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Archive for February, 2010

MFA Theses Waiting to Be Shelved

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Hi all,

I just wanted to check in and ask for your help with shelving MFA theses: If you are on a Video Desk shift and you see MFA theses lined up on the counter (behind the chalkboard), this means they are in a queue waiting to be shelved.  If you could please take a moment to do this when there is downtime back there, it would be appreciated!

On a related note: We have been processing a lot of new theses lately, thanks to Sloan, Chris, and Ceili!  If you are shelving theses and find that it is getting very crowded in an area, please let me know.  The plan right now is to shift all of the theses again during the summer break, but we can make adjustments as necessary if we can’t hold out until then!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know.

Thank you in advance,


Faculty checkouts for course reserve movies

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Per Debra, faculty members can now check out course reserve movies overnight so that they can review them. They should check them out no earlier than 5:00 PM on the condition that they return them first thing when we open the next morning (or put them in the 1st floor dropbox before 9:30). Remember, faculty members can also do same-day checkouts of course reserve movies so that they can show them in class. If you have any questions, please ask Lillian. Thanks!

New Subscription Resource - BuildingGreen

Friday, February 19th, 2010

We have just acquired a new Subscription Database Resource -  This is a trial subscription (that will either last a month or the whole semester, I’m not sure).  It is on the Online Articles & Reference page under a new heading of Architecture & Interior Architecture Resources.

This resource does not require a username and password - it uses the proxy, so on campus you will be connected directly, and off campus users will need to enter their name and student/faculty id number.  I will be adding this resource to the IAD and Architecture Subject Guides as well.

I have moved the Avery Index link on the Online Articles page as well, to the new section for Architecture and IAD resources.
Please let me know if you have any questions.


Printer status update

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

After a long and arduous journey on Thursday, we once again have a working printer. However, this came at the cost of one of our color copiers. Basically, the IKON tech had to switch a part out of the color copier on the right and switch it with the non-working part in the printer. The new part will arrive next week, at which point we’ll once again have two working color copiers!

Heather S.

Turning off the faculty copier in room 601

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Closers, please shut down the copier in the faculty lounge/mailroom as part of your closing tasks every day. (We’ll leave it to the faculty members to turn it on in the morning.) Thanks!

Heather S.

Reshelving course reserve books

Monday, February 15th, 2010

We have been noticing a higher-than-usual incidence of misshelved course reserve books lately. I know that it’s been crazy busy, but misshelved books can make the crazy even crazier! Please take a few extra seconds to make sure that the place where you’re putting that course reserve book is the place where it actually belongs. Thanks!

Heather S.

Another Wireless Troubleshooting Tip

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

If the student is connected to the Wireless network, but the login page ( is not loading or if the student types in the username and password but it just takes them to the same login page, you can try resetting the cache.

In Safari go to History | Clear History

In Firefox go to Tools | Clear Recent History

This has worked for at least one student (on a Mac) - after she rebooted and cleared her history it started working.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Wireless in the Library

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

I have been contacting IT and MacHelp with all of the problems we have been having with the wireless network in the library.  Today it seems as though no one with a Mac laptop can connect.  John from MacHelp came up and showed me one troubleshooting thing we can try.  What is happening is that when the computer connects to the wireless sometimes the student hasn’t received an IP address before they open their browser.  If this happens the login screen cannot be loaded.

To see if this is the problem have the student open their System Preferences and click Network, on the top right it should say Connected Airport is connected to 180NMLibrary and has the IP address 10.10.X.X.

If there is no IP address or if the IP address does not start with 10.10 then click the Advanced button and then the TCP/IP tab.  Click the Renew DHCP Lease button - this should force the wireless network to assign the laptop with an IP address.

If they are not connecting to the login page, and it says that they have an IP address you can still try to reset the IP address by clicking the Renew DHCP Lease button and maybe they will then be able to connect.

Let me know if you have any questions.

If you want to see this process, I can show you on my computer in my office.

Feedback about hours

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Hi all,

I personally haven’t received any feedback, negative or positive, from students about our later opening time. But I imagine that some of you have! Please let me know, by whatever means seem appropriate, if you get feedback about this, and I will be keeping track. Also, please be sure to let students know that they can use the Mac Lab on the 4th floor until 10:30!

Heather S.

Theater Sound System Upgrade!

Monday, February 8th, 2010

There is a new configuration in the theater room for sound.  Chris from A/V has labeled it well, but here’s the deal:

We now set the sound for the computer on the stereo up front as well as for DVD or VCR.  The switchbox on top of the equipment case is gone, and the sound channel is now set with a dial on the front of the stereo amp (at the bottom of the equipment rack). There’s a separate channel each for DVD, VCR, and computer.  When letting students and faculty into the theater, make sure that the sound is set correctly as well as the video projector.

Take a look in the theater room when you have a moment, but I think it’s pretty clear.  Chris showed me when he finished setting it up, so ask me if you have any questions.