Wednesday, February 27, 2008

We are hiring-Student LIbrary Assistants!

We are hiring now for student library positions for Fall 2008. Pick up an application at any service desk at Pierce Library or click on this link for an online copy. Pierce Library has a range of positions open and those positions are listed on the reverse of the application form. Read them over and see what position "speaks to you!" The deadline for applications is March 10th, a Monday. If you have any questions, blog me! Call me 963.3780, IM me: to me!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New Printer!

Hallelujah! We have a new printer int he ERC. It is not a Brother as shown here but a Lanier! It does a great job. Come by and run her through her paces!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Powerpoint SUCKS...Ink!

We are asking faculty who are passing the printing of Powerpoint presentations and class notes off to students to stop using black and dark colors as backgrounds for the slides. Some printers allow the suppression of the background but often the printer drivers do not allow that to be done, sucking the ink reservoirs down faster than a soda in the Sahara. It also ties up the printer queues in the library and labs across the campus. Often students run out of time and just leave, allowing a Powerpoint presentation to continue printing. It takes a long time for us to clear that print job causing students to have to wait--or give up in frustration.

Be kind to the budget and our students' time.....print out the presentation for the students on a COPY machine, or at the very least, use white backgrounds!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Email email out

Here's the bring your laptop into the library and are working away. You check your email over the wireless network here at Pierce and here comes the assignment from Professor X. You need to ask a clarifying question and BAM! the email cannot be sent. What's with that?

Well, it is all about security. The scenario can get ugly if email COULD be sent from the wireless system in the library. A bad spammer person could enter our facility and spam anonymously using our infrastructure. Not going to happen!

So, while it may be annoying to have Outlook (PC) or Mail (Mac) just collect your OUT emails and not send them, it is for the common good. Of course, if you use the internal web-based email system, the email will go through.