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February 2011

  • February 1, 2011: Grad lounge cleaning (library suggestion box)

    Please clean the Grad Study room.

    Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. I will pass your concern on to our custodian staff. 

    Buddy Litchfield, 
    Va. Tech Libraries

  • February 14, 2011: Replacement of movie (online comment box)

    Please get Deliverance (DVD) back in the library. Its apparently been taken-out since 2008.

    We have asked our Acquisitions Department to order a replacement copy of Deliverance through our Gaskins fund (a fund devoted to the purchase of movie films) and alert you (thanks for the suggestion) once it arrives. 

    Paul Metz
    Interim Dean of the University Libraries 

  • February 18, 2011: Al Jazeera (library suggestion box)

    Al Jazeera

    Al Jazeera is the English version of the Arabic-language news network, but I don't know what it is you're suggesting here...  As this was located in the suggestion box above the daily newspapers and by the TV, are you requesting that the library subscribe to the daily newspaper Al-Jazirah or show Al Jazeera's news on the TV on the 2nd floor (in which case that request would need to go to the University cable providers) or what you mean by this suggestion.  Please discuss your suggestion with one of the librarians at either of the reference desks for further assistance. 

    Thank you,
    Kiri Goldbeck
    Research & Instructional Services Librarian

  • February 21, 2011: Screensaver on public machines (online comment box)

    Is there any way to get the screen saver from turning on every minute?  It is really distracting.

    We are aware that the time of the screen saver is annoying for some patrons. We are working on a solution that we hope to apply sometime this semester.

    Curtis D. Carr
    Director Library Systems

  • February 23, 2011: Longer hours on Saturday (library suggestion box)

    There are people that study late on Saturday night.  Please leave the library open till midnight.

    At this time, the library is unable to stay open later than our current hours.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.

    The university also realized the need for late night study areas on campus and has made Torgersen Hall open 24/7 to accommodate the needs of students needing a late night place to study. I hope this addresses your issues.

    Kiri Goldbeck
    Research and Instructional Services Librarian

  • February 24, 2011: More electrical outlets on 3rd floor (online comment box)

    I appreciate the signs on the 3rd floor that now point to where power plugs are located.  However, there still seems to be a lack of outlets throughout the library, including the 3rd floor.  It is extremely frustrating to go into the library and find that every single outlet is taken.  This is particularly a problem during final exam times, but is true most everyday.  With a large engineering department, it is crucial that students stuck with tablet computers, on which most of their work needs to be completed, be able to plug in to an outlet anytime.  Even if it were simply power strips that extended from the wall outlets.  Anything that would allow more computers to be plugged in at a time would be appreciated.

    Adding new outlets can be expensive (and in some locations almost impossible because we have reached the limit of circuits in the breaker box). But we continue to add outlets where we can.

    An additional 26 outlets have just been added between the microforms and maps sections on the first floor. Many more outlets are available in the library cafe (or will be once it reopens after the renovations are done).

    Numerous outlets have been added in the past couple of years in the two learning commons areas on the 2nd and 4th floors. Many of the tables in those areas have outlets installed in their surface.

    I also recommend finding outlets along the wall facing the interior atrium space on the 4th floor (study carrels), behind the restrooms on the 4th floor (tables),  and beside the PN-PS range of call numbers on the 3rd (tables).
    Robert Sebek
    Webmaster, Virginia Tech Libraries

  • February 28, 2011: Poor DVD condition (online comment box)

    Your copy of City of God is unreadable. I got 3/4 of the way into the movie and it stopped working. That you still have this DVD on circulation is ridiculous. I realize DVD rental is free for students and faculty but what is the point if the disc doesn't work?

    We have a machine that can heal a surprising percentage of our scratched DVD's so we'll try that first, and if not, we'll
    replace it.

    Brenda Pratt
    Head of Circulation Services

  • February 28, 2011: Jackhammers (library suggestion box)

    Stop using jackhammers during the day.

    We are very sorry about the noise caused by the Cafe installation project. The use of the jackhammers should stop any day now.

    Buddy Litchfield
    Va. Tech Libraries

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