Library prepares for increased traffic

Students line up at the math lab for assistance as finals and the end of the semester approach in two weeks. Official testing days for finals week are Dec. 13–15. ZACHARY SEAMONS | Scroll Photography

The library staff is making preparations for the extra demand that normally occurs during the final weeks of the semester.

“There’s no question that we see more during midterms and more during the end of the semester,” said Brooks Haderlie, an assistant university librarian. “We now have a professional librarian on staff every hour that the building is open. There’s always someone [students] can contact.”

The practice of having one librarian on staff at all times started this year. Librarians offer students help with finding books, digital media resources and other materials for research, as well as help with citations.

There will not be many changes made in scheduling and staffing during finals week.

“We just adjust the schedule somewhat so then we have student employees replacing books or whatever needs to be happening,” Haderlie said.

Library staff said that computers usually meet the students needs as well.

“The computers in the library are there if you didn’t bring your laptop or it’s broken,” Haderlie said. “So there’s usually enough space. But it might be necessary for people to bring their own machine for group work or they’ll have to ask a librarian for help.”

Although library staff anticipates that most materials will meet students needs, some materials are frequently in short supply.

“If a teacher puts a book on reserve, then those books can get heavy, heavy use,” said Sam Nielson, a librarian who manages the library statistics. “We have a box of bones for an anatomy class. Those are usually gone all day.”

Library statistics show that group study rooms are the busiest section of the library. Haderlie said that it may be difficult to find a room for study groups at peak hours.

According to Scheduling Office statistics, the busiest time for group study rooms in the library is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., peaking at 2 p.m. The busiest day of the week is Friday.

There are also group study rooms available in the Manwaring Center, which may be reserved through the Scheduling Office by email, by phone or by visiting the Scheduling Office in MC 191.

According to library statistics, the library as a whole is busiest between noon and 3 p.m.

The library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from December 18 to 21 and will be closed from December 22 to 25 for Christmas.

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