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Comments from 2015 See previous years

Is there any way to request texts for the library?
Comment from Anonymous on Mar 23 2015

Simply complete the Request a Purchase Form.

Answered by Lisabeth Chabot, College Librarian

It is a problem that the institution/library does not offer laptops for loan that students can take back to their residence for a period of time. [truncated] Thank you and I hope to discuss this further on a platform that is not a publicized forum.
Comment from Anonymous on Mar 23 2015

The intended purpose of the laptops is to allow computer use on all floors of the building, since the building's wiring will not support any more desktop computers. The Library expanded our hours to a 24/5 schedule to allow students to use our resources (including computers) whenever needed. We suggest that you share your idea with the ITS Helpdesk, as ITS handles campus-wide technology issues.

Answered by Lisabeth Chabot, College Librarian

Here for Ed Tech Day. Yours is the best functioning library website I've seen. Kudos to whoever is responsible.
Comment from Visitor on Mar 19 2015

Thanks very much! We're glad you found it useful.

Answered by Ron Gilmour, Web Services Librarian

I like the background music playing before you enter the library. It is a nice way of relaxation! Much appreciated.
Comment from Anonymous on Mar 18 2015

The music and images being projected are an ongoing project of the Art History department.  Mara Baldwin, Director of the Handwerker Gallery, will be pleased to know that her efforts are noticed and appreciated.

Answered by Lisabeth Chabot, College Librarian

Is it possible to put up signs telling patrons to be "considerate of others." Studying in the library, especially the 3rd floor cubicles, has become increasingly difficult due to people who have no respect or consideration for others around them.
Comment from Anonymous on Mar 03 2015

During mid-terms and the run-up to Spring Break we see increasing numbers of people using all areas of our Library.  
Please remember that the 2nd and 3rd floors are given over to group or collaborative study and the 4th and 5th floors are designated as quiet study floors.
I would appreciate it if you would consider contacting me personally; we'd like to know the exact area you are referring to so we may follow up on your suggestion.
Please send me an email or ask for me at the Multimedia Desk.
Thank you.

Answered by John Birk, Collections and Facility Supervisor

Your New DVD List popup blurbs have a kink. Boxtrolls is 1 hr 37 min, not 37 min. Nightcrawler is an 1 hr 58 min, not 58 min, and there are more.
Comment from Anonymous on Feb 25 2015

Nice catch! Thank you for pointing out this glitch! It's fixed now.

Answered by Ron Gilmour, Web Services Librarian

Is there a place to safely dispose of non-rechargable batteries on campus?
Comment from Anonymous on Feb 23 2015

There are several e-waste recycle bins placed around campus - the bins accept rechargeable batteries, CFLs, ink cartridges, cell phones, cordless phones, and other small electronics.  There is a bin in the library entrance way - next to the Ithaca Times newsstand.   Questions about e-waste recycling should be directed to the Recycling Line at 274-1777. 

Answered by Lisabeth Chabot, College Librarian

Could someone take a look at the door to the library from Whalen? It's been getting jammed for a lot of people and it's not that it's locked, it's just tricky to open sometimes. And it's recently been a more frequent issue.
Comment from Anonymous on Feb 22 2015

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, a maintenance service request has been submitted 6:45 2/23/2015

Answered by John Birk, Collections and Facility Supervisor

I see somebody wanted colored pencils so you ordered some. I'd like to check out a hamster, can you order one?
Comment from Anonymous on Feb 20 2015

Sadly, rodents fall outside of both our collection development policy and the College's pet policy. But thanks to our friends at YouTube, you can watch hours of amusing hamster videos like this one:

Answered by Ron Gilmour, Web Services Librarian

I want to be able to check out colored pencils!! Thank you
Comment from Suggestion Box on Feb 20 2015

Thank you for your suggestion.

A box of colored pencils is on order.

Answered by Ben Hogben, Access Services Manager

Hi! I know this question has been brought up before, but I want to put it on the table again. I think the library should have a microwave that is accessible to students. With the addition of grab-n-go and the library cafe, the facility is essentially encouraging more students to bring and eat food in the library. I know that none of your products require a microwave, but students will often eat a meal brought from an outside source into the library. Please consider these facts for the possibility of adding a microwave in the library. Thank you.
Comment from Anonymous on Feb 19 2015

We have reviewed the heating/cooking of items in the public space in the library with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, particularly in vew of the installation of the Cafe.  EHS informed us that doing so has the potential to trigger the smoke/fire detection system that is in place to protect the library collections and computers.  Once the system is triggered, EHS requires an evacuation and extended investigation.  Based on the success of our pilot Cafe initiative, we expect to continue to collaborate with Dining Services in order to offer Grab and Go as a convenience to students.

Answered by John Birk, Collections and Facility Supervisor

The hand dryer in the men's room on the 3rd floor hasn't worked in a LONG TIME. Can a maintenance request be put in? Thanks!
Comment from Anonymous on Feb 19 2015

Thank you for letting us know, we will take care of that directly.


Answered by John Birk, Collections and Facility Supervisor

Oxford music online isnt working - please help!
Comment from Anonymous on Feb 11 2015

We have checked access and it is currently working. Due to contractual restrictions, Oxford Music Online is limited to 8 simultaneous users. You may want to try again at an off-peak time.

Answered by Kate Payne, Electronic Resources Coordinator

Hello! The library is a little toasty on the main floor. Can you please turn down the heat or have facilities fix the issue? Thank you.
Comment from Anonymous on Feb 10 2015

Lately the LIbrary and other buildings on campus have been experiencing fluctuating temperatures that are not comfortable to all.  Some areas of the Library are very cool and others are too warm, as you have noticed.  I will follow up with the HVAC crew and perhaps they can make some adjustments.

Answered by John Birk, Collections and Facility Supervisor

Hi. The library is uncomfortably warm. Is there any way that you guys could turn down the heat? Its probably at least a couple degrees over 70! Thanks!
Comment from Anonymous on Feb 06 2015

We will talk to Facilities about the indoor temperatures - it is actually below 55 degrees in other parts of the building.  They may be able to make some air handling adjustments.

Answered by John Birk, Collections and Facility Supervisor

I love the library and the people working there are great. One of my favorite aspects to the library in the winter is the bridge between Whalen and the library. It makes life a lot easier when going back and forth. I was just wondering why they close it overnight and if you would consider leaving it open, or even just extending the hours a bit? Thanks!
Comment from Anonymous on Feb 05 2015

The entrance to Whalen closes at 10 pm for security reasons as the closest service point is not staffed after this time.

Answered by Lisabeth Chabot, College Librarian

I would like to see more power outlets installed, or more power strips for use at the library. There are not nearly enough spots for students to plug in.
Comment from Anonymous on Feb 05 2015

We have discussed adding more power outlets with Facilities.   In the meantime,  you can check out power strips at the Circulation Desk.

Answered by Lisabeth Chabot, College Librarian

I love working at the library! It is a very good environment to get work and I appreciate everything you guys do to keep it up and running smoothly. Thanks a lot!
Comment from Tim on Feb 04 2015

Thanks for the positive feedback - we recognize that the Library serves many functions for many users.  We develop resources and services with our users in mind and will continue to do so.

Answered by Lisabeth Chabot, College Librarian

With the addition of grab-n-go, I find the library a distracting place to work (especially during the lunch hour on Tuesday/Thursday). Please move Grab-n-go back to campus center. Isn't the purpose of a library to have a quiet and working atmosphere and not a gathering place for lunch?
Comment from Anonymous on Feb 03 2015

Grab-n-Go is being offered as a pilot service this year.  We periodically meet with Dining Services staff to review the service and will share your comment.  Please note that floors 4 and 5 are quiet floors where you can use one of the Library's circulating laptops via the wireless network.

Answered by Lisabeth Chabot, College Librarian

The library should consider purchasing macbook air chargers! Thank you!
Comment from Anonymous on Feb 02 2015

Thank you for your suggestion.

The Library will consider your request. In the mean-time, the Circulation Desk has a Macbook Pro that may be borrowed for six hours.

Answered by Ben Hogben, Access Services Manager

Why don't they snowblow the roads/pathways instead of shoveling?
Comment from Anonymous on Feb 02 2015

The Grounds Crew in the Office of Facilities uses a variety of equipment to maintain the campus.  Snowplows and sweepers are used to clear roads and pathways.  Staircases and entries are cleared with shovels.  For more details, please contact, Ernie McClatchie, the Director of Grounds and Transportation. 

Answered by John Birk, Collections and Facility Supervisor

Our research librarians are so awesome! I'm leading the ILL office on a ridiculous goose chase right now to track down some manuscripts and they are incredibly patient, persistent and always very kind. Just wanted to say: THANK YOU! Librarians rule.
Comment from Anonymous on Jan 29 2015

Thanks for the positive comments!  The library staff who handle Interlibrary Loan requests are very service-oriented and strive to deliver materials in a timely fashion.  It is nice to know that their efforts are appreciated.

Answered by Lisabeth Chabot, College Librarian

This library is not huge enough to fit all of the fellow Ithaca students in here. When my buddies and I come to the library after hitting the gym, we find that there isn't space for 4 swole dudes to study our sports management homework together. Nearly all of the chairs were full...(edited for length)
Comment from Anonymous on Jan 24 2015

Thank you, we appreciate your feedback.  This is an on-going issue that we encounter a number of times during any acedemic year.    This issue doesn't usually arise so early in a semester.  It is a priority and a challenge.  Last summer we created more group study seating on the main floor.  I continually review space, seating, and other LIbrary conditions.

Answered by John Birk, Collections and Facility Supervisor

Hate to be that grumpy library goer but I'm about to be. Almost every time i take out multimedia discs from the library the kind students behind the counter take zero care in handling the discs. Fingers all over the surface, and smashing them back into the case, no doubt scratching them. I see this as akin to flipping through the pages of a book and ripping the pages. Maybe some instruction on the handling of discs is in order?
Comment from Anonymous on Jan 14 2015

I appreciate you bringing this to my attention. We suffer suprisingly little damage particularly in comparison to our statistics. Discs are amazingly durable. However, dirt and fingerprints are the leading cause to playback issues. At the beginning of the each semester, the staff meets to review policies and procedures.  We'll be meeting on Monday.

Answered by Kelly Merritt, Multimedia Services Manager

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The wireless connection isn't working for me in the library.

As of December 2014, the number of wireless access points in the Library has been tripled. Anecdotal evidence shows a vast improvement in wireless connectivity. If you continue to experience problems, please report them the ITS Help Desk using the Wireless Problems form.

Answered by Lisabeth Chabot

Does the library have a collection of all the textbooks that are used for courses?

As a general rule, the Library does not collect textbooks for courses offered at the College. This is not because we are trying to make students' financial situations more challenging.  

During a typical academic year, there are approximately 2800 undergraduate and 450 graduate courses taught at IC. Using 3 texts as the average required for each course, this equals approximately 9750 books.  Also, textbooks tend to be frequently updated.

In recent academic years, the Library budget has allowed for the purchase approximately 5,800 new books and ebooks to support the current research needs of all departments and programs on campus.

We  do not have the funds to purchase current textbooks, while at the same time supporting student and faculty research needs.

Faculty sometimes place copies of textbooks or chapters from texts on reserve or ereserve.  If you’re not sure whether your professor has put your course’s textbook on reserve, search the Reserves site to see what is available.

Please note that, as academic libraries generally do not purchase textbooks, they are not available on interlibrary loan.   The IC Library does not fill Interlibrary Loan requests for textbooks in current use at the College.  

The Ithaca College Bookstore provides a rental service and sells textbooks.  Additional rental/purchase sites:




Amazon also rents textbooks as of Fall 2012.

Answered by Lisabeth Chabot

I understand that the second and third floor of the library are designated as group study, however, every time I am in the library groups are so loud and disrespectful it drives me crazy. I realize the fourth and fifth floors are for quiet study, but I can barely hear my group discussing at a moderate volume on the lower levels. Is there any way to remind patrons that while the floor is group study, they should still try to keep the volume down to a respectable level? It would go a long way towards creating a more positive library environment.

Given the open nature of the library's architecture, noise levels are hard to manage. Try asking people to be quieter--this usually works. If it doesn't, please see a Library staff member, who will use his or her magical librarian shushing powers.

Answered by Ron Gilmour

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