A message from the University Librarian, Wendy Lougee:
Today marks the 20 year anniversary of the Halloween Blizzard in 1991! Let's hope we have a safe and uneventful year in terms of the weather. I thought I'd take a moment to share the official communication procedures of the University of Minnesota and the University Libraries during inclement weather.
Libraries staff should listen to WCCO Radio (830 AM) for official University closing information. Details also will be posted on the University's website homepage.
In the event the University Twin Cities campus does close for weather-related or other events, University administration will send an email to all Twin Cities faculty, staff, and students with details about the closing. The University Librarian's main phone number (612-624-4520) will have a voice mail message repeating the official closing information.
The University Librarian's Office will send a Libraries "allstaff" email confirming the campus closing. Supervisors of student staff should forward the message or otherwise attempt to contact students as appropriate.
Staff who work weekend and evening shifts should call the University Librarian's main number (612-624-4520) if they believe the University may be closed or closing on the day of their shift. Supervisors of student staff should alert students about these procedures.
The University also has a text-messaging system (TXT-U) which sends text messages to individual's cell phones. This is a subscription service. To learn more about the system and/or sign up for alerts, click HERE. If you have any questions about communications procedures, please speak with your supervisor.