Suggestions and Comments
DATE: April 18, 2009
SUBJECT: Graduate Study Rooms
COMMENT: The graduate study rooms are a great asset, however it is difficult for any graduate student to make significant progress in a matter of 2 hours (the maximum amount of time one student may check out the key to the grad study rooms). It becomes more of a hassle than it is worth to use these rooms. I suggest the library allow graduate students to check out room keys for 2 hours/ graduate student using the room: for instance, if two students want to use the room, they both show their ID and can use the room for 4 hours; if 5 students want to use the room, they show their ID\'s and use the room for a total of 10 hours.
Also, I have witnessed individuals viewing pornographic materials in the library on many occasions. This makes me uncomfortable. I suggest that students be required to log in and out of computers so that use may be monitored per student. If pornographic content is continually viewed, or reports are made about a certain computer being used to the library staff the staff may find out what student is using the computer and the
student may be addressed via email, etc.
Thank you for your suggestion regarding the graduate study rooms. This is the first full semester in which we have been able to offer them, and we will take your idea under advisement as we review the usage data and other feedback this summer. The length of the reservation period needs to be related to the amount of demand, i.e., we do not want to set the reservation period so long that some students can't get any time slot at all on the day of their need.
Regarding the viewing of pornography, you should report this to the personnel at the Learning Commons desk if
you are uncomfortable. The university does not censor what students view over the Internet, but if someone's
viewing is causing a distraction or disturbance we will at minimum ask them to move to a more discreet location.
Bede Mitchell, Dean of the Library