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Suggestions and Comments

Anti-bacterial Soap Bad

February 10th, 2012 by Amy Kautzman

QUESTION:  I would like to see hand soap in all bathrooms that is not anti-bacterial.  Anti-bacterial soap kills off non-resistant bacteria, strengthening the bacteria present that are resistant to antibiotics.  The Library is a good place on campus to start.

ANSWER:  Thank you for feeling that the Library is a good epicenter of change, we feel strongly that we are.  We’ve worked on incorporating lights that save electricity and $$.  We’ve provided gender neutral/family bathrooms and we are dedicated to improving UCD life as we know it.  I, too have seen some anti-bacterial soap studies (look them up on Biosis! http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/research/subjects/index.php?id=50) that suggest you are right and others that argue in the other direction.

What I will do is put your suggestion forward to campus facilities.  I suggest that you also contact them and advocate for what you believe.

Copy Card Security

February 10th, 2012 by Amy Kautzman

QUESTION: My ID card was stolen.  Fraudulent print/copy charges have been applied to my account. What can I do?

ANSWER:  I’m really sorry to hear this.  To clarify, your ID card is also your Reprographics copy card.  If your ID card is ever lost or stolen you need to contact campus immediately to secure your account: http://registrar.ucdavis.edu/html/photoid.html.
Additionally, when making copies it is imperative that you exit the process after using a copy machine.  If you do not, some unscrupulous person can make copies that will be charged to your account.  Not cool.

If you have any questions or problems with campus copy services, please contact Reprographics: http://reprographics.ucdavis.edu/revalue_request.

Get Some Tamora Pierce Books!

February 10th, 2012 by Amy Kautzman

QUESTION:  Get some Tamora Pierce books (insert smiley face).  There are approximately 25 now, most of them NYT bestsellers (very popular).  And they’re the same target audience as The Hunger Games series, which you do have.  Let me know the reason (if there is one) that you don’t have ’em, I’m curious.  Otherwise, y’all are brilliant and helpful.  Have a brilliant day!

ANSWER:  Thank you for making this suggestion, I’m going to assume you are a fan and not Tamora Pierce trying to get us to buy her books!  As you can imagine, there are millions of books UC Davis Libraries do not own, particularly when it comes to young adult, popular titles.  What makes us brilliant and helpful (thank you for that complement) is the fact that there are millions of books we DO own.

Our focus is on collecting titles that move scholarship forward.  We may own The Hunger Games (loved them!) because they were taught in a class or put on Reserves by a faculty member.  Our Subject Specialist will be given your request and he will make a qualified decision on whether Ms. Pierce’s titles belong in our collection.  He will be in contact with you to let you know his decision.

Couches, Pls!

February 10th, 2012 by Amy Kautzman

QUESTION: Please, could we have more couches to curl up on and read?

ANSWER: Thank you very much for making a request via our suggestion box. I agree with you!  I too would love to see more comfortable couches and chairs in all of the UC Davis Libraries.  We are well aware of this desire and the Library is hoping to address our “comfort issues” when we bring in a new University Librarian.   Stay in touch, we hope to have a plan soon for meeting our user’s many thoughtful suggestions.

Suggestions for Dance Literature and DVDs

February 10th, 2012 by Amy Kautzman

QUESTION: We need more contemporary dance and literature DVDs. (titles of DVDS and books listed out on paper).

ANSWER: Thank you very much for placing book and DVD suggestions in our suggestion box. I will pass these on to our subject specialist; Michael Winter.
http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/research/subjects/index.php?id=9

If you want to make more suggestions in the future, please use our online suggestion form. It allows for immediate action.
http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/forms/suggestions/