Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Computer usage in the library

The library just completed its most recent student survey, and the availability of working computers topped the list of concerns. Many a student asked for more or better working computers. While we cannot purchase additional computers at this time, you'll find that most of the broken ones have been replaced (as mentioned in an earlier post). Will that solve the problem completely? Probably not.

Computers are in demand in the library, particularly during college hour (12:20-1:20 p.m.). During this time, students often wish to print papers or other materials for class, and generally, they are in a hurry. It is frustrating when computers are monopolized by others who are checking e-mail or looking at Facebook. At least that's what many respondents said on the survey.

We understand these concerns and want to take the time to remind students of the library's policy regarding computer availability. According to the library's Policies and Services Web page, priority is as follows when computers are in demand:
  • Currently-enrolled students, faculty and staff using the computer for research or coursework;
  • Currently-enrolled students, faculty and staff using the computer for research not relating to coursework;
  • Community members using the computer for research.
Please be considerate of others; limit the use of computers to school-related work when others are waiting.

As always, let us know if you have any questions.

Friday, May 15, 2009

New computers have arrived!

The library has wonderful news! On Thursday, May 14, 10 new computers were installed to replace the broken ones, for a total of 24 desktop computers. That's one more than before!

For a while now, the library has suffered from a lack of computers. Out of 23 desktop computers, nine had failed in the recent semesters. This created a problem for many people as there weren't enough computers during our busiest times. In the recent student surveys, you voiced your frustration about the lack of working computers; we hope these 10 new computers will help.

The new computers have Vista and Microsoft Office 2007. You will be able to instantly recognize them; they have both towers and monitors. All other functionality, including printing, is the same.

Let us know if you have any questions about the new computers, and enjoy!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Lost and Found

Many people often leave behind flashdrives, coats, and books as they rush off to class. These lost items are collected and stored in the library's lost and found for several weeks before being turned over to security. (The College's main lost and found.) So, if you have lost that very important flashdrive, check with us to see if it's been turned in!

ARTstor

The Jessup Library is proud to announce ARTstor, a digital collection of approximately one million images. This interdisciplinary resource offers images from the areas of art, architecture, the humanities and the social sciences. The collections are organized by topic and include: African-American studies, anthropology, design and decorative studies, Middle Eastern studies, and theatre and dance.

The images in ARTstor are saveable as JPEGs and may be inserted into PowerPoint presentations or Word documents. Each image also provides information necessary to cite it properly. (Double click on an image to open it in a new window, click the "i" for citation information.)

Unfortunately, ARTstor is not yet available from off campus. Hopefully it will be available soon; check back here for updates.

Please take a look at this wonderful resource, and again, if you have questions, just let us know!