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April 2009

Library lobby display: match the events and artifacts

Below are the matchups of the dates and the artifacts in the Library lobby display.
For descriptions and explanations go the the Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations Subject Guide from the Library’s home page.

G   April Cow Fights

P   April, May, June Tako-Age

O   April 2 International Children’s Book Day

H   April 6 North Pole discovered

D   April 8 Vesak

Q   April 15 Tax Day

B   April 23 Shakespeare’s birthday

L   April 24 Library of Congress created

F   April 26 Frederick Law Olmstead’s Birthday

M   April 30 Walpurgis Night

I   April National Whistler’s Convention

J   April Cynonfardd Eisteddfod

E   May 1 May Day

K   May 9 Lemuralia

C   May 10 Transcontinental Railroad

A   May 15 Commencement

N   May Emmet Kelly Clown Festival

Extended hours April 26 to May 10

The Library will once again be open for end-of-semester extended hours. Our schedule will be as follows:

Sunday, April 26: 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Monday, April 27 — Thursday, April 30: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday, May 1 — Saturday, May 2: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, May 3: 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Monday, May 4 — Thursday, May 7: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday, May 8 — Saturday, May 9: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 10: 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Monday, May 11: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Library doors will be locked after 10 p.m. nightly. You must use your Wheelock ID or call x2220 to be let in after 10 p.m.

Best of luck to you all as the 2008-09 academic year comes to a close!

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New Website, Rooms, Equipment, and Staff!

Library Hours
A concern was raised that the Library has been closing earlier than the posted hours. I have worked with Security to resolve this problem. The front door will continue to be automatically locked at 15 minutes before the closing time. The posted hours by the door and on the Library webpage now accurately reflect this. Students inside the building will be reminded at that time of the closing by Library staff; however, lights will not be shut off and the building cleared and secured until the scheduled closing time.

New Media Equipment & Technology
We are adding four new Canon Powershot A470 digital cameras and four new Canon ZR950 digital video cameras to our collection. These will be available to be borrowed from the Circulation Desk very shortly. You will find this equipment a vast improvement over the old media equipment!

There will shortly be ten new iMacs in the Reference area on floor 1M for student use. No more waiting for the PCs to load!

Student-Use Library Rooms
There are two new rooms on the second floor available for student use. One is designated as a Group Study Room and it may be reserved through the Circulation Desk. If no one has reserved it, then it is available for anyone to use. The room contains a table, four chairs, and a whiteboard. The other room is a Media Room with a TV/VCR/DVD setup and a couple of soft chairs. There is no need to reserve this room.

Updated Library Website
The Library website ( has been updated. We hope that you will find the cleaner presentation easier to use. Amy Basque, our Systems Librarian, is looking for students to help with usability testing of the new site. If you are interested (you will be rewarded for your time), please contact her at x2296 or

Please note the Talk Back link on the right side of the Library page. This is an area where you can post any questions or comments (not research questions—contact Library staff with those!) you may have about the Library and its operation, and the question and response will be posted on the site.

New Staff
We are very pleased to have a new Access Services Librarian starting in mid-May. You will most likely see her at the Circulation Desk area. Our student staff have done a great job of running the Circulation operation in the absence of a librarian. Once the new librarian starts, she will review and revise policies and procedures to help ensure that everything runs smoothly for the summer term and beyond.

Please return all library materials you have borrowed by May 11!

I am working with Jeannie Blazar, Director of the Resource Center, on future planning for the Resource Center. As part of that planning, we will conduct a survey to gather usage information. Please take the time to complete the survey after you receive it, even if you have never used the Resource Center. It is important to have the input of as wide a cross-section of students as possible.

I am very interested in ensuring that the Library and Resource Center work to support all your needs. If you feel there is an issue that needs to be addressed, please bring it to my attention. I can be reached by phone at x2225 or email at, or just stop by my office on the second floor of the Library. I am working with SGA to maintain communications through that group also.

Best of luck to you all as the semester winds down!

Brenda Ecsedy
Director of Academic Resources & Library Services