Each year the Graduating Senior Class selects its “Teacher of the Year”. Beginning Monday, April 20th, please vote for the faculty member who you believe best exhibits the following characteristics:
• Maintains the highest standards of academic excellence and fairness.
• Inspires interest in the discipline through personal enthusiasm and dedication.
• Is consistently effective in communication.
• Is available outside of the classroom.
To vote, make sure to cast your electronic ballot between 9am on Monday, April 20th and 5pm on Friday, April 24th. The award will be presented during Class Night on May 29.
Class of 2009, your vote counts – so be sure to remember and recognize a faculty member whose teaching has inspired you!
This Friday, April 10th, the PALCI E-ZBorrow service will be down from 9am until 12pm noon. The University of Pittsburgh University Library System, which hosts E-ZBorrow, will be conducting some required maintenance during that time period.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.
Our students have been asking for more study space (such dedicated learners!), and here at the Weinberg, we’re doing our best to meet their needs.
During intersession, Library staff members moved some of our less-often used print periodicals down to the basement in order to free up some space on the 1st floor. The shelves that used to hold those periodicals have just been removed, so there’s a nice chunk of empty space waiting by the group study rooms.
Tables and chairs have been ordered and will arrive on Monday. Be the first to try them out, and let us know what you think!
Update: The freight company who is shipping our new furniture had to change our delivery date from today (Monday) to tomorrow (Tuesday). So we’ll have to wait one more day for our new study space. Sigh.
Update Part 2: New tables and chairs are here! Come try them out!
Okay, technically it’s not really a new catalog – our Library catalog still includes all of the books, e-books, videos, and periodicals you know and love. But it does have a shiny new interface that we hope will make it easier for our students and faculty to discover new resources.
New features of the catalog include…
A Tag Cloud that you can use to find resources on similar topics (you can even add your own tags if you like!)
A “Refine By…” tool to help you narrow down your search results to exactly what you need for your research
An “Articles and More” tool that will help you extend your search to find articles from some of our databases
A “Recently Added” box to show you what’s new on any given topic
Interested? Try out a search by going to the Library’s homepage. Type in the box, and hit the big orange arrow.
Don’t like what you see? You can still use the “classic” catalog interface – just look under the Library Catalogs menu and click on the first link for Our Classic Catalog.
Thanks to the students and faculty who have gave us feedback in the LibQual Survey. During Spring break, the Information Resources staff and Library Systems staff worked to improve computer performance in the Pro Deo Room. Staff worked on each computer work station and upgraded the network hubs on the 1st and 3rd floors to switches in order to improve network performance on those floors. We welcome your input. Please report any computer problems to the Circulation Desk on the Library’s 1st Floor.
From now on, get the latest Weinberg Memorial Library news (and an RSS feed of our blog posts) by following us – @UofSLibrary. While you’re at it, reply and let us know what you think of our Library! In 140 characters or less, that is.
If you’re like us and new to the Twitterverse, here are a few resources to help you get started on your new so-microblogged life:
Feeling tweepish about not knowing what the heck your tweeple are tweeting about? You need the Twitter Glossary from the Twitter Fan Wiki.
With Twitter Search, you can watch what the world is doing in real time.
Midterms are almost over (cue victory music), and that means Spring Break is upon us. Here are the Library Hours over the next week for Spring Break:
Friday, March 13: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Saturday-Sunday, March 14-15: Closed
Monday-Thursday, March 16-19: 8:00 AM-10:00 PM
Friday, March 20: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Saturday, March 21: Closed
And on Sunday, March 22nd, we return to our normal schedule.
One other important update regarding access to the Internet on-campus over Spring Break:
Please note, there will be an extended Internet and Wireless Network outage on Monday, March 16th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm and again on Tuesday, March 17th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm in order to accommodate necessary network security maintenance and upgrade procedures. During these periods, all internal resources (e.g., my.scranton, Banner, Angel, Self-Service) will still be available from on-campus locations, however there will be no Internet or Wireless network connectivity.
So, there ya have it. Have a great break everyone! Be safe!