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Connections

Posted on: Mar 29, 2011 @ 12:39:02 pm

Comment:

I am sick and tired of comming (sic) in here and not being able to get anything done. The internet connection sucks and I can't use my cell phone! This whole bldg. needs to be torn down and rebuilt!

from the library:

We are very sorry about your connection difficulties, and regret that this created a problem.

We will be passing your comment to Computer Services and Technologies, the campus unit which maintains the library building's wireless connection.

Thank you!

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Wireless connection

Posted on: Mar 29, 2011 @ 12:17:19 pm

Comment: The library needs better WiFi connection. I pay to(sic) much money to not be able to use the internet.

Choose better WiFi appliances - Just remodel the whole library. It's a dead-zone in here!

from the library:

The library was the first building on campus to "go wireless", so we are especially concerned about your poor connection. Computer Services and Telecommunications maintains the wireless connection in the liibrary building. We will pass your concern on to them.

Thanks!

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Skype

Posted on: Mar 29, 2011 @ 11:40:31 am

Comment:

Could you folks please install Skype on the computer in room 306, the presentation room? It would be really helpful to have a place where students could do tele-conferences with ease.

from the library:

This is a very interesting idea!

We have observed students using Skype on their own computers in the library but have not loaded Skype on any of the library's public computers. We will take your suggestion under consideration. Thank you!

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Helpful Library Staff

Posted on: Mar 24, 2011 @ 1:09:41 pm

Comment:

Gerald was very helpful in renewing my books today. Thank you so much! Your staff is always helpful and courteous when I visit.

from the library:

This makes us so happy! Thank you for noticing. UCF has the best student body in the world.

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Library Temperature

Posted on: Mar 24, 2011 @ 1:08:04 pm

Comment: It's freezing in here.

from the library: It gives us a warm feeling just to know you are using our main library----but that is not much consolation for you.

It is difficult to provide the most comfortable temperature for everyone. We will pass your comment along to UCF Physical Plant, who maintains the library's heating and cooling system.

Sorry for the inconvenience! Hope you did not experience brainfreeze as well, and that you were able to get your study and research work completed.

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Book Request

Posted on: Mar 24, 2011 @ 1:05:58 pm

Comment: The Ghost Book should be at this library.

from the library:

Good news: there is an online form for recommending new titles for addition to the UCF collections, The titles can be books, journals, CDs, or DVDs. Recommendations are reviewed by library faculty, who consider whether the title supports the research and teaching of the University.

So recommend your favorite ghost books; the library will be happy to review them and possibly acquire some of them.

If UCF does not own the title you are craving, the answer for you could be Interlibrary Loan! It is very easy to get your free ILLIAD account and to begin ordering books, journal articles, and other resources that the UCF Libraries does not own.

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Library Cleaning

Posted on: Mar 24, 2011 @ 1:02:00 pm

Comment: I understand that it is late, 12:30 p.m., but would it be possible to hold off just 30 minutes on the vacuuming??? I was finishing up a quiz when my focus was rudely interrupted with a huge vacuum, not even 10' away from me. You're open 'til 1 a.m.

from the library:

Please accept our apology for the disruption of your work! We have brought this concern to the attention of UCF Physical Plant, which provides cleaning services to the library building. Thank you for writing!

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Study groups

Posted on: Feb 21, 2011 @ 3:47:24 pm

Comment: Study groups should not be allowed to meet on the 4th floor.

from the library: Study groups should not be meeting in open areas of the 4th floor, the main library's quiet floor. If a group is creating a distraction or making noise on the 4th floor, please feel free to notify Circulation Services by calling (407)823-2580. Wait for the last selection of the phone message, and let them know where you are located: 4th floor is a big place.

Study groups are permitted to meet in the group study rooms on 4th floor. If they are creating excessive noise, please let Circulation Services know.

It is hoped that everyone will treat others with courtesy by maintaining the quiet on 4th floor. Please accept our apology for the disruption of your study, reading, or research.

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Immunology Materials

Posted on: Sep 13, 2010 @ 12:03:58 pm

Comment: To Whom It May Concern, I am outraged at the lack of Immunology materials in this establishment and am appalled that I cannot reach my full potential as a student.

Library response: Although immunology is a major focus of the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, which is part of the College of Medicine, librarian Peter Spyers-Duran would be willing to meet with this student for a research consultation to go over his or her research needs and the resources that are available to them here at the main library and through the College of Medicine Library.

You are most welcome to schedule a Research Consultation at http://library.ucf.edu/Reference/ResearchConsultations/Default.asp

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Restrooms and "No Drink" Signs

Updated on: Jul 21, 2010 @ 10:27:00 am

Comment: Restroom renovations. Bring back the no drink sign.

Thanks for your comment; thanks for your concern for the environment in the main library.

At present, there are no plans and no funding to renovate any of the main library restrooms. Library administration continues to try to find options for improving library facilities, including the restrooms.

The food and drink policy of the library changed some years ago. Beverages with a snapped on or screwed on top or cap are permitted. Cold snacks are permitted, but hot, smelly food is not, to try to prevent food odors and messes from interfering with the library experience of others. Hot food can be taken to Infusion and eaten there.

This is really important: Immediately notify library staff regarding messes or spilling in the library. We will thank you for letting us know. The faster we clean it up, the better. Thanks!

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Increase science fiction holdings

Posted on: Jun 11, 2010 @ 4:59:10 pm

Comment: Bigger sci-fi selection!

from the library: Good news: there is an online form for recommending new titles for addition to the UCF collections, The titles can be books, journals, CDs, or DVDs. Recommendations are reviewed by library faculty, who consider whether the title supports the research and teaching of the University.

So recommend your favorite science fiction authors and titles; the library will be happy to review them and possibly acquire some of them. The force will be with us, and the universe will be a better place.

Records for the Browsing Collection, located in Infusion, and other works of fiction & science fiction are included in the UCF Libraries Catalog. If UCF does not own the title you are craving, the answer for you is Interlibrary Loan! It is very easy to get your free account and to begin ordering books, journal articles, and other resources that the UCF Libraries does not own.

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Course book new editions

Posted on: Jun 11, 2010 @ 4:53:34 pm

Comment: Library needs to upkeep with the new editions for various subjects like Accounting, Economics, etc. Most of the books I referred are very old edition. We should keep few copies for library use, few copies for 2 weeks/1 week borrow 1 take home.

Benefit: Students and professors can benefit largely because they can get new books for reference, and can save cost.

from the library: The number of courses taught each semester at UCF (in hundreds of programs, tracks and majors), the large number of changes in course-related reading as faculty change assignments, the expense of the books themselves and space for that collection, as well as dealing with large numbers of texts that become outdated each semester: this would be an amazingly complex and very expensive undertaking. Library resources are not currently available for a project of this magnitude. The UCF Bookstore (and other area bookstores) has full-time employees who deal primarily with the acquisition of textbooks.

Many of the volumes you mention were gifts to the library.

Right now, the library subscribes to a package of e-books which contain a number of titles curently in use as textbooks in classes taught at UCF. The Springer e-book collection was purchased with Student Technology Fee funding. If your textbook is included, you also have the option of ordering a bound print copy of the book for $25. Springer book titles can be searched in the UCF Libraries catalog, and you can use the textbook online at no cost.

There may be more textbook publisher initiatives in the future that will make textbooks more accessible and less expensive, and the library will certainly consider them. The e-book collection of the UCF Libraries currently totals over 70,000 titles. A new collection, ACLS Humanities e-books, is being added in summer 2010.

Image by Pawel Bialas.
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Courtesy notices for materials

Posted on: Jun 11, 2010 @ 4:48:28 pm

Comment: Send courtesy notices to patrons with items checked out. Send one week before due date.

Benefit: Books returned or renewed on time. No over due fines.

from the library: Check your Knights E-Mail three days before your items are due, and a reminder message will appear. The system automatically sends the email. You can renew or return the book on time.

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Change presentation practice room policy

Updated on: Jul 21, 2010 @ 10:53:00 am

Comment: You absolutely need to change your policy on room reservations!

I have been waiting since 1:50 pm for the video presentation room to become available and was sitting right next to the checkout desk to be the next person to checkout the room. The guy who was working the desk went off shift apparently and did not tell the next lady that I was waiting for the room. She gave it to another group when I checked on the status at 2:50 pm.

Please accept our apology for this great inconvenience.

Thanks to your suggestion, the 3rd floor Media Desk has a procedure in place for those waiting for a graduate study room or for the presentation practice room. Those who are waiting will be issued a card, so that desk staff are aware that a group is waiting for the room. Other options for those who wait are also being explored by the library---again, due to your suggestion.

Thank you!

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Email notification of overdue materials

Updated on: Jun 11, 2010 @ 5:02:00 pm

Comment: Send overdue notices through e-mail rather than regular mail or at least in addition to regular mail.

Benefit: The system could be automated which would save the library staff time and more rapid notification would be very nice for the person with the overdue materials!

from the library: Good news! The library system automatically sends an email reminder three days before a book is due, giving the patron time to renew the book, or to return it on time. Overdue notices are also sent by email. Only lost book notices are sent by U. S. Mail, one month after the item is due.

Since notices and reminders have been sent by email for over a year, the Suggestion Box is thinking hmmm! that you may not be monitoring your Knights E-Mail The circulation system automatically sends notices to your Knights E-mail; there is no other email address for students that is used for communication.

Wash your hands before meals, wear suncreen or a hat, floss daily, and monitor your Knights E-Mail: your life as a UCF Knight will be the best it can be.

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Knightro at the library

Posted on: Jun 11, 2010 @ 4:30:57 pm

Comment: Start a library tradition where knightro stands outside and bring people in give them candy.

from the library: Knightro has visited the main library on past occasions. The Suggestion Box would be so happy if Knightro greeted us every single day. It would be a UCF dream come true, wouldn't it?

But Knightro is a little like Santa Claus or Tinker Bell or the Tooth Fairy. You have got to believe that the spirit of Knightro lives in the hearts of loyal UCF Knights everywhere----but Knightro cannot be everywhere, every day.

Now, if you would like to make your dream come partially true, let us know if you would like to distribute candy every day to students entering the library.

Image: February 2009, Knightro with student Gary Marschka and friend, main library 3rd floor
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Coffee Vending Machine

Posted on: Jun 11, 2010 @ 4:28:36 pm

Comment: Get coffee vending machine for Saturdays.

from the library: The Suggestion Box salutes the drive and motivation of UCF students who are hard at work on the weekends. Your diligence will pay off....someday. Sometimes you need to be especially caffeinated to get going on these summer weekend mornings.

Java City is not open on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer, as you know.

A vending machine for coffee and other beverages is not in the works for the library at this time due to its need for space and maintenance.

The Suggestion Box called the Student Union. During the summer, Smoothie King, Subway, and Wackadoo's will be open in the Student Union. They are the closest locations for coffee.

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Microwave in Java City

Posted on: Jun 11, 2010 @ 4:27:05 pm

Comment: In the fall I had been suggesting a microwave be placed in the Java City area. Hopefully this can happen this semester. If there is a specific reason this is not possible, I wouldn't mind knowing why.

from the library: Some background: Java City is run by Aramark for UCF Business Services, and Infusion, the learning space in which Java City resides, is a joint project of the libary and Business Services. Infusion has been a wonderful place for UCF students, faculty and staff since it opened.

So why no microwave? Java City is a rather compact operation, and there is no space for microwave ovens unless some student seating or other functional space were removed. One microwave oven would be probably be insufficient for the demand. In addition, the good folks of Java City and Business Services do not have the staff time to maintain and clean several microwave ovens and the attendant mess that would accompany them. And the library does not have staff to allocate, either.

It is easy to intuit that you would be a neatnik and are not a problem, but you know how it is: some people forget that their mother does not work here, and they may leave a little mess, just like home.

The Suggestion Box called Student Government Association, and found that they maintain 2 microwave ovens on the 3rd floor of the Student Union, in the lounge to the right as one exits the elevator.

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Paint Walls

Posted on: Jun 11, 2010 @ 4:23:23 pm

Comment: Paint the walls red.

from the library: Listen up my artistic friend: we are the UCF black and gold Knights. We are most decidedly NOT the red Cornhuskers nor are we the red & gray Buckeyes (the buckeye is a nut, you know). If we had to paint all of the walls a spirited color, it would not be red (also: not orange, not burgundy or cranberry or whatever that color is, and not green).

However........we are not averse to colors that provide an ambience that encourages thought, reflection, group study, research, writing, and intellectual discourse. In Fall 2010, look for some new colors in an exciting new environment on the main (2nd) floor of the main library. The Knowledge Commons will feature a new color palette.

You need to go to the Libraries Special Collections and University Archives and immerse yourself in the history of UCF,
http://library.ucf.edu/SpecialCollections/Archives/UniversityHistory.asp and get on your KNIGHT GROOVE before the new academic year starts.

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Consolidate Student Identification Numbers

Posted on: Jun 11, 2010 @ 4:20:50 pm

Comment: Consolidate student identifications into a single system. There is no need for a seperate (sic) PID, NID, student #, and library card#.

Benefits: Using the various systems would certainly be more convient for students and staff.

from the library: Are you having an identity crisis, Bunky?

At this time, (heavy sigh) UCF does have a need to use a separate:

*****PID Personal Identification: used to access the myUCF portal; first letter of your first name followed by seven numbers).

*****NID Network ID: allows access to several UCF central computing systems, e.g.: main public computer labs, eCommunity, eFax, Obojobo, ResNet Wireless, Webcourses@UCF, and some department computers

*****student number appears on UCF card; used by some colleges and departments

*****library card number 14 digit number; appears on UCF card

The Suggestion Box agrees with you: a universal login would be helpful to all. You are a smart cookie to suggest this, so you will understand that this is easier in suggestion than in practice. Many of UCF's systems, which need security and a login, require different formatting for login. For example, the system used by the 11 state university libraries requires a 14 digit number, while PeopleSoft requires fewer letters and numbers.

It will take some time to resolve, but the Library Suggestion Box confidently suggests that logging in will be easier for the student of the future. Meanwhile, memorize what you can. If you have problems with
off campus access to databases and journal articles with EZ Proxy, or have questions about your UCF card, there is information online. Forgot your password, or problems logging in? Contact us at 407) 823-2580, or circ@mail.ucf.edu.

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There Should be a Lab Outdoors

Posted on: May 27, 2010 @ 9:07:54 am

Benefit: There should be a lab outdoors. In Florida we have beautiful weather and I would be more productive if I were able to enjoy the outdoors while completing my homework.

Comment: More computer(s).

Did you find what you were looking for in the Library? : No, I'm missing fresh air, squirrels and the sound of the wind rustling thru the trees.

from the library: Do you really miss the squirrels?

An outdoor lab is a wonderful idea! However, there are no plans for the library to build one at this time.

If you have a laptop with a wireless connection, you can sit on the benches in front of the library, or on the grass. Power up your laptop and *voila* you are in your very own outdoor lab.

You should be able to connect to the library's wireless network, or a network from another building if you are seated outside the main library. Give it a try----just don't forget a hat and some suncreen!


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Reference Section Needs to be Open Earlier and Later

Posted on: May 27, 2010 @ 9:03:47 am

Comment: The Reference Section needs to be open earlier and later in the day.

from the library: It's true: the Research Assistance Desk is not open during all of the hours that the main library is open. There are some options for research assistance that may help you when time is an issue. Ask A Librarian's chat service is open until midnight, Sunday through Thursday, and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The hours are covered by librarians across the state of Florida, including UCF librarians. When UCF's chat service is open, you will be chatting with a UCF librarian. If not, your question will be answered by someone from another library.

Another option: schedule a Research Consultation. You can schedule an appointment with a reference librarian, who will help you get started on your research, or will help you continue research that is underway. Research Consultations bring you together with a librarian who is available to help you at a time that is convenient to you.

Image: Location of the new Research Assistance Desk in the Knowledge Commons, slated to open Fall 2010. Photo by Davina Hovanec.
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More Studyrooms, Longer than 2 Hours, Fix Elevators

Posted on: May 27, 2010 @ 9:00:10 am

Comment: More studyrooms. Longer than 2 hours. Fix elevators.

from the library: At this time, no space is available in the main library building for the construction of group study rooms. However, when it opens in Fall 2010, the Knowledge Commons will have seating that is conducive to group work.

Since there are 28 group study rooms, there are no plans to lengthen the borrowing period, in order to give a greater number of students a chance to use them.

There are 5 graduate study rooms on the 3rd floor. They have a 4 hour borrowing period to accomodate the needs of graduate students.

The Presentation Practice Room on 3rd floor has a 4 hour borrowing period as well. You can record your pesentation and burn a DVD ROM of your presentation. (The Suggestion Box is an advocate of recording your presentation: you will never be more young & beautiful than you are at this minute...)

The elevators are maintained by the University. They are the oldest elevators on campus (over 40). Good things come to those who wait.

As an option, there are 4 stairways in the main library building.

Photo by Davina Hovanec: Wall that will house monitors for group work, under construction, May 2010.
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Numerous Unused Tables

Posted on: May 27, 2010 @ 8:58:00 am

Comment: I think it is extremely rude that there are numerous table(s) unused in the basement while there is a lot of unused space. Next time wait till after finals.

From the library: Please accept our apology for any inconvenience caused by moving the entire collection and a great deal of existing furniture during spring semester 2010.

There is a need for more seating and study space in the main library. To make way for the Knowledge Commons, which will supply new learning space and increase the number of seats in the library, almost everything in the building had to be rearranged. Moving began in November 2009 and continued throughout spring, culminating in a large empty area on the main floor by the end of spring semester 2010. To have the Knowledge Commons open in fall 2010, it has been crucial for the library to adhere to a timetable that required work during final exams.

It was decided that summer was the best time for any construction, which includes some dust and noise and having a large section of the main floor walled off.

Not a perfect circumstance for students making use of the library. Again, sorry for the inconvenience. The Suggestion Box hopes that when you are at your busiest this fall, you are able to get your favorite seat in the new Knowledge Commons.

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Fiction Book Suggestion Box

Posted on: May 27, 2010 @ 8:55:10 am

Comment: Academics are important but so is reading for fun. The library has very few modern fiction books. The section should be expanded and a suggestion fiction box would make sure the money on fiction books isn't wasted. Not everyone can get to the public library and home delivery takes a long time with risks of never receiving the book.

From the library: We know how you feel----we love reading too (can you tell?)

Good news: there is an online form for recommending new titles for addition to the UCF collections, http://library.ucf.edu/CollectionMgmt/RecommendationForm.asp The titles can be books, journals, CDs, or DVDs. Recommendations are reviewed by library faculty, who consider whether the title supports the research and teaching of the University.

The main library has a Browsing Collection, which even includes a few audiobooks, located in Infusion. The shelves are near library classroom 235A and the short stairway to the Mezzanine. There may be a title of interest waiting for you in the Browsing Collection.

Records for the Browsing Collection and other works of fiction are included in the UCF Libraries Catalog, so search there as well. If UCF does not own the title you are craving, the answer for you is Interlibrary Loan! It is very easy to get your free account and to begin ordering books, journal articles, and other resources that the UCF Libraries does not own.

Read on, read on!

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Free Ice Cream Day

Posted on: May 27, 2010 @ 8:51:22 am

Comment: Library provides ice cream to entice people to learn about it's (sic) services. More people will come and less people will bother librarians with simple questions, freeing their time for more important things.

From the library: Wow---this may be the **best** suggestion that the library suggestion box will ever receive. You do not mention whether library employees would be able to enjoy ice cream with students.

You also failed to mention the name of the generous donor who will make this all possible.

By the way, please note that questions are a NEVER a bother to anyone at the library's service desks, or at Ask A Librarian by chat, phone, or email, or in research consultations. Bring on the questions, whether ice cream is being served----or not.

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More Study Tables, More Studyrooms, Longer Study Times

Posted on: May 26, 2010 @ 4:17:10 pm

Comment: More tables to study at. More studyrooms. Longer studyroom use. Benefits are obvious.

From the library: You are correct: the benefits are obvious. The main library is working on providing more study and research space for individual UCF students, and collaborative research and work space for groups of UCF students, as well as maximizing the study rooms already available. This summer, work is progressing on the Knowledge Commons on the main (2nd) floor. Preparation for the Knowledge Commons included creating space by moving every volume in the main library, and placing some of the serial publications which are available online in an off-site storage unit (information on stored and relocated volumes at http://libguides.lib.ucf.edu/storage). Carpet, paint, comfortable new furniture, 100 electrical outlets, computer workstations will be configured to supply some new spaces for students. Partially funded by the Student Technology Fee, the Knowledge Commons is scheduled for completion in Fall 2010.

The library is currently placing tables displaced by the Knowledge Commons project in areas where only study carrels were located. There are a number of examples of this on 4th floor, the quiet floor. There will be more tables throughout the library than there were before, once the project is complete.

To maximize the use of existing study rooms, the borrowing period for the study room keys is 2 hours. In Fall 2009, the main library began using pagers to notify waiting students that a study room is available. The library also converted 5 faculty rooms to Graduate Study Rooms. These are located on the 3rd floor. Keys for the Graduate Study Rooms are checked out to graduate students at the 3rd floor Media Desk for a period of 4 hours.

This is not a perfect solution; but be assured that the library will continue to pursue ways to create new learning spaces, and to make best use of the existing ones for the greatest number of students. Thank you for writing!

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Get Copies of Current Class Books---Help, they are expensive

Updated on: May 28, 2010 @ 3:31:00 pm

Comment: Check with professors for which book they recommend in the class and get 2-3 copies of that, so that students can at least refer to them before buying these expensive books.

From the library: The number of courses taught each semester at UCF (in hundreds of programs, tracks and majors), the large number of changes in course-related reading as faculty change assignments, the expense of the books themselves and space for that collection, as well as dealing with large numbers of texts that would become outdated each semester: this would be an amazingly complex and very expensive undertaking. The resources are not currently available for a project like this.

Right now, the library subscribes to a package of e-books which contain a number of titles curently in use as textbooks in classes taught at UCF. The Springer e-book collection was purchased with Student Technology Fee funding. If your textbook is included, you also have the option of ordering a bound print copy of the book for $25. Springer book titles can be searched in the UCF Libraries catalog, and you can use the textbook online at no cost. There may be more textbook publisher initiatives in the future that will make textbooks more accessible and less expensive, and the library will certainly consider them.

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Studyrooms Should be for Two or More People Only

Posted on: May 26, 2010 @ 3:59:30 pm

Benefit: There is no reason for one person to be alone in a room for groups.

from the library: In the early, pearly hours of the morning, the early bird gets the worm----and the single student may get a study room key.

If the library is not too busy, and most of the study rooms are vacant, the staff at Circulation may decide to issue a key to a single student, to maximize use of thte rooms. For most hours the 2 or more persons rule is in place.

If you are looking at a room occupied by one person, it could be because the other occupants are gathering materials or have taken a quick break.

Note: Graduate study rooms, on 3rd floor, are smaller and may be checked out to one person at a time.

Another Note: Check the Study Room Availability page when you are at the library, or before you come to the library.

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Repair/Replace Microform Machines

Posted on: May 26, 2010 @ 3:58:00 pm

Comment: Of the six microform copy machines in your library, only one or two are currently usable, and both are yielding awful copies. One of them doesn't even print the entire printing area marked on the screen, and the other is missing the piece of glass that goes under the lens.

Benefit: My idea is simply a request for repairs. Or, given that these machines are very old, you would probably find it easier to replace them with newer models. Hopefully, they will come with clearer instructions and parts that are accessible to be dusted when necessary.

From the library: The library has been reviewing options for replacement of the currently used microform reader/printers for Fall 2010. New equipment may be able to convert the images on film and fiche to a digital image that can be saved or emailed. Lenses are enclosed, and would not need dusting. Stay tuned.....

Image of microfilm by Ianare.
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Need More Studyrooms

Posted on: May 26, 2010 @ 3:51:27 pm

Comment: There is a wait every hour of the day.

from the library: Currently, there are no plans to build more group study rooms in the main library, since there is no space for them. In Fall 2010, when the Knowledge Commons is completed, there will be a number of areas that will encourage group work and group study.

Last Fall, 15 restaurant-style pagers were made available to those waiting for study rooms, to let them know when a room was ready for them. Also, a Study Room Availability page was designed to let students know which rooms are currently in use or available.

Hopefully, your wait will be a little more pleasant in the Fall, or you may be able to find a space that accomodates your group in the Knowledge Commons.

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Implement a Waiting List for the Studyrooms

Posted on: May 26, 2010 @ 3:48:41 pm

Comment: Benefit: With 50,000 students it is almost impossible to find a place with 2+ people to talk/study. Or some other way to ensure there will be a place for most students to study.

from the library: It does get crowded in the main library, and sometimes your best bet for productive group work is one of the library's 28 group study rooms.

During Fall 2009, 15 restaurant pagers were deployed to let groups know when a group study room became available. They seem to be working well for most of the semester. During final exams, 15 pagers were insufficient for the number of waiting groups, and students needed to return to the Circulation Desk at a later time to get a pager. The Suggestion Box is sorry that facilities fell short of filling your needs, and we will try to find a way to accomodate those waiting for a pager.

You can check the Study Room Availability page before you come to the library, or while you are here in the library.

Although the main library does not have space to add any more group study rooms, the Knowledge Commons, slated to open on the main floor in Fall 2010, will have a number of seating configurations that can support group work.

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Restrict MySpace and Facebook Use to Cafe Computers

Posted on: May 26, 2010 @ 3:43:25 pm

Benefit: Students who need computers for school related purposes won't have to wait for people looking at pictures of themselves.

from the library: The library would like to maximize the use of the computer workstations in the building, so your suggestion is appreciated.

One thing that needs to be taken into account: students do use social software to communicate information about assignments and homework to each other.

And, secondly, UCF students are multitaskers. A student may take a break from writing a paper or doing research by taking a look at a few photos from the weekend. Or they may send a quick message to friends and family. It would be very difficult for many UCF students to completely separate class work from social contact.

And it would be difficult, and perhaps impossible, to enforce this restriction.

Even the UCF Library has a Facebook page, and so does UCF Libraries Special Collections. (Be a fan!)

If you are looking for a computer, try checking the Computer Availability page. Thanks for writing.

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2 Acclaimed Directors, Billy Wilder and Woody Allen: more films in the UCF Collection

Updated on: May 28, 2010 @ 10:28:00 am

Comment: Get More Billy Wilder and Woody Allen Films

From the library: Billy Wilder and Woody Allen? The Suggestion Box thinks you have very good taste and a great sense of humor.

Feature films selected for the Media Collection support the research and teaching of the University. Many are suggested by faculty members to directly support instruction.

If there are specific titles that you would like to see added to the collection, your suggestions are welcome: use the recommendation form. They will be reviewed and considered. Primary consideration is given to titles that support UCF's teaching and research mission.

Titles that are part of the collection can be found in the library catalog using the Advanced Search feature: use keyword or title, and add a format search for Video (DVD). Sometimes using the subject heading "Feature Films" can help eliminate some titles from a very long list, if you are trying to narrow the search. If you are looking for a specific film, you can simply do a search by that title. If you are not finding what you want in the catalog, you can always Ask A Librarian by chat, email or phone.

Searching "Billy Wilder" as a keyword and Video (DVD) in the format box results in 18 entries, everything from Some Like It Hot to Double Indemnity......Searching "Woody Allen" and Video (DVD) brings up 13 titles, from Antz to Zelig.

that's a wrap.

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Arrange Student Organization Sign-In Binders

Posted on: May 26, 2010 @ 3:29:08 pm

Comment: Could binders be placed in better order to save time when signing in?

from the library: The binders that fraternity and sorority students use to sign in are maintained by those organizations.

Good news: in Fall 2010, when the Knowledge Commons is open on the main floor, the binders will be placed in a new bookshelf, and that may prompt those who use them to keep them in better order.

Image: Jousting from UCF Greek Week, UCF News
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