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Incident Report

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Hi all,

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.

Happy almost-break!


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.

Book theft at BioMed and potential media attention


**EDIT: Please check out the comments of this entry as well!**

Hey everyone,

If you haven't heard/seen already, there is an ongoing investigation regarding several cases of book theft at the BioMed library. Here are some links to the story in the news:

Just in case on the off chance that we get anyone -- from the media or otherwise -- coming to Magrath and asking about this story, please come and grab Steve, Nick, or myself. If we're not around, let the individual(s) know that we are not allowed to comment on ongoing investigations.

Thanks much,


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.


Seizure awareness

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Hi all,

Here's an interesting reminder from the Epilepsy Foundation of MN about the prevalence of epilepsy, even on our own campus. Please take a moment to read through this letter and surf around on the Epilepsy Foundation's website.

One final note: Magrath does have a defibrillator in case it is needed. It's located outside of the library proper, across from the display cases in the library entrance-way. I hope we'll never have an occasion to use it, but if we do, that's where you'll find it.

If you have any safety-related questions, always feel free to ask us! It's always better to be informed of procedures ahead of time, rather than trying to figure them out during an emergency . . .



Non-emergency building problems -- contact list

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Hello everyone,

As most of you know, this weekend there was a problem with Magrath's main elevator -- for some reason it wasn't functioning properly, and it had to be closed off for the entire weekend. Thanks to Leonie for reporting this problem.

If you are ever working a solo shift -- evening, weekend, weekday when all full-time staff are gone -- and you have a similar non-emergency building problem, here is the call "chain of command":

  1. First, call University Facilities Management at 612-624-2900 (or 4-2900 from the Circulation phone).

  2. f no one answers, or if the response is unsatisfactory, next call Bernadette Corley Troge. Her home number -- which you should try first -- is 651-488-9820; her cell is 612-202-4681; and her pager is 612-640-1774.*

  3. After the problem has been resolved/a decision has been made as to how to proceed, please give Steve, Nick, Perry, and myself a quick notification via email regarding the problem and any decisions that have been made.

What sorts of problems will you need these numbers for?

  • No electricity in the building

  • Elevator issues (like we had this weekend!)

  • Minor water leaks

If you have any questions at all regarding the emergency procedures for Magrath Library, please be sure to consult our Building Emergency Procedures binder (small white binder with green paper liners; located by the telephone and phone books).

As always, if you have any questions at this point in time, please be sure to ask Steve, Nick, Perry, or myself -- we're always happy to help!

Thanks again,



* For instructions on contacting someone via pager, see Don't worry, I didn't know how to do this before looking it up, either!

Display Case

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Hey everyone,

This is a reminder post about the small display box across from the Circulation Desk. (The display is currently about cows -- if you haven't seen it yet, you should check it out!) The items in the display case are available for check-out; this key is in the lock box with the others.

If a patron does ask to check out an item on display, please be careful when opening the case. Please hold on to the door as you open it -- otherwise it could swing forward fairly quickly and the glass could shatter.

If you have any questions about the display case -- or just need to see the case in order to understand how it works (I'm right there with you) -- please come and ask Nick, Perry, or me. We're always happy to answer questions!

Thanks, as always!


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