We wanted to thank you all for your feedback from the LRC survey. Your responses are very important and help us determine what to fix, focus on, or improve in the coming months.
We know that there is still improvement to be made on the noise levels in the library. This past semester, we implemented noise zones to have dedicated areas for both quiet and collaborative study. We will continue to evaluate these noise zones and make changes to ensure that everyone has the study space they need. Already this summer we’ve gotten dirty and dusty shifting furniture around to provide more individual, quiet study spaces upstairs. We have also ordered more tables for group study space. Along with that, we are going to have a staff member stationed upstairs this fall to assist with any concerns.
Computers were also a major topic. We are working with IT to improve the computers in the library. We appreciated the feedback about computer programs you need for classes that we don’t have, and we will work to get as many of those as possible installed on our computers. We are also going to make sure that common programs such as Microsoft Word are more easily accessible so you don’t have to hunt around for them in Windows 8’s weird interface.
We know that computer availability has been an ongoing issue. Believe me, if we could double the number of computers in the library, we would do so in a heartbeat. But your comments have given us more leverage to work with IT and our budget to try to get more computers into the library. We can’t promise anything yet, but just know that we’re doing what we can. In the meantime, don’t forget that the library now has twelve Chromebooks that can be used, and are perfect if you just need to browse the internet or do online coursework.
We also know so many of you want wireless printing, and we do too! That might take longer to get going, but again, your feedback gives us more leverage to go to IT and say “Students want this. Let’s make this happen!” We will keep you updated as we investigate wireless printing further.
There are always more improvements to be made, and you don’t have to wait until the annual survey to suggest changes. If you have any comments, please don’t hesitate to e-mail us and let us know what we can do to make the library better. We are committed to doing everything we can to make this the best place on campus, but to be the best we can, we need to hear what’s best for you.
If you’ve glanced at the LRC home page recently, you may have noticed the haggard-looking llama scrolling past your eyes. Do you feel like this llama? Maybe you’re even starting to get that same look on your face? Then you need to head to the LRC for some stress relief!! Starting tomorrow, Room 109 will be filled with coffee, tea, water, and snacks to help you cope with your end-of-semester assignments and tests. These refreshments will be available during all of the LRC’s operating hours through Monday, May 11. If snacks and drinks don’t get rid of your worries, let Coastal’s Massage Therapy students give you a 15-minute chair massage! They will be in Room 110 (AKA the Bib Room) on May 6, 7, 8, & 11. Sign up for a time slot at our front desk. You won’t regret it! Times are filling up for this week, so be sure to stop by soon!
The entire staff at the LRC wish you GOOD LUCK on your finals! We hope that your semester ends on a positive note.
Try not to feel like the llama:
The LRC staff invites you to fill out our short anonymous survey for the 2014-2015 academic year. We would really love to see your feedback about all aspects of the LRC! You can fill out the survey by following this link. After completing the survey, you’ll have the option to enter a drawing for a $25 Target gift card!!! (I know how easy it is to spend $25 at Target, so you might as well have the LRC contribute to your next Target visit). Your name for the gift card drawing will remain separate from your survey responses. We look forward to hearing from you!
I don’t know about you, but at 4:00 PM today I’ll be skipping out to my car with a big smile on my face because Spring Break will be in full swing! I plan to spend some quality time on my couch. Maybe I’ll even read for enjoyment! We librarians do try to do that from time to time. :) If you’d like to dive into some spring break reading, you have until 5:00 PM today to swing by the LRC and check out one of our wonderful fiction books! We’ve added many new ones lately, too. Travelling for spring break? We’ve got some audiobooks to keep you going through those long drives!
The staff at the LRC hope that you have a wonderful break. We will be closed from Saturday, March 28 through Sunday, April 5. We will reopen at 7:00 AM with our regular semester hours on Monday, April 6.
That’s right, friends, it’s March. Make those brackets, scream when that big upset ruins your bracket, and then get ready for the next game. It’s basically Christmas for basketball, except it lasts a month rather than just one day.
And of course North Carolina is home to a rich basketball tradition, including the greatest rivalry ever, and what better time than March to read more about it? NC LIVE has some great ebooks to help you get started. Just search for the title using the ebooks tab on the library homepage.
I, of course, will strongly recommend Carolina Basketball: A Century of Excellence which talks about the history of the Tar Heels, the greatest team of all time (you know, when they aren’t embroiled in an academic scandal that extends 20 years). And if you want to relive the glory days, there’s also One Fantastic Ride: The Inside Story of Carolina Basketball’s 2009 Championship Season.
If you’re a fan of NC State, there’s a similar book also available: NC State Basketball: 100 Years of Innovation which details the history of the less exciting NC State team.
Duke hasn’t hit that 100 year mark yet, but there is sure to be another book published in the same vein published as its centennial draws closer. In the meantime, why not ILL a book about those Blue Devils? You have great options such as An Illustrated History of Duke Basketball: A Legacy of Achievement or Tales from the Blue Devils Locker Room: A Collection of the Greatest Duke Basketball Stories Ever Told.
And of course there are a number of books about that great rivalry between UNC and Duke, which will probably lead to Maria and I having an office divorce. In our own collection, we have Blue Blood: Duke-Carolina: Inside the Most Storied Rivalry in College Hoops and also Four Corners: How UNC, NC State, Duke, and Wake Forest Made North Carolina the Center of the Basketball Universe. I will also have to recommend the fantastically titled To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever: A Thoroughly Obsessive, Intermittently Uplifting, and Occasionally Unbiased Account of the Duke-North Carolina Basketball Rivalry available through interlibrary loan.
If the ACC isn’t quite your speed, there are plenty of other books on basketball available at your fingertips. Just search our book and ebook collections for “basketball.” Maybe we can interest you in learning about The Physics of Basketball?
May your favorite team win, unless your favorite team is playing against UNC, in which case I hope they lose.
I’m sure you’ve experienced it. You come to the library mid-morning. You’re ready to tackle your next assignment and do some research. But then you see it. All of the library computers are in use. Your carefully crafted plans collapse and you are forced to watch like a hawk for the next available computer. Well, we’ve taken one step toward fixing that problem. The library has purchased a set of twelve Google Chromebook laptops for use in the library.
What’s a Chromebook, you ask? A Chromebook is a laptop designed by Google designed primarily for internet use. It does not have applications like Microsoft Word or Powerpoint. It’s ideal for anyone looking to do research, online coursework, or online readings. It is not designed for writing papers or using other computer applications.
Like our textbooks, these laptops are on reserve. This means they can be used for up to 2 hours at a time in the library only. But you are free to take them wherever you need in the library, whether it’s upstairs in the quiet zone for quiet work or use in a group study room with fellow students.
So next time you come to the library and all of the computers are full, don’t fret. Just come ask for a Chromebook and the library staff will be happy to check one out to you. And be sure to ask if you have any questions about how to use them or what you can do.
It’s that time of year again: The LRC has processed a plethora (that’s such a great word) of new books! These new books include fiction, nonfiction, and reference titles. You will start seeing new DVDs and CDs soon as well! Have we mentioned that DVDs and CDs are on the first floor and can be checked out for a week? We strongly recommend coming in and taking a look. If you’d like to see all of our new books, this page displays them by subject area.
As always, we welcome your book suggestions!