the coat rack (and underneath the extra toner)

  • The public copy/printer paper is located in the flippers behind Elisabeth's cube -- 2nd from the top on the left-hand side (it has a handy label in the upper left-hand corner)

Please be sure to keep these reams of paper separate.

Confused? Questions? Comments? Concerns? Have no idea where the flippers are? Please come and ask!!


New flash drive . . .

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. . . is now in the locked key box!

Please be careful when lending this out to patrons who want to use the scanner -- we want the drive to come back to us. As always, if you have any questions, ask Nick or myself.



Reserve Articles

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I know I've spoken with most of you, but here's a handy reminder about the articles on reserve (located in the manila envelopes underneath the ASL videos).

The call numbers are kind of strange -- they should be seven letters long.

  • First three letters are the first three letters of the author's last name

  • Last four letters are the first letters of the first four words in the title

For example, the article "Trade Liberalization and Economic Development" by Jomo Kwame Sundaram is labeled SUNTLAE. I'm not expecting you to remember this, of course -- I just wanted to explain why the naming system is so wonky.

IN SHORT: article call numbers are (essentially) alphabetical by author's last name. When in doubt, search by author.

Questions? Comments? Let us know!

Plastic Bags and Circulating Items

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Hello all,

The purpose of this post is to reinforce Nick's email about items that come into the Circulation desk in plastic bags. Usually there are two types of items in two different types of bags:

  • Large white bags with University Libraries logo: remove book from bag and return as normal; place bag in the box on top of the wooden cart

  • Zip-top bag with a VHS/DVD inside: give the whole kit and caboodle to either Nick or Elisabeth. You don't have to do anything with these items!

Any questions? As always, leave a comment/send us an email.



Natural Resource Library (NRL) FAQ

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Hey all,

As you all know by now, Forestry and EFW are combining to become the Natural Resources Library (or NRL). You may get some questions about the NRL while working at the Circ Desk or while working in the branch libraries. I've attached a document that outlines some "talking points" about the NRL -- essentially an FAQ sheet. Take a moment during your desk shift to peruse this document.

NB: The FAQ sheet is not intended to give out to the public -- please do not print out any copies! If a patron has further questions or concerns about the NRL, feel free to refer them to Philip Herold (his card is in the holder on the reference desk).

Questions? Leave them in the comments/shoot us an email!



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Search the blog!

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Hey all,

Just wanted to remind you that there is a search function on the blog! If you can't remember a detail about a specific post -- for example, the loan period for the Intro to Animal Science textbooks -- do a keyword search! It should take you right to the post (or several posts) that include your search term.

Of course, you're always encouraged to come and ask Nick, Steve, or myself if you have any Circulation-related questions, but I would love for the blog to act as another resource for you to use.



Reserve submission forms

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Just to reiterate the issue of reserve submissions when I am not at the library:

  • Reserve submission forms are in the top-hand drawer of the black file cabinet to the left of the circulation desk.

  • There are also electronic reserve submission forms for articles/book chapters.

  • Professors are also welcome to drop off a syllabus/list of materials as long as they include their name, contact information, and course number.

I know I chatted with all of you about this, but I wanted to make sure that it was on the blog as an additional resource.

Thanks much, and happy Monday (blergh),


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Hi everyone!

I'm hoping to get an internship this summer and to practice writing Elisabeth suggested that I do a few posts in the blog. So here it goes!

I read the Daily every day and today the main article was the "Tatro v. University of Minnesota". Did anyone else read this? It's basically about this woman, Amanda Tatro, who is a Mortuary Science major that posted statuses on Facebook that were called "threatening" and the posts went against some rules under a program she was in. Tatro talked about stabbing someone in the neck and the cadavers that she worked on. Her argument is that they were just jokes and sarcasm. She had an excuse for all of her posts on Facebook. Her argument is that it is free speech and she should be able to post or say whatever she wants. While the university is saying that those kind of "threats" should not be taken lightly, especially after recent university shootings around the United States.

More people are taking interest in this particular subject since this could affect any university. If University of Minnesota wins, does this mean we have to sensor what we say so we do not get into trouble? Or if Tatro wins, does this mean the U should not take somewhat threatening posts seriously?

Comments are welcome! :)

ApEc 3451

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We've been getting a fair amount of reserves traffic for ApEc 3451 lately. We currently have four books on reserve for this course:

  • What got you here won't get you there in sales,

  • How I raised myself from failure to success in selling,

  • How to sell anything to anybody, and

  • Proselling

We'll also get several more items for this course throughout the semester.

HOWEVER, there are also materials on reserve for this class at Waite Library, the Applied Economics departmental library. If the students want to check out different items, send them over there (Ruttan Hall 232).

Happy Friday!!!


Magrath -- the U's 4th Sexiest Building (?!)


As you may have seen/heard, Magrath Library was named the U's 4th sexiest building (yep, you read that right) in the recent Sex-U-Mah edition of the MN Daily.

While on one hand I'm proud that Magrath is getting some recognition for being an awesome library, on the other I'm a little concerned that the Daily readers will begin to take fuller advantage of the building's nooks, crannies, and corners.

If you are up in the stacks and encounter some "amorous" patrons, please come get one of the full-time staff members or the security guard on duty. It is not your responsibility, as student staff, to approach these students; the full-time staff and/or the security guards will handle the situation.

Please feel free to comment, or email Nick, Steve, or myself, if you have any questions about this policy.


SMART Learning Commons

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As you're aware, we get a lot of questions at the Circ Desk about the SMART Learning Commons. Here are the features offered at Magrath's SLC:

The Walter and Wilson SMART Commons Areas have more resources, including Peer Assisted Learning, Peer Research Consultants, standardized test prep, check-out-able production equipment, and (at Walter) videos and a Media Viewing Room.

Please take a moment to peruse this site during your next desk shift:




Student Video Contest

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Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know that the Friends of the Library is sponsoring a student video contest to promote U of M libraries. You may see people filming in the libraries; go ahead and grab Steve, Nick, a security guard, or myself if these patrons become disruptive.

Here's a link to the FAQ page for the contest. Please peruse the site when you have a minute:


Please ask/post a comment if you have ANY questions about this contest!

Happy Monday,


Welcome back!

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Okay, okay, so I know everyone's been in class for a while now, but I haven't gotten a chance to welcome you all back! I hope your semesters are treating you well so far. Anyone have any particularly interesting classes? Professors? Let me know in the comments!

I just wanted to reiterate the purpose of this blog -- it is (obviously) a place to convey information about Magrath Library Circulation and other things you may need to know as you work here. Additionally, you are more then welcome to write posts of your own, regarding issues/questions/concerns you've come up with at the Circ desk/in the stacks, pleading for a sub, sharing some interesting tidbit you've found . . . If you want to share, we want it on the blog! (Jade, thanks for posting about the Nordic Lights Film Festival -- we'll be sure to check it out!)

Please feel free to come and chat with Nick, Steve, or myself if you have any questions about the blog. I'll be working diligently this semester to keep it updated!

Happy beginning of the semester (kind of)! :)


Textbooks on Reserve for AnSc1101

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Hey all, here's a Reserves situation you might encounter:

AnSc1101 (Prof. Seykora) has ten (yes, ten) copies of Damron's Introduction to Animal Science on reserve. These books have a 2-hour, no overnight loan period. Here's what this means:

  • Just like other reserves items, students can only check these books out for 2 hours at a time

  • However, after 4 p.m., this 2 hour loan period still holds. In other words, the student can't check the item out at 4 p.m. and keep it until 10 a.m. the next morning.

  • For example: if a student checks out the book at 9 p.m. on a weeknight, they'll only get to keep it until 10 p.m.

If you have any questions about these items, please don't hesitate to ask Nick, Steve, or myself. You're also welcome to post a comment and I'll get back to you ASAP!

IN SHORT: Intro to Animal Science (call no. SF61 .D36a 2013, copies 1-10) = NO OVERNIGHT.

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