Watzek Library Student Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
12:30-1:30 pm in Gray (Templeton)
Student Attendees: Mari Aroxa, Grace Gifford, Monique Halgat, Caitlyn Homer
Staff Attendees: Jenny Bornstein, Jim Kopp, Rick Peterson, Kate Rubick (recorder)
Introductions & Announcements
At the last meeting, the group recommended that the library provide laptop locks for students to check out. Your wish is our command! Two laptop locks are now available at the Circulation Desk for 1-day checkout.
Students are encouraged to attend the reading by Katherine Dunn, Thursday, February 19, 7 pm in the Manor House. This program is sponsored by Watzek Library Special Collections. There is also an exhibit on her literary career in the library through May.
Tuesday, March 31, 12:30-1:30 pm in Geary (Templeton)
Collaborative Furniture in the library—a preview
The group got a sneak-preview of floor plans and furniture selections for three spaces in the library—the library classroom, the third-floor conference room, and the area behind the news books display and where the AV equipment currently resides. The group liked the plans and the furniture choices, and thought that the classroom would indeed be used if it were opened up nights and weekends.
Jenny reported on the Watzek Rocks event in January. No SAC students attended the event, but all were aware that is was happening. It was recommended that the library create a banner to hand in the Fields Dining Room for next year.
Rick described issues related to the snow closures in December, and asked if SAC students had been inconvenienced. Students said they were more impacted by lack of access to our space than they were by lack of access to our collections.
He also asked about how students were dealing with the new Summit catalog. Not all students had yet used it, but Monique mentioned having difficulty with differentiating between ILL requests and Summit requests.
Jim reported on a meeting that the Provost held in regard to the weather related closures in December. Members from departments across the campus attended and learned a lot from facilities about how services are deployed during hazardous weather and, more specifically, when a “state of emergency” has been declared on campus. There was much concern expressed about how students are notified in these situations that buildings, such as the library, are closed. The new emergency messaging service is not to be used to convey information regarding inclement weather—but that policy may be revisited now.
Kate asked students if they had been impacted by the change in reference desk hours this year (no longer available Saturdays and evenings). No students present had been negatively impacted by this. Kate also outlined the new-this-year methods for students to be in touch with librarians (via office hours and instant messaging). Students felt that they are able to meet with librarians at times that are convenient for them.
Kate also asked students, in preparation for the next meeting, to think about what themes/concerns/issues might be the best for the SAC to focus on in the 2009-2010 academic year. Jenny encouraged SAC members to interview their peers at other institutions to see how their college libraries compare with Watzek.