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News: November 2009 Archives

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.

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.


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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 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.....

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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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