IRIS News and Notes, September 2002
Contents:Tower Café opening
Laptop Loan Program and survey
Olin Information Service Point
Robison Fund support for Olin Reference Desk
Cell phone zones
New & Noteworthy Web site
Special Focus: IRIS Research Department
Borrow Direct update
Well the students are back, nightly temperatures are dipping into the 50's, and according to Ann Landers, it's time to stop wearing white. Fall semester has started. Here's what's new from the past month.
Uris: Probably the main event of the past month is the work to create a new café in Uris, called Tower Café, which opens for business on September 4th. From start to finish, this project took a little over 3 weeks to accomplish! We are most appreciative of the collaborative efforts of Library Facilities, Cornell Planning, Design, and Construction, and Campus Life/Cornell Dining in bringing this about. Take a look at the beautiful open space on the 8th level of Uris. In the coming months, we're hoping to add new furniture and comfy seating.
We have also successfully consolidated the Laptop Loan Program in Uris Library. The laptops are for use in Uris, Olin, and Kroch only. Take a look at the Uris Laptop Website designed by Mikki Winberg. It includes a link to an on-line survey to get user feedback and to help us improve the service.
We're still on target for the new Olin Reference Desk, scheduled for installation in mid-October. The manufacture and installation costs for this desk have been supported by a gift from the Robison Fund in memory of Doris B. Robison and Ellis H. Robison, Class of 1918.
As I mentioned in the August Update, we are designating Cell Phone Zones in Olin and Uris. Craig Mains designed the wonderful circular signs designating approved locations. We'll be monitoring the noise levels in the cell phone zone areasin the two cafés, in the stairwells, near public phones, and the entrances to Olin and Uris. All other areas will be designated cell-phone free, and I hope you will steer any offenders to approved locations.
The New and Noteworthy Collection is now divided into three sections: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Selected New Books. The decision to divide the collection into these categories stemmed from reader input in last spring's survey. There is also a developing website for the Collection, that includes policies, reviews, a suggestion box, and an author/title list.
This Month's Feature Focus: The Research Department
New Staff, New Assignments
There is a bumper crop of new staff in IRIS. Kimberly LaMorte is the IRIS Administrative Assistant in 213 Olin; there are 3 new reference assistants-Tina Hein, Gaby Gessner, and Clay Chiment; 2 new Olin senior circulation assistants-Duane Edwards and Emily Conway; and in Music, there are 2 new staff members-Eric Feinstein (evening supervisor) and Lenora Schneller (daytime supervisor). At the Fine Arts Library, Brandt Stickley became the night supervisor, and beginning September 1st, Martha Walker assumed a two-year position as Fine Arts Librarian.
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