New Home in Milne for Digital Media Lab

DML Logo

DML LogoThe Digital Media Lab in Milne Library, a collaboration between CIT and Milne, had a very successful inaugural year.  This past summer, the DML moved to a new location in Milne to meet the growing needs of the campus community and to give users an even better experience.  The renovated DML now occupies the former location of the Center for Academic Excellence, an enclosed area with more space, on the library’s main level next to the new office of Dave Parfitt (Director of the Teaching and Learning Center).

Digital Media Lab
Renovated and Newly Located DML in Milne

The DML was created to give students a place to design and create exciting media projects for their classes and to support faculty as they continue to expand their use of instructional technologies. The lab is open during the same hours as the library; professional staff and students are available to help the Geneseo campus community with their digital media needs through consultations and workshops. Several types of media equipment (video cameras, portable hard disk drives, etc.) are available for signout at the service desk. More information about the Digital Media Lab, along with a list of equipment for signout, can be found at http://www.geneseo.edu/dml.

New Copiers and Microform Scanners Come to Milne

ST ViewScan Scanner Station

Copiers

Gone are the days of bringing coins to Milne Library or asking for change at the service desk in order to use the copy machines in Milne. New for the start of the Fall 2012 semester, students, staff and faculty will be able to use the copiers in Milne simply by entering their SUNY Geneseo username and password on a touch screen display or by passing their SUNY Geneseo ID cards in front of an attached card reader. Cost of the copies will be automatically deducted from their printer balance.

Copier
Coin Free Copiers

Each floor of the library has one copier:

Lower Floor: black & white copier located along the wall between the Microforms and Indexes & Guides.
Main Floor: color/black & white copier located in the study area. This copier automatically detects whether you are printing color or black and white and charges the appropriate amount.
Upper Floor: black & white copier located in the new Census and Data Demographics Data room.

Community guests will have access to the copiers too. They will need to stop at the Service Desk in Milne so a staff member can get them logged in to the copier.

 

Microform Readers

If you have been hesitant to view and scan microform (microfilm, microfiche & microcard) because of  big, bulky equipment, hesitate no more.

ST ViewScan
ST ViewScan Microform Scanner

Milne Library has replaced its large microform readers/scanners with two state-of- the-art, all-digital  ST ViewScan scanners, giving users greater flexibility in how they scan microform. These scanners, located on the lower level, are fast and produce excellent high quality scans.

ST ViewScan Scanner Station
ST ViewScan Scanner Station

The scanners are equipped with their own MS Windows software that is easy to use so you can get the exact scan you need, plus the ability to easily save your scans (right to your Google Drive, if you like). Stop in soon and give one a try — you won’t be disappointed.

Library Renovations; Summer 2012!

Concept drawing of the new home for archives & special collections

Summer improvements to Milne Library are well underway!  A new glass enclosure is being built to house our special collections, college archives and the Genesee Valley Historical Collection on the lower level of the library.  The enclosure is equipped with UV resistant glass to better protect the collections from damaging light, while making them more accessible to library users.

 

 

In order to make way for the new special collections area, the print journals that are currently shelved on the lower level outside classroom 105 will be relocated to the upper level of the library.   Before the glass enclosure goes up, new carpeting will be installed during the first two weeks of June.

Journal train: carts of print journals ready to be moved to the upper level

The move will provided two new group study areas inside the glass enclosure and an additional group study area just outside the enclosure.

On the main floor, both the Center Academic Excellence and the Digital Media Lab will move into spaces with a bit more leg room.  Once the Genesee Valley Historical collection is relocated to the new glass enclosure on the lower level, the Center for Academic Excellence will move into that space on the main floor.  The Digital Media Lab will move into Milne 210 which once housed the Center Academic Excellence.

On the upper level, the room that once housed our college archives will house the new Census and Copy Center and provide a space for group study on the upper level.  In addition, a new study room will be available by reservation in the room that once held the X collection.  We’re sure that both of these study spaces will be popular with our students.

It is our hope that all of these changes will improve library services for our users, so pardon our dust during this exciting time!

Video Highlights Recent Library Improvements

As anyone who has visited Milne Library (or this blog) during the past month already knows, the folks here were very busy this summer making improvements to everything from the Writing  Learning Center to IDS  to the new Service Desk.  For a neat little overview, click here to watch a student-produced video highlighting these changes.

Relocation of Periodicals Creates More Study Space on Milne’s Lower Level

Journals being sent to Fraser

Over the summer, additional study tables were added to the Periodical Area on Milne’s lower level.   The space was freed up after a reorganization of the print periodical collections that included integrating 11,000 Milne periodicals and 6,000 Holcomb periodicals into the Fraser Periodical Storage Area.    The migration of many of our journals to an online format means that much of our print collection does not need to be readily accessible and can be housed elsewhere on campus.    Patrons can request retrieval of stored material by filling out an IDS request form.

Hey, Where Did the Reference Desk Go?

New Research Consultation Area

Yes, it’s true that the Reference Desk previously located directly behind the Minerva statue was removed during summer renovations.  But rest assured that the personnel and services provided at the former Reference Desk have not gone away.  In fact,  they have been relocated in an area specifically designed to provided better and more in-depth research assistance.

The new Research Consultations area is situated directly behind the revamped  Service Desk and features three computer work stations equipped with large monitors, a conference-sized table suitable for group consultations, and white boards useful for brainstorming ideas or documenting strategies.  Both students and faculty will find the new environment more relaxed and better suited for the give-and-take of the research interview process.  The new setting away from the busy traffic flow will mean fewer interruptions and distractions during consultation sessions.

We want to encourage EVERYONE to engage the reference librarians in the new Research Consultations area via any of several options.   At any time feel free to drop-in and ask a librarian for assistance.  Another popular means of contact is via chat using our IM a Librarian service from the library’s web page.   Also from our web site you can schedule an extended Research Consultation with a subject specialist.

Books & Bytes Grand Opening

Join us in Milne Library on September 28th, 29th & 30th to celebrate our sleek new cafe! It’s been a summer of hard work renovating to make it bigger, better and more beautiful.

Come try out a tasty pannini and chips or grab a healthy salad; there are lots of choices now as well as the standards like baked goods and of course, plenty of coffee. If that’s not enough to tempt you, there are prizes to be given out throughout all three days.

Monday kicks off with a Ceremonial Coffee Toast and you can still enter to win a SEMESTER of FREE COFFEE!

“Coffee Beans” image courtesy of Flickr user Refracted Moments (TM)

The travels and adventures of our CD collection

Things never stay in the same place for long here at Milne, and our CD collection is no exception.

Over the summer we rearranged a lot of offices, classrooms, and technology here in the library. As a result, the CD collection has been moved to the third floor (the upper floor) at the top of the main stair case.

In addition to the new location, we are interested in expanding the collection. What types of music do you like to borrow from the library? Leave some suggestions in the comments below to help us expand the collection.