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Suggestions and Responses
Library hours & Library Search | Ketu
Closed all weekend over the university break?? Closing at six every other day? This is ridiculous. Postgrads don't get a break between semesters! I need to be in the library, this is a joke. The ongoing cutbacks to the Otago University library services are becoming farcical. Between this and the impractical and barely functioning "library search" what on earth is going on? Does the university no longer care at all about student's research? Really cross about this. Of all of the things to save money on, our main research resource should not be one of them. This is a university for goodness sakes, we need to be able to get resources.
In 2013 the Library extended its opening hours during semester time. The Library is now open from 7:00 – 23:00 Monday –to Friday. In 2015 these will be the opening hours seven days a week during semester time. The Library is not resourced to maintain these hours for the full year. Out of 52 weeks there are approximately 8 weeks when opening hours are reduced.
After the introduction of Library Search | Ketu in December last year we have sought feedback on improvements to the system. If you would like some specific help or have specific feedback in using Library Search please don't hesitate to make a time with your Subject Librarian. During Semester Two 2014 we will be meeting with staff and students on future enhancements to our interface, we would welcome your participation in this process.
New library catalogue
I'm finding the new catalogue system unreliable in locating books. One search didn't show the library as having a particular book but because I felt sure it did, I followed up with library staff and yes the library did have the book. Library staff have been really helpful in this process but I'm really concerned about all the extra work they are doing to compensate for an unreliable catalogue system. The previous system seemed very reliable.
I'm sorry you are experiencing problems with Library Search | Ketu. I want to assure you that Library staff and the software vendor are working hard to resolve problems and concerns around locating library owned material and feedback on improvements to the system are welcome. If you (or your department) would like some specific help in using Library Search please don't hesitate to make a time with your Subject Librarian or alternatively you can consult the Self-Help Guide which includes lots of video tutorials on the new catalogue (http://otago.libguides.com/selfhelp). During Semester Two we will be meeting with staff and students on future enhancements to our interface, we would welcome your participation in this process.
Information Services Manager
Noise in the Central library
Throughout the exam period, there have been several times where people have been talking loudly (to others or on the phone) on the couches along to the right of the IT desk on ground floor (below the celebrity squares). When this happens, everyone in the celebrity squares, and those opposite the squares too, hears ALL of their conversation as it drifts upwards, which is very frustrating. I think some signs telling people not to talk there would be helpful, or maybe move the couches elsewhere.
There are various areas within the Central Library that, by dint of the building's design, are noisier than others and this suits the different types of activity/interaction required by Library users. The Library is in the process of developing strategies to better indicate what sort of areas are available for quiet study space and where people can find interactive space. Because the ground floor is a particularly high traffic zone and offers multiple services as well (ITS and Library) it tends to be difficult to monitor noise. However, we have taken note of your concerns and will factor this into our planning.
Study spaces in the Central library - 'Parking Tickets'
The central library is usually packed around the 2-3 weeks before exam. Students should not be allowed to occupy seat and table if they are not there for more than 15-20 mins. I have noticed that students often occupied seat and table but go out for a long lunch. This is not fair for students that are on site and want to get some work done. Some students even go as far as 1 person occupying a whole table (brown long table) on the 1st and second floor. :(
Central Library User
Dear Central Library User
Thank you for the heads-up, as this is a problem that occurs each semester. Central Library staff will begin monitoring seat booking and distributing 'parking tickets' if seats are left unoccupied for more than 20 minutes.
Quiet zones in the library
Please put the "third floor is a quiet zone" signs back up in the library and actually enforce it and shush people who are talking. People are being very rude and it makes it difficult to get work done. Thanks
Thanks for your suggestion. The Library is currently looking at mechanisms to better define quiet and noisy zones across all Library branches. This may include signage that is more obvious as well as using different types of furniture and physical layouts to inform Library users as to the different types of space available.
In the meantime, please do not hesitate to ask Library staff for assistance if noise is particularly problematic.
Loanable laptop chargers
Just thought it might be a good initiative to be able to loan out laptop chargers to people at the swipe of their ID cards. Maybe the lost property laptop chargers could start off to see if there's any interest.
Thank you for your enquiry. The Library is currently looking at the potential of this idea as well as providing access to phone chargers, however complications lie with accommodating different interfaces.
History of library books borrowed
Hi there, I'm wondering whether records of returning(history of borrowing) can be tracked in "my account"?
Thank you for your suggestion, and my apologies for the delayed response. Currently this facility is not available in 'my account', however Library staff are investigating this functionality as well as any potential privacy issues associated with it.
Self-issue machines for Close Reserve books
In the science library I see they are trialling a new system for checking out close reserve books. You either check it out yourself on the touch screen computer, or take it to the counter. The problem is every time someone takes it to the counter to get checked out, the alarm goes as they walk through the sensors. This is very distracting for people trying to do work in this area. There didn't seem to be this problem last year, so I was wondering if there is a way the system can be arranged so the alarm doesn't go off all the time?
Self-checks in the Reserve area have been recently installed at Science, Central and the Robertson Library. Like any new service, it will take a little time for Library patrons to get used to it and the changes to the existing set up. This includes not leaving the Reserve area with books that have not been checked out. Library staff are actively assisting users with the self-checks so the alarm noise will decrease as folk are instructed and get used to the new arrangement.