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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2 comments for “From the library suggestion box. . .”

On October 20, 2010, 6:35 PM Alison said:

I understand that your funding has been cut. I think it would be feasible to stay open later with less of a staff to pay. Those of us who are studying here late usually only need the space rather than librarian help. Yes, someone to check out books is necessary but there are many desk attendants in other areas of the library who sit idley or do their own work whose hours could be cut in order to save money. How is it that San Diego State University can recieve cuts to their budget and still provide a 24/7 study area and UC San Diego (top research university) can only stay open until midnight? They have different hours for each distinct area of the library. This is a more fiscally responsible way of managing a poor library.

On November 4, 2010, 8:54 AM gasingh said:

Hi Alison,

We tried to minimize the impact of the budget cuts. Prior to making the decision to reduce hours in any of the library facilities, we conducted a thorough review of traffic and usage levels at all the libraries, relative to the associated costs and staffing requirements. That review demonstrated that our use levels are lowest on the weekends and late at night. Consequently, it is during those periods—in Biomed, CLICS, Geisel, the Medical Center Library, and SIO—that we have carried out our initial reductions.

At SDSU, the students voted themselves a library use fee starting in 2002 that funds their 24/7 space. Each student pays a library use fee that supports, among other things, extended library hours and keeping one area of the library open 24 hours a day when classes are in session. The library use fee caps this fall, 2010, at $25/semester. So at SDSU, each student is now paying $25/semester to support library services like keeping parts of their library open 24/7.

There is a 24/7 study space in the Price Center East for most of the week. Their hours are:
M-Th 24 hrs
Fri 24 hrs – 2:30am
Sat 7:30am – 2:30am
Sun 8am – 24 hrs

best,
gayatri singh
ucsd social sciences & humanities library

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