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The minutes tick by
Feet tread the lonely pathway
Please take the gate counts

Just a reminder to take the gate counts every hour, on the hour through Saturday, June 2nd.

Saturday, June 9th

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Hey guys!
I reaaally need this shift to be taken! I am going to be involved in my brother's wedding this day & it'd be great if I got that day off! :) It's absolutely crucial for me to be there because in my culture, I'm known as the Maid of Honor! Please let me know if you're up for trade/drop!

Gao Yang

Memorial_Day_Title_1.pngWalter Library will be CLOSED on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.

Sunday again

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Sorry to ask this yet again, but I am hoping to get this Sunday off again. Its my birthday the next day and I'd like to have the whole 3 day weekend so I can travel to see my family and what not :) Its on the tradeboard, and I will happily take any shifts that I am able to.



Emergency Alert System testing: On Wednesday, May 23 - Friday, May 25, the UMN Department of Emergency Management will conduct a test of the Campus Wide Emergency Alert System (CWEAS). The system includes outdoor speakers that can convey both an alert tone and voice messages. Testing will begin each day at 8:00 am and will continue through 3:00 pm.

On Wednesday, tests will be conducted at East and West Bank locations (Minneapolis); on Thursday, at St. Paul campus locations, and on Friday, at all locations. Another testing at potentially all three areas of campus will occur on Monday June 4th.

When sounded, the speakers will first emit a short alert tone, followed by a voice message similar to: "Attention! This is a test of the University of Minnesota Campus-wide Emergency Alert System. This is only a test." The tests may or may not be audible to you if you are at your home or workplace close to campus.

If you have questions about the system or its testing, please feel free to contact Gary Hendrickson, UMN Department of Emergency Management, at (612) 626-1388, or

Gate counts

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Hi all,
I just wanted to add an addendum to Amy's Gate count post. As someone that opens or closes the library, it is part of your job to take the gate counts. I know in the May/Summer terms your schedule changes every few weeks, but if you are opening the library or are at the desk at 6, please put it in your mind that part of your procedure is to take the gate counts. After you empty the 24-hour bin or before you open the 2nd floor doors, take the gate counts. Especially on the weekend since no one is here to remind you.

Also, if the numbers on the gate aren't changing, you need to make sure the gate is plugged in. The Gate on the 2nd floor North side is plugged in under the Reference side of the 2nd floor desk, so pay attention to the numbers! If they don't change you need to plug the gate back in securely.

This is just a reminder. The gate counts come down to me to reporting, and if I don't have everybody's help, that makes my job all the harder.


Gate Counts

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Thumbnail image for gate counts.jpgPlease remember to record gate counts at opening and 6pm every day. Gate data is widely used for planning purposes.

Reminders will be posted.

Thank you!

2nd Floor Lights

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cherry picker.jpgThere will be electricians working on the large lights on the 2nd floor for the next 2 weeks. They will be using a mechanical lift to reach the lights. If a patron comes to the desk, needing a book which is blocked by the lift, follow these procedures:

1. Contact a supervisor or another available staff member.
2. This staff member will go into the room and get the electricians' attention.
3. If the electrician can stop and move the lift right away the staff member should quickly grab the book.
4. If the electrician cannot stop immediately, they will stop at their next point and notify the desk staff that they have moved so a staff person can grab the book (typically within 1 hour).

Another option would be to submit a Get-It request for the item which is temporarily unavailable. For faculty/staff suggest the office delivery option so they do not need to return to the library to pick up the item.

Sunday anyone?

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I would love it if I anyone could take my shift this Sunday, from 11:45-6:00. I understand we are short staffed right now, but there is a pretty important roller derby thing I would really like to attend on Sunday, so I would be SO grateful if someone could help me out!!! Its on the tradeboard, so snatch it up if you want it. Always willing to trade of course.


Hey guys! I have a shift from 12-5 on this upcoming Tuesday. Unfortunately, something has come up that requires my attendance, so if anyone can pick up this shift or offer a swap that would be awesome. Email me at if you have any questions.


chat phone2.jpgBeginning Monday, May 14 the Walter Reference Desk will not be staffed for the summer.

Although Reference staff won't be sitting at the desk, reference services will still be available.

If you are working at a desk and Reference assistance is needed contact a Reference staff member (via IM or phone). Contact Reference staff in this order: Charlie Heinz, Amy Neeser, Tony Ihrig. If they cannot be reached, contact any Reference Librarian.

The Reference phone calls will be forwarded to Charlie Heinz or Amy Neeser.

Please let a supervisor know if you have questions.

NRL.pngThe Entomology, Fisheries, & Wildlife (EFW) and Forestry libraries are being consolidated into a single new Natural Resources Library (NRL).

Beginning May 12th EFW and Forestry will be retired as a library pick up location in the drop down menu for Get It. NRL (Natural Resources Library) will be the new location code.

On Monday, May 14, 2012, the Natural Resources Library will open in Hodson Hall.

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many gate counts of forgotten yore.
While I sat at my computer, there came a student and a tutor,
A professor, a commuter, right on through the gates before.
"Tis half past three," I muttered, "And nothing more,"
"I'll take the counts again at four."

'Tis just a reminder to please take the hourly gate counts starting Sunday, May 6th through Saturday, May 12th. Thank you so much!

Exam Jam1.jpgStressed out about finals? Come study with us! Extra walk-in tutoring hours, review workshops, free practice exams, and a Saturday full of preparation and snacks in a relaxed atmosphere have all been planned for you.

EXAM JAM will take place at multiple campus locations, including the Walter SMART Commons (Room 204 Walter Library) this Saturday, May 5 from 1-5.


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