Vol. 3, Issue 2
We welcome our new Late night Supervisor janelle Sander to the UGL! Janelle is temporarily helping with Circulation, Billing and other projects.
This month, we also bid farewell to another staff member, Deborah Pfeiffer: Debora was with the UGL staff for four years and has now moved on to the International and Area Studies Library.
The Undergraduate Edge Plaza level
You may have noticed a Swipe Card Station at the Plaza Level of the Undergraduate Library. This station (pictured at left) is new and was installed for the safety of our patrons. Between 12AM and 6AM, you must have and I-Card in order to enter the Undergraduate Library. Furthermore, between the hours of 2AM-6AM, you must have your I-Card with you in order to remain in the building. Be prepared to show your I-Card if asked to by Library Staff or Security.
Thanks to the hard work of our staff and student assistants, the conversion from Dewey to Library of Congress Call Numbers is nearing completion for all books. Media items will be converted beginning in the Spring.
In case you were wondering what the difference is between these two types of Call numbers, Dewey Call Numbers begin with numerals and divide all subjects into ten main classes. This is an example of a Dewey Call number for “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemmingway:
A Library of Congress Call Number begins with letters rather than numbers. It provides a guide to the books actually in the library, not a classification of all subjects.
Here is a Library of Congress Call number for “The Old Man and the Sea”: PS3515.E55 O4 1952
Originally, the UGL followed the Dewey Decimal System. Over the summer, the conversion process to Library of Congress Call Numbers began. This conversion involves staff locating books to be converted, assign a call number by locating the books in major libraries and finally relabeling the item after a new call number is created.
If you would like to know more about how to use Library of Congress Call Numbers, you can visit this handy guide:
http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/howdoi/lccallnumber.html If you still have questions, our staff is always willing to help you.
The UGL now has a new Circulation Point downstairs, where our student assistants and staff can serve patrons browsing our main collection and media area. A new self-check station is being installed for the Spring. This service point allows library patrons to check out their materials and get needed assistance on the lower level.
For our patrons’ convenience, the UGL now has lockers for use. These lockers are simple to use by way of a four digit code. Please keep in mind that each night at 2AM, these lockers will be emptied and all items will be placed in the Lost and Found.
During the summer, the upper floor of the UGL got a new look. Thanks to donated funds (see below in our Donor Thanks section) over 100 of our chairs are being refurbished. We also have new computer workstations with built in electrical plugs. We also have four longer collaboration rooms.
This is just one of the many new workstations installed this summer.
One of our older chairs (left) alongside one of our newly refurbished chairs (right).