Welcome back! Here’s what’s new @ Milne!

WhatsNewAs always, we’ve made some changes around the library over the summer. Here are some highlights!

Expanded Lower Level study area

We have expanded our seating on the Lower Level along windows — including new tables that all have access to power and comfortable seating.

Based upon student feedback during last year’s study space assessment, we have incorporated different table sizes to facilitate group study and independent study.

Updated Upper Level study area

The open study area on the north side of the Upper Level is primed for new furniture and more comfortable seating. The furniture is scheduled for delivery the first week of class. We apologize for the delay and really appreciate your patience while the new furniture is installed!

We think you’ll like the changes, as these new tables will be powered during the Fall semester — providing more options for students to charge their laptops.

Expanded Tech Help services

Milne Library is partnering with CIT to expand our Tech Help services in the library. Our Tech Help students will now be CIT-trained and managed, allowing them to provide additional services in the Library, such as:

  • Setting up your mobile device on Geneseo’s network
  • Academic software installation
  • Connecting to Geneseo services
  • VPN setup
  • Virtual Lab setup

Kindle Textbooks on Reserve

We are piloting a new way of providing affordable access to textbooks. Starting this semester, we will be circulating selected textbooks on Kindle Fire HD tablets. The Kindles can be checked out for 4 hours and include the following textbooks:

New netbooks & more graphing calculators available

We are now circulating 10 new netbooks. These are much faster Windows 8 devices with touchscreen navigation. In addition, we’ve added 6 more TI-89 Titanium graphing calculators to our inventory, giving us 10 available for checkout at the Service Desk.

 

Student use of Milne Library: What you told us and what we’re going to do about it

Last fall, Milne Library staff distributed a survey on library tables asking students why and how they used Milne Library spaces. We also asked students for suggestions about how the spaces could be improved. We are grateful to those of you who took the time to fill out the survey and turn it in – your responses will help us plan future improvements to the library.

General thoughts:
We received 456 responses, pretty evenly distributed among the three floors of the library.

Overall, students are hard at work in our library. Students spend their time doing homework, studying, writing and working on projects. Smaller numbers of students are visiting with friends, eating lunch or passing time on the internet (mostly in association with more serious endeavors).

Students choose seats based on their particular studying needs. While many students indicated that they need to concentrate (and selected spaces on the third floor as a result), others needed to be around people or needed space to spread out.  In some cases, students selected space out of necessity – it was the only spot available. Some students suggested that the comfortable seating was great for naps, while others used the comfy chairs for intense reading.

Power:
One of the biggest complaints (in certain areas) was the lack of power outlets. As we renovate new areas, we will endeavor to add power. This isn’t cheep, however, and requires extensive prior planning. Our 50 year old building wasn’t equipped to handle modern power demands, so most additional power outlets require upgrades to our electrical network.

The survey responses provided us with several locations where additional power outlets would be appreciated the most.

Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 11.18.14 AM

Students also identified areas where outlets or study carrel lights weren’t working, and we are working hard to make the necessary repairs.

Suggestions and changes:
We got some great feedback on the type of tables students like. With a few dissenters, students really don’t like the new Y-shaped tables on the main floor.  A few even tried to explain why:

Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 11.19.37 AM

We won’t be buying more of those.

Students also recommended filling spaces with a variety of table sizes, in order to avoid problems when one person takes up a table intended for six. We intend to remodel some spaces on the lower level of Milne this summer, and we are taking these suggestions into account when ordering tables.

Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 11.20.41 AM

In areas where students had access to whiteboards, they expressed how much they like them. As a result, we will be looking for places to add additional whiteboards (as money allows).

There were a few suggestions that we won’t be able to accommodate.  We won’t be adding a fourth floor or getting a new building any time soon (unfortunately). We will not be adding a hot tub, an open bar, a bouncy castle or a taco bell. While turning the library into a TARDIS (bigger on the inside) would help with our not-enough-space issues, our technical staff (while extraordinary) have not quite figured out how to do this. Sorry.

Fotor0212112725

 

Milne’s Center for Academic Excellence: New Name, Same Services

What once was Milne Library’s Writing & Learning Center – consisting of AOP tutoring services, the satellite center for the English Department’s Writing Learning Center, ELL tutoring and speech buddies program and the Geneseo Testing Center – has officially been renamed to better represent the many helpful services offered in the center.

Welcome to the Milne Center for Academic Excellence!

Center for Academic Excellence

Beginning in January 2012, the English Department’s Writing Learning Center shifted all operations to Milne’s location, supplementing its evening and weekend drop-in hours with regularly scheduled appointments Monday-Friday from 1-5 pm, which had traditionally taken place in Welles Hall.

The Center for Academic Excellence received a new facelift over the winter break as well – new carpeting, a glass panel in the front window, and potentially glass doors to separate the two rooms within the center – all in an effort to make the space comfortable and conducive to studying and testing.

Information regarding the services offered in the center can be found at a newly designed and comprehensive website.

New Group Study Spaces

Welcome back everyone – we heard many requests for group study spaces – so the Milne staff added 10 new group study spaces in Milne’s lower level. We hope you find them useful spaces as you work on your research projects – speaking of research – drop by the service desk or schedule a research consultation whenever you want to find out tips and tools for research projects. Have a great fall and welcome back.

Group Study in Lower Level Milne Library
New Group Study in Milne Library

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.

Looking for a place to study? Try one of our classrooms

Did you know that all of Milne Library’s classrooms are available for student use whenever they aren’t in use for a class?

While our classrooms can be pretty busy during the day with classes and meetings, students can use them to study, chat or sleep whenever there isn’t an event scheduled.

Each of our classrooms is a bit different:

  • Room 104 – The downstairs computer lab, with 40 desktop computers
  • Room 105 – Rectangular and circular tables with plenty of power outlets along the walls
  • Room 109 – Our newest and smallest classroom, the tables have power strips to plug in your laptop
  • Room 213 – Round tables make group work easy (see the image above)

For room locations, see our library floor plans.

In order to find out if space is available, check out the schedule monitors outside of each classroom, or the main schedule monitor in the library lobby.

You can also check the classroom schedule online (click filter to limit the results to rooms in Milne Library).

Student groups can also reserve one of our classrooms for group meetings by filling out this online form.

Questions? Email us.

Earth Science Week

Earth Science Week is October 14 to 21, 2007.

This week is the tenth annual “Earth Science Week.” The goal of Earth Science Week is to increase public awareness of earth science in education and society. This year’s theme is “The Pulse of Earth Science.”

To celebrate, have a look at some great Earth Science resources available from Milne Library and on the Web:

Or you can catch up on some earth science related news:

And just for fun: