Greenawalt Library

June 2016 Edition

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Midterms and 4th of July Hours

Quiet Studying

Library Survey Results Summary

Ed Tech Corner (Faculty Focused)

Welcome to the summer trimester. I hope it is going well whether it's your second week or you're already about to take midterms.

Special information is listed below for midterms including our hours and study room rules. Please be courteous, especially if you don't have any tests.

A while ago you took a Library Survey and our director, Anne Mackereth, sent you a summary of the results. If you've missed it, you can read it below. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail the library at

Finally, we're beginning a new segment in these newsletters geared towards trying out new educational technology tools. We hope to demonstrate how to use them and you can decide whether or not to incorporate them into your classroom or Moodle site. Look for an Ed Tech section on the Library Information Moodle page soon.

We hope you have a great trimester. We'll be checking in again in July.



June 15-21: We will open at 7 a.m.

Fourth of July

We will be closed Monday, July 4th.

As for right now, we're open our regular hours July 2nd and 3rd. Please check Facebook or the library doors for any changes to that schedule.

Quiet Study for Midterms

Just a reminder...

The library has the acoustics of a cathedral. Conversations held at a "normal voice" level get amplified. This is especially true when more and more people enter the space.

As people pour into the library to study for midterms, please be extra mindful of the volume of your voice. Even "normal voice" levels can sound loud.

So far, we think you've been doing a great job during the busier days so please keep it up.

Study Rooms

Study Rooms: Remember, there is a two hour limit. You may sign up for additional time only after your two hours are close to being up and no one has signed up for the room after you. The sign-up sheet for mid-terms is in the blue folder near the library worker.

In addition, while snacks are okay in the rooms, larger meals are not. Not only does it sometimes create a mess but the trash can stink up a room that may not be cleaned for a day or two, as is the case during holidays and weekends.

Breaks are good so step outside, eat and go back to studying.

Library Survey

Here is a summary of the library survey results:

Nearly 25% of students had comments about study rooms – particularly how the reservations are managed and enforced

We are still discussing alternate methods of reservations and enforcement

89% of students used the library for “study spaces”

We’re happy you like to come here.

Comments suggested that students would like the library to have amenities such as a restroom, drinking fountain and soundproof study rooms

When the “new” library was designed, adding plumbing for the restroom and drinking fountain was cost-prohibitive. Soundproofing is also expensive, but we’ll keep it in mind for the future

Other comments suggested staying open later than 11:00 p.m., particularly during midterms and finals.

This was not supported in the past, due to extra expense for staffing, rearranging library cleaning times, and keeping a security guard on later. We will share your wishes with our new administration to see how we can work on this for you.

Overall, student respondents seem satisfied with the library space, services, and staff. Some actually thanked us for asking their opinions. One said, “I really enjoy the library. Keep up the good work!”

We will continue to strive to exceed your expectations.

Thank you!

Anne Mackereth, Director of Library Services

So you're sick of typing

In a recent search of educational technology, I realized that so many tools and what they can accomplish were hidden behind a registration page. Most users would like to know if they want to use a tool before registering. This recurring section will include links to tools and often videos showing how they can be used.

The first theme is related to audio comments and discussions. The tools are Voice Thread and Vocaroo.


Vocaroo is a simple way to record a message. All you have to do is go to vocaroo's website:


And click "record" to record a message. A link with the audio is generated and you can paste it wherever you need.

This is ideal if you'd like to leave feedback to students but would prefer the ease of recording or hopefully avoiding the ambiguity of tone that can result from text-based communications.

Voice Thread

Voice Thread allows you to present your slides and leave comments on each slide. It allows you to record your lecture slide-by-slide instead of all at once. Students can also leave comments or questions on the voice thread. Please watch the attached video to see how it works.
Voice Thread Demo

Greenawalt Library

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Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.