From the library suggestion box. . .

Some recent suggestions/comments from the library suggestion box:

Hi Librarians, Please post signs telling students not to come in to work (or hang out) in the library if they are sick.  It is difficult for the rest of us to concentrate when others are constantly sniffing or sneezing or coughing all over the place.  Today (10/14) there must be at least a dozen people in here who should be working at home, or resting up to get better! I like working at the library, but I don’t want to get sick.  I figure a few prominently placed signs with little sick people logos and the message “If you have a cough or a cold, please go home, or work someplace else” would maybe do the trick. Thank you.

We know that all that noise is distracting, but even during the flu season, sniffing, sneezing and coughing is not against our Library Use and Conduct Code.  We do try to do our part by having lots of antibacterial gel around and encouraging its use.  And it’s not just library facilities that sick students should be discouraged from visiting, but other campus locations as well.  Perhaps this is something that would be more appropriate to bring up with the Health Education Staff (studenthealth@ucsd.edu) at Student Health Services to see what a possible strategy might be.

More school spirit in the basement (computer lab) maybe wall decoration. Thanks.

Thanks for the suggestion – it’s something we will consider.

Students need to PRINT.  If 2-5 computers were specifically designated for printing (with a 10 minutes maximum), it would be really beneficial to the students.  The printers in the library would, subsequently, need more maintenance, but the accessibility for students would be a tremendous help.

We recognize that students do need to Print and because of that, we have printers available in every library, with four in Geisel alone.  Generally the busiest one is the one near the Info Desk near Geisel’s entrance.  If there is a line there, remember you can print using any of the print stations found elsewhere – ask at the Info Desk where the others are located.  There is usually no waiting at the one in the S&E Library.

Scratch paper box by the printers in the ACS computer lab instead of the recycle bin, and allow students to take from the scratch paper box.  (probably good to have a “take as needed” sign by the box)

Thanks for the idea. We will forward your suggestion to ACMS.

I noticed on the board someone suggested vending machines outside.  I say have vending machines INSIDE!! At least the drink one with bottled water. PLEASE it would be very much appreciated.

This is something we’re looking into, but we’ll send your additional suggestion (vending machines inside)
to our director of administrative services.

Fix the computers in the computer lab! Almost half of them are not working for almost a month!

Sorry about that.  It’s never good to have so many computers down at one time.  We’ll send your “suggestion” to ACMS.

The walls in the group study rooms on the upper floors are remarkably porous.  So on a quiet floor, conversations in the study rooms are heard easily.  How about a sign in the room: “Walls are not soundproof.  Please keep your conversations as quiet as you can.”

We know that sound bleeds out of these rooms and we actually did have signs in the rooms which more or less said what you’re saying.  We will check the rooms and repost the signs.

Elevator music.

Sorry, there’s enough noise in the building already, even in the elevators.  So, we’re not going there.  And who wants to listen to bad renditions of Beach Boys songs anyway?

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Submit your comments & suggestions

You can submit comments in the Suggestion Box in the Geisel Library building (between the Information and Reference Desks) or online at http://libraries.ucsd.edu/suggestions.html

You can also recommend a title for our collection online at http://libraries.ucsd.edu/collections/help-build-our-collections/recommend-a-purchase.html

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24/7 CLICS

Study by moonlight! During 10th week and finals week (11/29 – 12/10) CLICS will be open 24/7.  Library hours

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International Education Week 2010

Visit the UC San Diego Libraries’ International Education Week display in the Geisel Library building. International Education Week is from November 15 through the 19th. In addition to interesting facts and statistics, UC San Diego students and visiting international students share their study abroad experiences. The display also highlights materials (both print and online) that can help you explore international education opportunities and learn about other countries and cultures– http://libguides.ucsd.edu/iew

Also, in honor of UC San Diego’s 50th Anniversary, the display includes historical images and news about the International Center and study abroad programs.

Ground breaking at the International Center, 1969

Ground breaking at the International Center, 1969

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The week is dedicated to enhancing international awareness across the UC San Diego campus as well as to reinforcing the importance of the exchange of students and scholars across borders. For more events on campus— http://iew.ucsd.edu/calendar.html

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Rock the Vote! But first get informed. . .

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, November 2nd!  For more information about the elections check out the following sites:

California Voter Guide

Smart Voter

California Choices

Ballot Pedia

Easy Voter Guide

Find out where you go to vote.

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From the library suggestion box. . .

Some recent suggestions/comments from the library suggestion box:

Bring back the campus delivery between libraries of books! At least for grad students & professors who use and rely on Roger for this important service.

The Libraries’ decision to discontinue this service was precipitated by cuts to the Libraries’ budget. Before we made the decision, we consulted with several campus groups, including the Academic Senate Representative  Assembly, the Academic Senate Committee on the Library, and the Campus Budget Committee. While each group recognized that elimination of a service like this would create hardships for the campus community, they also recognized that the Libraries’ budget situation has forced us to make service cuts that we would otherwise not make. Our reduced budget and staffing levels require that we reduce or eliminate some services in order to retain others.  For more, please see:  http://libraries.ucsd.edu/budgetcutsFAQ/index.html

Please stay open later! ♥ ♥ Some of us are night owls.

We would love to stay open later, but at this time we don’t have the funding to allow us to do so.  Please note that CLICS does stay open until 1am most nights.

How about vending machines outside? Or a “snack bar” with bottled drinks?

Thanks for the suggestion.  This has been forwarded to the head of our administrative services for consideration.

Guest have to pay too much for printing.

Others have had the same reaction to our price model, but in all fairness, the Libraries budget has been cut significantly over the past few years.  To maintain the current printing system and to prevent our costs from rising, last year we made the decision to charge guests of UCSD more so that we could keep the costs to UCSD community members at the same rate.

There are students who had exams on 4 sept yet the library was closed. How is this putting students interests 1st?? Why wasn’t it kept open even with a skeleton staff?? During exams the library is very important for studying and research even at the last moment!!

Sorry about that.  We will monitor the summer session Finals schedule more closely next time.

You can submit comments in the Suggestion Box in the Geisel Library building (between the Information and Reference Desks) or online at http://libraries.ucsd.edu/suggestions.html

You can also recommend a title for our collection online at http://libraries.ucsd.edu/collections/help-build-our-collections/recommend-a-purchase.html

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Holocaust Living History Workshop: Living with History

Join us to hear local Holocaust survivors share their stories of struggle and survival. At these presentations, members of the campus community and the public will have the opportunity to meet the survivors and hear their stories. All events are free and open to the public!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010, Geisel Library, Seuss Room, 5:00 pm
Gussie Zaks, a survivor of five concentration camps who lost her parents and six siblings in the Holocaust shares her story of struggle and survival.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010, Geisel Library, Seuss Room, 5:00 pm

Kurt Shuler from Germany and Fanny Krasner-Lebowits from Latvia talk about life under a totalitarian regime and how they escaped. They are introduced by Professors Deborah Hertz and Amelia Glaser.

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Fall Quarter RefWorks Workshops

Learn how to use RefWorks to organize your references and instantly format your research papers, articles, and other publications using APA, MLA and hundreds of other writing styles. The 90 minute session will cover:

  • creating a RefWorks account
  • introduction to RefWorks’ interface and help resources
  • 3 different ways to import references from databases/catalog into RefWorks
  • creating a bibliography
  • using Write-N-Cite to insert and format references in your paper.

Classes located in Biomedical Library, Computer Classroom:

  • Wednesday, September 22, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 16, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Classes located in Geisel Library, Library Classroom 1 (Room 274):

  • Wednesday, October 6, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 28, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Register for a workshop today!

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Geisel Library Welcome Week Tours

The Geisel Library Building contains 4 of the 9 UC San Diego libraries: Arts, Mandeville Special Collections, Science & Engineering, and Social Sciences & Humanities.

  1. Visit the building and find all 9 tour spots
  2. Read about the tour location and answer the question
  3. Enter your answers to enter the raffle
  4. Win awesome prizes! Prizes include: 1 iPod shuffle, 5 $15 Amazon.com gift cards, 5 $20 Trader Joe’s gift cards, and 5 $20 Target gift cards.

Pick up a tour handout at the entrance of the Geisel Library Building during Welcome Week (starting 9/20). Have questions? Contact us!

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A Vampire of One's Own

Can Bella Swan from the Twilight saga be the new Eve? In conjunction with our Guilty Pleasures exhibit, join us as literature professor Lisa Lampert-Weissig examines themes of forbidden desire, free will and equality in the Twilight books, Paradise Lost and Frankenstein.

Tuesday, August 24th
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library building
no RSVP required

Refreshments will be provided!

A Vampire of One's Own

Trash or Treasure?

Check out Professor Lampert-Weissig’s interview on These Days on KPBS–  Why All the Vampires?

Interested in researching vampires in literature? Check out this guide created by Rob Melton, librarian for literature and cultural studies.

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From the library suggestion box. . .

Some recent suggestions/comments from the library suggestion box:

There are ants at the comptuer terminals periodical and soc sci. 1) change the food policy- create a food only area. Or 2) strictly enforce current policy
Have you noticed ants in the basement? There are attracted to food. Food should be eliminated at the library as it was enforced a few years ago.

Please report any ant sightings to the nearest service desk and we will report these to our Facilities staff. At this time, we are not going to change our food & drink policy nor increase enforcement.

Have you thought about a webcam for the raven nest? If so that would be interesting.
Yes, we have considered this – wouldn’t it be fun to have our own Molly and McGee – but in this current budget climate and with our reduced staffing, we are not exploring this at this time.

Provide a shredder please!
We will consider this.

The copy system here sucks. SDSU doesn’t charge non-Aztec users extra. But here, if you aren’t a triton you pay!!
Lots of people have had the same reaction to our price model, but in all fairness, the Libraries budget has been cut significantly over the past few years. To maintain the current printing system and to prevent our costs from rising, last year we made the unpleasant decision to charge guests of UCSD more so that we could keep the costs to UCSD community members at the same rate.

Change the policy that allows playing games on the computers for hours during finals, especially if the person is NOT A STUDENT!
Our policy is “Priority is given to those doing library research.” If all the workstations are in use, game playing is not allowed even if the person is a student. Let a staff member know and we will let the person know our policy.

Staplers and holepunchers downstairs in the ACS Lab!!!

We will forward your suggestion to ACMS, who maintain the labs.

The library proudly displayed posters against “hate” not so long ago. This past week getting to the library via “Library walk” I felt intense hate towards as a Jew. I hope the library will do its part to prevent a wall of hate & lies in the future.
We’re sorry you had that experience. Despite its name, space and events on Library Walk are administered by the campus. According to UCSD’s Policy on Speech and Advocacy, the University is committed to assuring that all persons may exercise the constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech, assembly, and worship. The Center for Student Involvement has some suggestions for how to express your message if you disagree with the content of a student-sponsored event or program — http://bit.ly/9V13sh. The Libraries are strongly committed to providing and maintaining safe and welcoming spaces for all students and other library patrons. If you or anyone you know witnesses or experiences a hostile act in any of the Libraries, please notify Library staff immediately.

You can submit comments in the Suggestion Box in the Geisel Library building (between the Information and Reference Desks) or online at http://libraries.ucsd.edu/suggestions.html

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