Regenstein should have more free scanners and Adobe software.
The 4th floor art reserve area is often booked, and on the days that I've been on campus I've had trouble finding time to scan / edit pdfs for classes that I'm teaching.
Generally, we direct patrons who need a scanner to the nearest photocopier -- all our copiers have the ability to scan to a PDF (and other formats). We admit there is a charge for this service, but it's quite minimal: 2 cents/page.
In addition to Art Reserve, the Map Collection on the 3rd floor also has a flatbed scanner. We believe that users working with maps have priority on this machine, but if the machine is free the staff welcomes users working in other areas.
Unfortunately we don't have a site license for Adobe products and are unable to deploy them on Library workstations (except for Adobe Reader). However, you might check out the CSIL lab in Crerar, which has Macs equipped with Adobe Creative Suite (Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, and more).
In the last week I have been approached three times by Research Assistants from the Booth School interrupting my study and asking me to fill out a survey. I have seen them disturbing people at work every day for the last two weeks, which is just when I started to notice. Although both incidents happened on the first floor, which is a talking zone, I think it is highly inappropriate. I would like to request that the library system institute a blanket ban on using the library as a trawling ground for study participants.
(Note: occasionally the Library conducts surveys or focus groups about wayfinding, the Library website, and other Library-related topics. However, generally we don't go around bothering people trying to study, and we will identify ourselves as Library staff.)
How does a visitor let someone know that the B-level main stairs entry to the reading room has three (3) ceiling lights that have been burned out for months?
Emailing the Suggestions Office is a great way to let someone know. While we can't change the lights ourselves, we've forwarded your request to Library Building Services (who can, in turn, pass it along to University Facilities.)
I know from the "Food and Drink" section of Maroon Opinions that concerns about eating in the libraries are ongoing, but if adding mine helps reach the critical mass needed to take aggressive action on this, then I'm all in. Every day I see blatant disregard for the food ban in the libraries--more than just a snack. I am less concerned, frankly, about the noise and odor than I am about the real reason the libraries forbid eating: concerns about pests and the damage to books. I've had to pass over tables and carrels that are too greasy to spread books on and I'm appalled at the mess and flagrant disregard of this important rule.
No one wants to be the food police, but something should be done. I recognize that someone is thinking about this, because I see more and more signs that say "No eating in the library." I also recognize that finding a place to eat lunch on this campus when outside isn't an option is nearly impossible. The Reynolds Club and the basements of Crerar and Stuart are about the only places one can even begin to look for a place to sit and I seldom find a place at lunch. Still, I think that the food bans in the libraries are very important and need to be enforced.
As you point out, dealing with food and drink in the Library is an ongoing problem. We have tried to put out more signs (and more visible signs -- thank you for noticing), but beyond reminding people of the official policy and encouraging offenders to take their food to Ex Libris, we're fairly limited in our options at present.
Some would say that we conceded the pest issue and concerns over book damage when we put a coffee shop inside the Reg, since nothing stops patrons from bringing Library materials into Ex Libris for reading along with their donut or panini.
This being said, if you notice a particularly egregious violation of the food policy, feel free to involve the nearest Library staff member. We can also ask the custodians to pay special attention to a particular desk or carrel during their cleaning, if necessary.
This quarter I had a book recalled almost every other week. TWO were recalled during finals! This is incredibly frustrating, as I know you all know. That's more recalls than I've experienced in the previous eight quarters I've been a student here. Fortunately, I was able to ward off disaster by requesting ILL/UBorrow/borrowdirect copies, although that proved to be quite an inconvenience (and even landed me a fine when I wasn't able to make it back to the library after field placement yesterday).
This experience got me to thinking: perhaps, before allowing people to complete the recall process, there should be a redirect link that shows offerings through the three interlibrary programs and "strongly encourages" the patron to select one of those options before going through with the recall. It might be good to also note that UBorrow & borrowdirect often result in getting the book a couple or few days sooner than with recall.
Recalls are painful for everyone involved: borrowers, requestors, and the Library (we often feel stuck in the middle trying to play "book referee" between warring patrons). So we are quite happy that recalls have dropped almost 40% since the introduction of UBorrow and Borrow Direct.
Redirecting the recall link through a screen that encouraged people to use Borrow Direct, UBorrow, or ILL is an intriguing idea. There would need to be some programming done behind the scenes to make it work, and our systems staff are a little busyright now, but we're happy to take ideas for the future.
In the meantime, we thank readers for putting down the recall button and choosing UBorrow or Borrow Direct instead. You'll often get the book faster, and contribute to overall harmony on campus.
I think these monitors are great, but it will be better if there are some extended monitors in the quite study areas, like Reg 2nd or 3rd floor.
We assume you're talking about the dual monitor stations on the first floor of the Reg, located at the end of the long tables, for laptop users to enjoy a larger screen. Anecdotally, it seems a lot of people like them, because we almost always see one or more of the monitors in use.
We've had some discussions about placing some dual monitor stations on the upper floors, but these venues are a little more complicated due to the limited locations for power and security. However, it's helpful to know that there's interest in adding some monitors "upstairs."
I really like regenstein library except the indoor temperature. This is summer, and I guess it would be natural for people to wear short sleeves/shorts, etc. However, I see a lot of people wearing long sleeves and even sweaters (including myself) in the library. For those who spend quite long time in the library, the library is too cold to stay. Also, I don't understand why we should waste money& resource to keep this place so cold.
I think it would be nice to have less air-conditioning at least on the 4th or 5th floor, where I see a lot of long-staying folks.
While we aim for an interior ambient temperature in the low 70s (F), Regenstein can often seem a little cold or warm, especially if there have been large temperature swings in the outside air.
The large interior spaces -- each floor is essentially a big room -- make it difficult to regulate the temperature precisely, and generally we like the space to be a little cool rather than too warm.
At first I thought I suffered from a bad case of poor timing, but after spending every business day for a month in the Regenstein Library, I can say with confidence that the restrooms are cleaned far too often. I'd wager that, on average, I faced a 35-40% chance that my ablutions would be interrupted by a knock during a midday visit. On more than one occasion, I even faced the predicament in which both men's rooms located within an easy trot were closed for janitorial attention. I will grant that the facilities exhibit a high degree of cleanliness, but I would suggest that this degree is so high that enough of a buffer exists that the restrooms may be attended to on a slightly less frequent basis.
Most public restrooms in Regenstein are entered 3x/day by the custodial staff -- once for cleaning (generally overnight) and twice for "policing:" restocking and a quick condition check.
However, we assume you're mostly referring to the first floor restrooms between Regenstein and Mansueto, which are the most frequently used bathrooms in the library and (hence) receive more frequent attention from the custodial staff.
As occasional users of these restrooms, we admit personal experience with the knocks and cries of "Housekeeping!", and the signs directing us elsewhere. But we've also noticed how quickly paper in the stalls gets depleted, and that the garbage cans seem to go from empty to overflowing in the blink of an eye. So we pray for some compassion for the custodians, whose zeal is ultimately for our comfort.
This being said, we'll see if we can get the custodians to work on one "set" of bathrooms at a time, so there's at least an alternative within quick walking distance.
(NOTE: Occasionally we have to close one or both sets of first floor bathrooms due to special events taking place in the Library. We apologize for the inconvenience, because not only is one set of bathrooms closed, but generally we ask the custodians to be even more diligent with the remaining open restrooms during these times.)
Most of the power outlets on the ground in the A-level do not work. Some of them are stuck closed and others have a part of the plug stuck in them. As the A-level is used often, having all of them functional would be great. Thanks.
Thank you for the observation. We are happy to investigate and ask University Facilities to repair a specific outlet: just let us know the location.
There is rumor of some more extensive changes (e.g., furniture replacement) that may happen to the A-Level over the summer in 2015. It's possible, though by no means certain, that outlet repair might be part of this project.