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Policy for Leaving Branch Libraries When Alone for Restroom Use

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There are times at the Plant Pathology Library, Veterinary Medical Library, and Natural Resources Library in which you'll have to leave the library to go to the bathroom when there is no other student worker or staff member there. Because of the amount of time staff are in these locations and the fact that there are two students for evening and weekend shifts this should not be a common occurrence. If it does occur put out the sign which states you'll be back in five minutes, close the office doors, and be sure to be back in shortly. Be sure to stow your own valuables in the offices so that they are secure. This should not be a common occurrence but know that you are able to do so. For those of you who work in the Natural Resources Library please speak with Amy Gmur or Nick Fugate about what you should do if a patron wants an item retrieved from the closed stacks while you are alone. If you have any questions about this please let Nick Fugate know. If you need to know where the nearest bathroom is in Borlaug Hall, Hodson Hall, or in the Veterinary Sciences Building please ask staff there so you know where to go.

Checking In and Out Videos

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When checking out or returning a video, either a DVD or VHS, be sure to check that the actual disc or tape is inside the case so that we do not have something returned or checked out without the video in it. If you ever have an item returned without the video ask the patron, assuming they returned it to you by hand, where the video is otherwise give the case to me so that I may contact the patron. If there is no video inside a case at check out get the patron's name and tell them that if we locate the video we will put it on hold for them and direct them to use ILL to request the video and inform them that they should mention in their ILL request that the video is missing so that ILL does not tell them to check out our copy. Let Nick know if you have any questions.

NRL Backup Keys at Plant Pathology Library

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A set of backup keys for the Natural Resources Library have been put in the Plant Pathology Library. Ask Sarah or whoever is in Plant Pathology for the keys which will be at the Plant Pathology circulation desk by the fax machine. These keys should only be used in case you do not have your NRL keys with you which should not happen with any regularity. There is also a set for both Plant Pathology and Natural Resources in Magrath, but those keys too should only be used in an emergency. If you use these keys return them promptly to the appropriate library. If you have keys issued to you it is very important that you keep them safe and with you. If you ever have any issues with any keys including the Magrath opening keys let Steve or Nick know immediately.

Unbound journals

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Hey all,

Reminder: we do not circulate unbound journals, generally speaking. If the journal isn't bound (usually in red/grey/black/blue hardcover), and a block pops up when the patron tries to check it out, this item probably should not circulate. Please do not override any of these blocks -- come and ask Nick or me.

Thanks much, as always!

Elisabeth

Hold Shelf

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Hey everyone,

We've been having some issues with the hold shelf recently, so I wanted to write this post as a gentle reminder about our expectations.

  • When you check for expired holds, please be especially careful when looking at the ILL books. Be sure to double-check the month the item's hold falls off.
  • Please also make sure that the books on the hold shelf are properly alphabetized. We won't begrudge occasional mistakes, of course, but it's something we appreciate you being cognizant of.

Thank you, as always!

Elisabeth

Book removal at Magrath

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Hi all,

Just a reminder that the NRL student workers will be removing a bunch of items from our stacks in the upcoming weeks. As Nick mentioned, a significant number of books and journals are coming to us from EFW and Forestry, and we need to make room for them in our shelves.

If a patron needs a book and is not able to find it in the stacks, be sure to encourage them to request the item via GetIt -- that's the best bet of getting the book in a timely manner!

Finally, if patrons are concerned that we're removing books from our collection, please assure them that we're not getting rid of anything that isn't duplicated in the U of M Libraries system (for example, that is present in another library [e.g. Wilson or Walter] or to which we have online access).

Please don't hesitate to ask Nick or myself if you have any questions!

Happy almost spring break!!!

Elisabeth

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.

Cheers,

Elisabeth

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.

Cheers!

Elisabeth

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.

Cheers!

Elisabeth

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