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So just fyi...someone got stuck in the gold elevators today for 20 minutes or so. The security monitors and cops got the person out, and then they supposedly shut down the elevator for the weekend (according to patrons).

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So just fyi...someone got stuck in the gold elevators today for 20 minutes or so. The security monitors and cops got the person out, and then they supposedly shut down the elevator for the weekend (according to patrons). Exciting thanksgiving weekend, eh?

shift swap

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Hey! Could someone please take my shift on Saturday from 4-9? I would be extremely grateful!

shift swap

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Hey! Could someone please take my shift on Saturday from 4-9? I would be extremely grateful!

Sat. Nov 28

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Is there anyone who can cover all or part of my shift this Saturday? It's from 9:45-2:00. I'm going to Chicago for Thanksgiving and won't be able to come back any sooner than Sunday.

Monday Nov 30

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Hello! I am looking for someone to take my 6-midnight shift the Monday after Thanksgiving. I'll be in Michigan and my plane doesn't get back until Tuesday. Please let me know if you can help me out! You will get a lot of homework done! Thanks!

Shift Swap?

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Hey guys! I'm going home for Thanksgiving this weekend, and its like a 6 hour drive, so I was wondering if anyone could take my Sunday (6-midnight shift) or like the first half of it so I don't have to leave too early on Sunday, I know my parents would like me to go to church with them. Anyways, I'll try to pick up someone's shift if it works out with my schedule, or I will bake you something if you want. I just learned how to bake caramel apple pie ;)

Shift Swap?

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Hey guys! I'm going home for Thanksgiving this weekend, and its like a 6 hour drive, so I was wondering if anyone could take my Sunday (6-midnight shift) or like the first half of it so I don't have to leave too early on Sunday, I know my parents would like me to go to church with them. Anyways, I'll try to pick up someone's shift if it works out with my schedule, or I will bake you something if you want. I just learned how to bake caramel apple pie ;)

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

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Walter Science & Engineering Library

Wednesday, Nov. 25 - 8am - 6pm
Thursday, Nov. 26 & Friday, Nov. 27 - CLOSED

Regular Hours resume Saturday, Nov. 28

You will work your regular shifts on Wednesday, Nov. 25 except if your shift falls after 6pm. If you are looking for any other time off over the weekend, please secure a replacement as soon as possible.

Peer Research Consultants

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Research your Way to an A!

Need help getting started with your research paper?
Want an experienced student to help point you to the best sources?
See one of the Peer Research Consultants

The University of Minnesota Libraries Peer Research Consultants provide one-on-one assistance to develop research strategies needed to write an excellent research paper.

You can also find this info on our blog by clicking Policies and Procedures. Scroll down to SMART Learning Commons and click Peer Research Consultants.

We tabulated the results and some of you may be curious to know that Wednesday last week was the most popular day to study and do research in Walter Library, with 5,256 visits that day alone. Saturday was the least popular day with 868 visits. Most people came around the lunch hour. We had 356 visits at 12 PM and 370 visits at 1 PM. Thanks for all your hard work and good job with the consistent gate counts! Tune into the blog next time for more exciting, fascinating gate stats!

Poor Book

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Jon Jeffreys found this in the stacks in this condition. That's not normal wear and tear! More like excessive tear and tear. I'm trying to fathom why anyone would do this. Mentally deranged or very angry. Sniff.

Materials placed on the RESERVE shelves behind our circulation desk should always have labeling that distinguishes them from non-reserve materials.

DVDs and VHS tapes will have a RESERVE sticker and a length of loan sticker. The length of loan sticker will usually say either 2 Hour Loan, No Overnight or 3 Hour Loan, No Overnight.

Once in a great while we might have a DVD or VHS tape that the instructor wants to circulate for 3 days or go out overnight after 4pm. Currently, we have one or two items with each of these rare loan periods on the RESERVE shelves. I have placed additional marking on these rarer loan period items, green tape to signal 3 day loan and length of loan stickers saying Overnight loan OK.

RESERVE books also have these additional markings to distinguish them from books shelved in the regular collection. You will find RESERVE stickers on the spine and/or blue or green tape to signal 2 hour loan or three day loan.

If a patron tells you an item without these markings belongs on the RESERVE shelves please show the item to Priscilla before placing it there.

Work Availability Sheets

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Work Availability Sheets for Finals Week and Winter Break are posted on the bulletin board. Please complete and turn in by Monday, November 30th. Thank you.

Shelving Accuracy

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This last week, shelving accuracy was checked. The goal for the U of M libraries to meet is 98%. Currently in Walter library, we are at 85%.

I would like everyone to go over LCEasy again as a review. When you have scored 100% on the quiz in LCEasy, please print it off and put it in Mary's box. Please do LCEasy in your next Shelving hour before you start to shelve. If you do not have any shelving hours scheduled, please work on LCEasy at the desk when you are able to. If you have any questions please talk to Mary.

Thank you

Hourly Gate Counts

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We will be recording Hourly Gate Counts Sunday, November 8 - Saturday, November 14. Forms will be placed at each desk. Thanks for your help!

Reviews

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During the next week or so you will be contacted by a supervisor to set up a time for your work review. Reviews are done each semester and give us a time to meet one-on-one to go over progress as well as address any concerns or questions you have. Most likely this will be scheduled during one of your shifts.

You may have seen the green "It all adds up" stickers on campus and wondered what it was about. The University of Minnesota is committed to reduce annual campus energy usage by 5 percent by the end of 2010. A 5 percent reduction will save the University $2.25 million each year and result in 25,000 fewer tons of CO_2 being released into the atmosphere. The libraries are taking an active part in this goal and looking at ways to reduce what we use here. The Greening the Libraries project purpose is to reduce the carbon footprint, foster an eco-friendly workplace, and support the University's goals and objectives in this area.

If you have ideas, please let us know or pass it on to the Greening the Libraries committee at Greeningthelibraries@umn.edu They would love to hear ideas that you have.

An update now on the earlier post about Walter Gate Counts. The previous record for most gate counts in a month was October 2008 with 95,873. Well, I've just tallied this last October and the result is.....

(Drum roll)

And we smashed the record with 105,188! Huzzah! That's a lot of people coming into the library! Tuesday took over as the busiest day with an average of 5,169 visits. Thanks to everyone for the diligent gate counts!

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