February 15th, 2013 by Amy Kautzman
QUESTION: What aren’t there more electrical outlets throughout the Shields Library?
ANSWER: The boring answer is that Shields is an old building and when it was built we didn’t carry computers and cell phones everywhere. Therefore there was no need for the number of outlets we now want.
The story behind that answer is the fact that the Library and ASUCD have partnered to provide more outlets. Last year we added power strips to the desks in the 24/7 Reading Room. Two summers ago we added more outlets to the 2nd floor Reading Room tables. Many years back we added power to hundreds of the individual cubicles. It. Still. Isn’t. Enough.
So, as we look into our future and consider what you need and how the building needs to meet those needs — we will be looking into providing more power. There is no immediate funding for more power in the next year. But providing more power is a priority and we hear you. Seriously, we do.
February 12th, 2013 by Amy Kautzman
QUESTION: Can you re-open the staircase connecting the Main Reading Room to the 24 hour reading room. It would be safer for students studying when the library closes and an overall convenience for everyone.
ANSWER: We have explored the option of opening up that stairwell during evening hours. It would allow more students to have access to library space after hours, and honestly — the Reading Room is MUCH better looking and more comfortable.
This idea is not off the table, but it does require more $$ to manage the space and keep the library and our students secure. This year we are examining a number of ways in which we can better support undergrad’s space needs. We have a Student Library Advisory Committee and are meeting regularly with the ASUCD. Between these two groups, suggestions from users, and our year-long study of library space we hope to radically improve student space in the library.
I hope you’re not graduating this year because you may see some really great changes in the future. Of course, and I hate this part, it does take time and we do need to raise funds. But I think our ideas are entirely doable.