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Archive for September, 2010

180 Magazine

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

I spoke with Melissa Lai from Fashion and she told me that they did not publish a sufficient number of 180 Magazine to give or sell to students. They are primarily published to give to industry folks looking for information on our program and students. We do have one copy behind the circ desk that students can view here in the library. They are not for sale anywhere. Melissa asks that we point students to the fashion blog if they are asking about 180 Magazine. We link to the Fashion Department blog on the Library blog. It is the first entry under the “Websites and Blogs” heading on the right hand side of the page.

Debra

One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Alright, the credit card swipe on the copy card dispenser is working! The machine will dispense new cards with the swipe of a credit card and students can add value to their cards with a credit card as well! I am keeping my fingers crossed that this actually works, i.e. actually charges their credit card, and will continue to work. Currently, the copy card dispenser in the Mac Lab is not taking credit cards but it is just a matter of resetting the IP address and a few configuration changes, WE THINK, so I will work on that this afternoon or tomorrow morning and keep you abreast of developments.

Debra

zooming in and out on a mac!

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

So one of the most common problems we get with the mac is when a student accidentally rests their arm on the keyboard or something and boom, EXTREME CLOSEUP zoom.  This becomes problematic since turning the computer off doesn’t always fix it, but there is an easy fix for this.  If you ever encounter a mac computer with this issue, just hit control, options, and 8 at the same time and presto, zoomed out and normal.

-Jimmy

Card encoder kaput!

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Hi all,

Our card encoder (the happy little machine that sang us songs while we put money on blank copy cards) bit the dust on Thursday evening. We’re working on getting something else lined up, but it may take a few days. But all is not lost! We have been told by ITC that any card reader can also encode cards, provided that we have the master card. Which we do! It’s the grey card that says cash! So, for right now, we can encode cards on the card reader at the Print Pay Station if necessary - just put in the $1 master card, and then encode away. Unfortunately, this card reader doesn’t work for units, so it can’t read or encode the copy cards that teachers and staff use for the color copiers. If we do end up running out of these cards, we can encode them right now with $35, which is essentially the same as giving them a card with 35 units on it.

Heather S.

We are no longer subscribing to Adforum.

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Our Adforum account expired, and we did not renew it, as very few students ever used this resource.

We are looking into possibly subscribing to AdAge or possibly another advertising resource.

The link to Adforum is still on the  Online Articles & Reference page, with a note letting students know that we no longer subscribe to this resource, but they can still sign up for a free account with Adforum.

Let me know if you have any questions.

–Holly

Thievery!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Hi everyone,

Last night Jimmy caught a student trying to take three of our books out of the library. Way to go, Jimmy! This is a good reminder for all of us - even though it seems like the alarm is always a false alarm, sometimes it’s really a student trying, with malicious forethought, to steal our books! Let’s remain vigilant about checking bags when the alarm goes off.

Heather S.

Student Photo Shoot in the Library

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Hi all,

I have approved a student photo shoot in the library for this Friday from 1-3 pm. It sounded like it will be fairly low key, just someone filming a student taking a book off the shelf. I explained that she needs to be sensitive to other users of the library. I will be here for the majority of that time, leaving around 2:45 for a meeting so if you have concerns about the shoot you can let me know.

Debra

Wiki update

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

I’ve updated the Printer (Student Use) entry in our wiki, so take a look. Also included: The IT approved method for restarting the system when the printers aren’t responding to the Print Pay computer!

Heather S.

Copier moved to 631 Howard

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

I’m sure everyone’s noticed by now, but we are down by one faculty copy machine. This machine has been moved to 631 Howard, 4th floor, which is the new ARC/ESL location. This leaves us with one faculty copy machine in the library, and one in Room 601, the faculty mailroom. If faculty members are asking where the other copy machine went, please let them know! I will also make an information sign to hang up next to the remaining copier.

Heather S.

ADDENDUM: I know there have been questions about what’s been moved to this location. I dug up their initial announcement e-mail:

“Please take the elevator to the 4th floor to reach all ARC departments, including Student Academic Support, Classroom Services, Writing and Midpoint Review Labs, One-on-One Academic Training, Coaching and Tutoring, Online Language Support, and Faculty Development.”

So, yes, the writing labs are there now - I know that is a question we’ve been getting a lot!

Lost & found - request from Security!

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Hi folks,

Seth in Security would like me to pass along a message to everyone about the Lost & Found system. As usual, I will be taking the lost items we’ve collected over the course of a week to the basement Security office on Fridays (or potentially earlier in the week, if things are piling up).

So, when students come to the Circ Desk saying that they lost X, Y, and Z last week, you can send them along to Security. However, please do not tell them any “definites” - “Yes, your flash drive was definitely in the lost & found!” or “Sure, I remember seeing your sunglasses - they’ll be in Security!” or anything definite like that. This can cause problems for the Security staff, especially when the things we “definitely remember” seeing actually belonged to someone other than the student we’re speaking to, or was something else entirely, or…

Well, the point is to be cautiously optimistic when speaking with the student. Say, “Well, if anyone turned it in last week, it will be down with Security - check in with them.” That way, if the item is there, the student will be pleasantly surprised, and if it’s not, it won’t be a huge letdown. And Security staff won’t have to deal with disappointed students who were told that their lost item was definitely in Lost & Found!

If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks!

Heather S.