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September 2009

  • September 1, 2009: More outlets (library suggestion box)

    Suggestion -- Can there be more outlet services for batteries?

    We have attempted to address the problem of more outlets for laptops. In summer 2008 we wired the 2nd floor commons area to accommodate more students and laptops knowing that groups of students would be using the area to work in groups. We also retrofitted a large number of the student study tables to accommodate 4 laptops at one time. These tables are located on the 2nd and 4th floors. It is difficult and expensive to retrofit an older building to meet growing demands for more and more outlets and modern technology. As our budget will allow we plan to increase the number of tables to accommodate more laptops on the other floors.

    Don Kenney, Associate Dean for the University Libraries

  • September 4, 2009: Printing instructions (library suggestion box)

    It would be convenient to have a printed version of the printing instructions on or near the public PCs. A map would also complement the printed instructions well. Or, have a recording of the instructions play out a loudspeaker every minute or so.

    Thank you for your suggestions. I passed them along to our librarian in charge of signage, and he said he would look into it. He also said that he thought at one time there were printing instructions posted at each public workstation, but he does not know what happened to them. As for your suggestion of announcing the instructions over loudspeakers, I am sorry, but we do not have a public announcing system in the Library, and if we did, we probably would not use it for giving out printing instructions.

    Buddy Litchfield
    Virginia Tech Libraries

  • September 4, 2009: 5th floor very cold (library suggestion box)

    The study area on 5th floor which that I use seems a bit cold. I suggest that the air conditioning be off when the weather is cold already.

    I am sorry, but the Library does not control the air conditioning in our building. The University decides when to change the air handling system from cold to hot in the Fall, and from hot to cold in the Spring. Also, it is important that we keep fresh air circulating through the building to keep mold and mildew from attacking our books. If you are sitting near the outside walls on the 5th floor, it is possible to turn down the individual units there. If you go to the Reference desk on the 4th floor, near the elevators, a Librarian can come up and turn down the units in the area where you are working.

    Buddy Litchfield
    Virginia Tech Libraries

  • September 5, 2009: Linking to images from homepage (online comment box)

    There does not seem to be any way to get from the library home page to the search page for the image collection.  I had to call the reference librarian to get the url for the image search home page.

    We have two image collection databases: Imagebase (mostly Special Collection images) and Luna Insight (mostly Art and Architecture images).

    From the homepage, all library web pages are accessible through the A-Z index.

    So on the A-Z index, go down to the "I" range and either click the link to the Imagebase, or if you don't remember the name of the image search tool, click "Images, maps, news and other media" which will also give a link to the Imagebase and Luna.

    You can also use the site search box at the top of every library webpage. Searching "image" gave me the Imagebase database as the first result and Luna as the second.

    Robert Sebek
    Webmaster, University Libraries

  • September 15, 2009: Report of bad link (online comment box)

    Hi, I'm an English education major researching Mark Twain information for a student teaching lesson plan.  That's how I found your page: http://lumiere.lib.vt.edu/linbot/scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/root/external.html   It was very helpful, thank you!

    Sorry to bother you, but I wanted to let you know of a broken link: http://web.syr.edu/~fjzwick/twainwww.html    And because your site was so helpful I wanted to return the favor by suggesting a replacement / additional resource for you:
    http://www.answerconnect.com/articles/links-and-more-on-mark-twain. I have been using this page and it provides a ton of resources on Mark

    Twain including his novels, quotes, essays and his life story. I've incorporated them into my lesson plan as well.

    Thanks again!

    Thank you for advising us of the bad link in ALAN v23n2 Winter 1996.  We have noted it and have added your suggested link to the article, http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ALAN/winter96/libCONN.html to that.

    Sincerely,
    Anne Lawrence
    Digital Library and Archives Online Editor Virginia Tech

  • September 17, 2009: Financial Times (library suggestion box)

    Financial Times

    Hi, I am not sure what you are asking for or stating in regards to the Financial Times.  We have an electronic subscription that dates back to 1996 (see the record in Addison here) and a fairly complete microfilm collection that runs from Feb. 13, 1888 -  Dec. 1998 (view that record in Addison here).  If you are asking for a current subscription in print, I'm afraid that due to budget restrictions we are currently only able to provide the electronic copy of this resource. 

    Thank you.
    Kyrille Goldbeck
    College Librarian for Natural Resources

  • September 18, 2009: Medical survey regarding open access (online comment box)

    I represent Dove Medical Press we are a relatively small open access publishing company that specializes in peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals that are made freely available to researchers, academics, professionals and organizations engaged in science and medicine. As you are probably aware open access is a relatively controversial concept, especially with the large subscription publishers such as Elsevier and Thomson Reuters. Open access publishers such as Dove realize that university libraries, such as yours at Virginia Tech, do not have infinitely deep pockets and cannot subscribe to all scholarly journals. We understand that budgetary constraints and the maintenance of an effective and efficient service are an increasingly difficult problem for university libraries to juggle with.

    I am writing to you to ask four important questions:

    1.      Do you currently subscribe to, or promote, open access medical literature, (such as those published by Dove Medical Press)?

    2.      How are decisions made and by whom as to which journals are subscribed to by your University Library?

    3.      Are there any constraints upon you in choosing which journals to subscribe to?

    4.      Could you allow Dove to advertise their medical journals on your library intranet?

    I realize that your time is precious however I hope you can spare a few minutes to answer these four questions.

    Many thanks and best regards

    Thank you for your correspondence. I have passed it on to a subject specialist for review.

    Buddy Litchfield
    Va. Tech Libraries

  • September 19, 2009: Missing map (online comment box)

    While browsing the website, I tried to go to: "http://addison.vt.edu/screens~S1/n5.html"

    This is supposed to show a map of the fifth floor, but alas, no map appeared.  It looks like there is a broken image link on that page.

    A system update changed how these map URLs are generated, and that affected the address of the map images. I have updated all the map files so they should work regardless of how the pages are opened.

    Robert Sebek
    Webmaster
    University Libraries, Virginia Tech

  • September 22, 2009: Reference desk staffing (library suggestion box)

    The Reference desk should be open past 6 pm. They are never here when needed.

    The two reference desks are open until midnight Sunday through Thursday, and close early on Friday and Saturday because our use statistics show that there are very few people using the Library Friday and Saturday evenings.

    Buddy Litchfield, Reference Librarian

  • September 22, 2009: Coffee (library suggestion box)

    Coffee maker, please!!

    As you are probably aware, the Library is building a Study Cafe on the first floor, that should be open before the end of this semester.  Please be patient with us, and there will soon be coffee available in the Library

    Buddy Litchfield, Reference Librarian

  • September 22, 2009: Artwork (library suggestion box)

    1. Put some artwork, photos, sculptures, or tapestries up on the walls.  They are so bare. Have fun with some decorating.

    2. Hang some art up on these walls

    A project is underway to put more artwork up in the Library. But care must be taken to place the pieces in close proximity to the help desks in the Library. Otherwise we run the risk of theft or damage to the pieces on display.

    Buddy Litchfield, Reference Librarian

  • September 23, 2009: Resolution on computers (library suggestion box)

    It would be really helpful if the resolution of the library computers were set higher than 800x600.  A lot of programs and websites are not designed for such a small resolution, and as a consequence horizontal scrolling is necessary, program components take up too much of the screen, or images are shrunken down in a very poor and ugly manner.  Please set the resolutions higher.

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  I have sent your comment to our Systems department and they are looking into all of the implications (e.g. accessibility for those who might require lower resolution machines).

    Kyrille Goldbeck, College Librarian

  • September 24, 2009: Friends Season 10 (library suggestion box)

    Please buy the Friends DVDs for season 10.

    I have passed your request on to the Librarian responsible for buying DVDs.
    Buddy Litchfield 
    Va. Tech Libraries

    We don't have seasons 1-9 so I am not going to get 10 at this time.  Especially with the film budget being so small. Sorry about that. 
    Heather Moorefield-Lang

  • September 24, 2009: Longer hours (library suggestion box)

    1. Be open 24/7.

    2. The library should be open 24/7, or at least have extended hours. We need a place to study.  Most students stay up late studying.  The library would be a good place to be able to do this.  Almost all other colleges have late library hours.  Why don't we?  This is a huge school with lots of people.  This is something VT should have. (Just look at UVA.) 

    3. Open 24 a day. 

    We are open 102 hours a week with extended hours during exams. Many of our resources are available online 24/7. Given our finite budget we must balance expenditures for services, collections, and physical facilities. Our hours are comparable to many other research libraries our size. Additionally, the extended hours we stay open during exams seems to be adequate, given the number of students still in the Library at closing time.

    Don Kenney, Associate Dean for the University Libraries

  • September 24, 2009: Power outlets (library suggestion box)

    1. Suggestion -- Can there be more outlet services for batteries?

    2. Provide more power outlets.

    We have attempted to address the problem of more outlets for laptops. This past summer we wired the 2nd floor commons area to accommodate more students and laptops knowing that groups of students would be using the area to work in groups. We also retrofitted a large number of the student study tables to accommodate 4 laptops at one time. These tables are located on the 2nd and 4th floors. It is difficult and expensive to retrofit an older building to meet growing demands for more and more outlets and modern technology. As our budget will allow we plan to increase the number of tables to accommodate more laptops on the other floors.

    Don Kenney, Associate Dean for the University Libraries

  • September 15, 2009: Praise for website (online comment box)

    I love the new face of the library website!  I love the Addison search option that has the same look and feel as the VT Web / People Search function on www.vt.edu!  Great job!

  • September 28, 2009: Graduate quiet space (library suggestion box)

    Please place signs in the Graduate Student study room designating it a Quiet Area.

    Previously it was determined that the Graduate Study room would not be a designated quiet area (as noted in earlier responses to comments & suggestions) as there are places in there to study in groups or alone.  However, after hearing this request numerous times, the library has opted to designate the Graduate Study room a quiet area and signs have now been posted to reflect this change. 

    Don Kenney, Associate Dean for the University Libraries

  • September 30, 2009: More "quiet" labels on quiet floors (online comment & library suggestion box)

    1. The quiet floors of the library should be better labeled.  Students who are aware of the policy on these floors go there to quietly study.  However, many are unaware of the quiet policy and disturb those who want a quiet area with their loud talking and group work.  I know there are signs indicating that these are quiet areas, but they are not visible enough.

    2.Suggestion: Place more quiet signs on the 3rd and 5th floors.

    I scouted the third floor and counted five large poster signs indicating that the floor is a quiet study area and all are very visible..  I am not sure more signage is the solution.  Some people would ignore them no  matter how many signs we have.  Let people know when you are bothered by their excessive noise and remind them that it is a quiet floor.  We live in a university community and all have a responsibility to each other, and part of that is to remind each other of mutual responsibilities and respect.

    Don Kenny, Associate Dean of the University Libraries



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