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July 2010 Archives

The schedules for Summer Break are ready to be picked up in Mary's office. This schedule will start on Friday, August 6. We have worked out a week by week schedule, so keep an eye on the days assigned.

Shifts!

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Hi everyone,

Next Thursday I was planning on packing up all of my things and moving to Canada. As a result, I need someone to cover all or even just part of my shifts on Thursday, August 5 (11-3) and Friday, August 6 (11-3). I can, and will, bribe you with cookies, bars or furniture that is deemed to large to move. (Anyone want a glider/rocker?) Please let me know as soon as possible if you can help!

Thanks,
Christina

christy.schipper@gmail.com
319-610-4790

Shelving Updates

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I understand that the shelving is a bit chaotic right now, but I just wanted to go over a few reminders for standard practice when shelving.

-If the item does not fit on the shelf bring the item back to Mary. I need to know that the area needs to be shifted. Do not just leave the book on top of the books on the shelf.

-Watch the call numbers of ends of shelves. Currently with the bottom shelf missing, the item you need to shelve may belong there. If you think that it might, bring it back to be held to be shelved later after the bottom shelves are replaced. We could end up with VERY MESSY STACKS if books are shelved on the 2nd to bottom row when they belong on the bottom row. Take your time and watch the call numbers.

Thank you for all the hard work everyone has been doing. Remember these tips and we should continue to do well.

Level F Access

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ucardfronttilted.jpgBeginning at 5pm tonight, the Library Elevator will stop accessing Level F. Staff will need to swipe their U Card to get to Level F using this elevator. Once Level F reopens to the public the elevator will be switched back.

Please let us know if you have questions.

Jack Hammering

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2.gifA message from Kristia: As some may have noticed there is aloud noise on the Sub-Basement Level, which is traveling up to the Basement, 1st Floor & 2nd Floors. This noice is due to some Jack Hammering being done in a Mechanical space on the Sub-Basement. FM is working on repairing a part that helped contribute to the recent flood on the Foundation Level.

I apologize for the late notice, but I just found out when I heard the noise.

Jack Hammering will continue until about 2:30 today. It will also continue through most of the day tomorrow.

Question/Concerns? Please contact me. ~Kristia

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Enjoy a cold treat! $1 smoothies at the Wise Owl Cafe in Walter Library on Tuesday, July 20. The Wise Owl is open 8am-2pm. What a deal!

ISO Standards search

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Hey everyone. Since we've had a couple standards questions lately--when the ref librarians are gone--look at what I found:

http://sciweb.lib.umn.edu/test/Sciweb/iso/

It's the ISO search engine used by the ref staff! FYI, I found this through their blog. So, hope it comes handy for us too. (It's funny that this didn't occur to me--or that no librarians told me--when I helped them create the ISO spreadsheet last summer.) Oh well. Yippee for us^-^

-Lysa

Extra hours

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To anyone that is interested in additional hours, I listed three shifts next week on the sign up sheet. The dates are Mon (7/19), Tues (7/20), and Wed (7/21) 5-9 PM. Please let me know if you're interested in taking the hours. Thank you!

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Staff access to Level F has been restored. Please shelve and page the Get-Its accordingly.

No Access to Level F

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no access.pngBeginning at 3pm today (Thursday, July 8) Level F will be closed to staff. The contractors are going to wrap the books and sand the walls in preparation for painting on Friday. Level F should be accessible on Friday but we will keep you posted. Please continue to refer users to Get-It for these materials. Thank you!

Get It Searches

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Thank you everyone for your hard work in paging the Get It Requests. I just want to remind everyone that when an item is not found to please mark on the sheet NOS for Not On Shelf and place the slip in Mary's box. Also right now with the extra places to look for items, if you are not able to locate the item due to the location being on a bottom shelf or from a stack that has been moved, please make that note on the slip. The extra notes on the slips help me with my follow up searches.

Also, there are sheets by the shelving recording sheet that lists what call numbers are down each aisle. Also listed on the sheet is a break down of what call numbers are in 204, 206, 208, Basement, and Sub-Basement. If you have questions, please ask.

Thanks,
Mary

Hourly Gate Counts

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We will be recording Hourly Gate Counts Sunday, July 4 - Saturday, July 10. Forms will be placed at each desk.
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Thanks for your help!

June Gate Counts

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The total number of gate counts for June was 24,353. That's down from 25,629 from last year, June. I don't have any excuses that would explain the drop. Usually, I can find that we were closed an extra day or classes ended early, and that would explain the difference in numbers. All year, we've seen a pretty stable increase in gate counts per month over last year. This is the first month to defy that trend. I guess the library isn't as popular this summer compared to last year. Thanks to everyone for meticulous gate counts!

CLOSED July 5

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Walter Library will be CLOSED on Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day. Enjoy the day off!

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