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June 2011

  • June 1, 2011: Noisy food (library suggestion box)

    Please don't allow potato chips in the Library.

    I am sorry if you have been disturbed by someone eating potato chips in the Library. If you were on one of our quiet floors, 3rd or 5th, you could ask the person to eat more quietly, or move to another study area where no one is eating. Other than that there is not much we can do. We do not ban eating or drinking in the Library, especially now that we have the cafe on the 1st floor.

    Buddy Litchfield
    Va. Tech Libraries

  • June 2, 2011: Summon subject options (online comment box)

    Social science and education are not options in the subject terms section of a summon search. Does this mean these types of journals are not available in this search?

    Options in the subject terms facet are populated based on subjects and descriptors connected to your search results. You'll also see these listed in order of frequency, so depending on your search, both "social science" and "education" may appear further down in the list--use the More options link to see additional choices.

    For instance, I do a search on "information literacy" and see education, literacy, learning, studies,  students, and children & learning in the top set of subject terms. Clicking More options shows many, many more.

    Many, many journals are indexed in Summon from all academic disciplines, plus books, dissertations, multimedia and much more.

    Robert Sebek
    Webmaster, Virginia Tech Libraries

  • June 13, 2011: Posting library hours (online comment box)

    I have trouble finding the library's hours.  It would be extremely helpful to have the hours posted around the building. Hours posted on the outside of the building would be even more helpful.

    Good Morning!
    This is an excellent suggestion and we have been looking into a solution for this issue.  It takes special permission for us to place signage outside of the building, but it is something we want to do!  Placing signs with building hours inside the building is also an excellent step to get the information out to our patrons. 

    Thank you so much for your feedback.
    Charla Lancaster
    Director of Assessment and Library Access Services

  • June 15, 2011: Annoying noises (library suggestion box)

    The Intercom makes weird noises, which can be annoying when sitting near one. Can it be fixed.

    I am sorry that you are being inconvenienced by noises when you study, but there is no intercom system in the Library. You will have to be more specific about where you were sitting, and where the noises were coming from.

    Buddy Litchfield
    Va. Tech Libraries

  • June 18, 2011: Recycling container locations (online comment box)

    Would it be possible to place more recycling bins for paper around the library? I have noticed a couple around the building, but they seem to be few and far between. I hate having to throw out papers just because I can't find the proper recycling receptacle.

    We have some standard locations for paper recycling bins, plus added ones at points of need.

    On floors 2-5, bins are located near the main elevators and on the opposite side of the building near the unisex restroom.

    Bins are also located at each service desk, by each photocopier, in the Study Cafe, by the microform printers, outside the grad study room, and near the 2nd and 4th floor exits.

    If you have suggestions for additional locations, please let me know.

    Robert Sebek
    Library recycling coordinator

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