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Archive for November, 2009

New loan rule for stock photo & sound CDs

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Since the stock photo and sound CDs are no longer the hot commodity that they once were, we have decided to make the loan rule on these items one day instead of same day. From here on out, they will be due at close the day after they are checked out (just like movies). Fines on these items will still be $1/day. Please let me know if you are seeing inconsistencies with checkout times or fine assessment!

Heather S.

Yerba Buena Gardens-New Designated Safe Zone for 180 New Montgomery

Friday, November 20th, 2009

In an emergency, 180 New Montgomery students, faculty, and staff will now exit through the stairs, cross Howard Street to the opposite side of the fire department, turn right on 3rd Street, and then enter Yerba Buena Gardens. We will no longer meet at the previous designated area of Howard and Hawthorne. In the case of an emergency never use the elevators- always exit the building using the stairs found near Heather Stenson’s office. If anyone has any questions please speak with Heather Cummins – 6th floor safety warden.

Everyone should have received the emergency preparedness training video in his or her AAU email. Please take the time to watch it.

Music CDs

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

We’ve just gotten our first music CD, the Horse Whisperer soundtrack! For the time being, music CDs are going to be kept in the bottom drawer of the left cabinet. (This will change later as we get more CDs, but they’ll be here for the remainder of this semester.) They are one day checkouts and the fine is $1/day. Debra had to create a new loan rule for these, so we are going to test it to make sure it’s working correctly by checking it out to “Mildred Pierce,” our test Millennium account. We should know by Friday whether or not everything’s correct. If, though, a REAL person wants to check this CD out in the meantime, go ahead and let them. Just make sure that they know it’s a one day checkout and fines are $1 per day. Right now, the CD is in the basket behind the Circ Desk.Heather S.

Check CD-ROMs for OS 9 requirement…

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

There are some CD-ROMs that we have for student checkout that require Mac OS 9.  I didn’t realize it until a student asked about one today, but unless they have an older Mac or some other access to OS 9 somewhere else, these will not be useable in the library.  Our oldest Macs here do not have OS 9 capability anymore.


Printer tray identity crisis!

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

The top paper tray (#1) in the student library printer refuses to answer to “LTR”, and insists that we refer to it from now on as “B5″.  No amount of cajoling or pleading was effective this evening (Tuesday 11/17). Please don’t encourage it! Maybe we could keep this top tray empty until we can schedule a session for it.


WWD is now Working!

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

WWD is now working.  Please let me know if you see anything strange or anything that isn’t working, as I can pass that info onto WWD.

When you click the link from the Online Articles and Reference page, you will be taken to an intermediary page on WWD’s website.  You click the blue button that says Step 1, and then the blue button that says Step 2, and then you will be redirected to

Let me know if you have any questions.


New Wireless Network Name - Starting 11/17!

Monday, November 16th, 2009

The IT department came by en masse Monday afternoon to put in our new wireless equipment. They are going to start up all the new stuff tonight after we’re closed, so we won’t see any changes until Tuesday morning. Besides the good changes, like more people being able to log in at once, there’s one more big change:
The wireless network will now be named “180NMLibrary” instead of “AAULibrary.” Username (aaustudent) and password (student) are remaining the same.

I’ll be putting up some signs tomorrow morning alerting students that this has been updated!

Heather S.

New-to-us book drop!

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Hi all,

Our first floor book drop has been becoming increasingly unreliable (parts breaking, the platform tipping and letting books fall through, etc). Since the 180 bookdrop is the one that gets the most use, the solution for now is to switch out our old, sad one with one of the shiny new ones from another building! Business Ops set up the new one up this afternoon, and switched out the locks so that we can still use our same key to lock and unlock it.

This one is a different model - slim! streamlined! - but it should still hold about the same number of books. However, if when you are getting the books in the mornings you see that it’s over-full, we could start checking the drop twice per day. The lock is on the top back of the unit, and as far as I can tell, to open it you need to unlock it, put your arm in the drop, and open it from below (this will make more sense when you’re looking at it - probably). Let me know if you’re encountering any problems with this.

Heather S.

New Study Carrels

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Hi all,

We are getting new seating! Yeah! I ordered study carrels for the quite side of the library, primarily to increase the number of seats in that area. So there will be 18 double sided carrels, or 36 seats on the quite side of the library. These have been shipped and are scheduled to arrive at the end of next week. Business ops is scheduled to put them together and in place on Monday November 23rd. I asked that they do so at 8 am as we tend to not be very busy at that time.
We are also getting new tables for the group side. They have been ordered but they take about 4 weeks to ship so we should have them by the end of this semester but it may be Spring semester before they are up.


Library Signage

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Hi everyone,

I would like to change the verbage of the signs above the Reference Desk and the Circulation Desk to help students choose the right desk to approach. Hope and I were talking about a few other signs we would like to see changed either in wording or design (font color and size) and I thought I would ask for input from everyone. Do you like the library signs as they are? Are there specific signs that you would like to see changed? Any suggests/comments are welcome. Hope and I will be working on this until the end of the semester and will plan to put up any new signs in January for next year.

There is a rather pedantic book in my office titled “Sign Systems for Libraries” from 1979 if anyone would like to peruse it for ideas…