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Matthew Pekuri: September 2009 Archives


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Please use the link above when referring library users to other service points. When you can't answer a patron's question and they need to go to another location (ex. Wilson), fill out and submit on behalf of the user the form for the corresponding location (or use IM, if available).

Here are a few reminders:

Name is PATRON Name

Question: Be sure in the question field to identify yourself by name and detail what you have already searched.

Email: USER email address.

Selecting submit sends the question to the service point QuestionPoint email account AND to the user. The service point will handle the request from here! If you have questions, comments or concerns please contact Cody ( or Mary ( of the RRC.

Please leave your initials in the comments to indicate you've read this.

Walter History

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Do you ever get patrons asking about the history of the building? Or they want to know what stones were used in its construction? Or how about, what's the oldest building on campus?

Well, here are some old documents about Walter library, including how it was constructed, who designed it, and what materials were used. Courtesy of the Digital Conservancy:

Walter Library Dedication.pdf

Library Handbook 1923.pdf

The Library 1925.pdf

The reference staff provides some interesting articles about the library's renovation on the Sci/Eng site:

Walter renovation

Renovation article

Also, here is a link that provides some history on the oldest buildings on campus. It's a part of the University's Heritage Trail website. Check out the heritage trails on the website for more cool information.

Oldest buildings on campus

As some of you may know, our circulation unit here in Walter has a new blog. The blog is meant to be a vehicle for communication between us supervisors with you, the students, as well as a means for everyone to communicate with each other. For example, if there is some Walter news we would like to share with you, we'll post it here. We'll also let you know if there some policy or procedure changes. This blog will replace the desk newsletter and Amy's emails. By subscribing to the blog's notifier, news and tidbits will be posted on the blog for posterity and emailed to you at the same time. For some library news, we'll want to be sure you've read the item. In those cases, we'll ask you to leave a comment for those entries indicating you've read it. Leaving your initials as a comment would work.

The blog will also provide you the means to communicate with us and each other. All of you have the ability to write entries and leave comments on entries. For example, say you have some questions about a new procedure, you can post those questions in the form of comments. Or say you want someone to take your shift that you posted on the bulletin board. You can create an entry asking if anyone's interested in your shift. This saves you from emailing everyone. We also would like to encourage everyone to post entries of general interest. If there's a news story, article, pictures, or websites you think are interesting and would like to share with everyone, please feel free to share. They don't have to be library related. We're interested in anything to keep things entertaining.

The blog is also meant to be a resource for when you're at the desk. We've all had times when a patron asks a weird question and we've scrambled to find an answer on the library or university websites. Well, we're trying to make answering those questions easier by including information and links on the blog. Information such as, what computer programs are in the computer lab, or where is the nearest value port other than Walter, etc. We've included helpful things, like the staff contact list and the current work schedule. The information is held in the blog's "pages." The pages are categorized, and by clicking on each page, you'll be presented with a list of topics. Click the topics to learn more. We have a lot stuff in there already and are working to add more, but if there's anything you feel we're missing, let us know. Also, if you feel the information could be organized better, let us know. This resource is for you and we want it to be as useful as possible.

We've included some helpful, important links at the top of the sidebar. The entries are organized in the categories listed in the sidebar. If you want to see all the procedures-related entries, you can click on the "procedures" category. The entries are also archived by month in the drop down menu and in the sidebar calender. Click on a day in the calender to see what was published on that day.

We hope you'll find the blog useful and fun to read. Tune in here for updates. If you have any questions, let us know. Have fun!


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