April 2009

The IC Ref – 2nd floor items with green circles on their spine belong in the small collection of books at the north end of the help desk.  All other items with IC Ref indicated on the call number and spine label belong in the shelving between the two staircases.  Thank you for noting the different labels when you reshelve our IC Ref items.

At approximately 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, Dana Zbyszynski approached me on the third floor and expressed his concern about a young man whom he had seen drifting around the peripheries of the fourth floor while he was studying there. He described the young man as being white, in his twenties, with long blond hair in a pony tail beneath a tailored hat, wearing a long black trench coat. He said this person seemed to be intently staring at individuals, then at the doors and windows and exits of the room. Others in the room were becoming visibly uneasy. He had given Dana a hard stare which made Dana uncomfortable. There was nothing spoken. When Dana moved down to the third floor, this young man apparently followed him at a distance, then disappeared.

I notified Jared Thomas and all the students working at the service desks of this report, and asked everyone to be alert for this individual. Jared replied that he has seen a student of this description coming and going in the building fairly often, but that he has never seemed threatening. I searched around on all the floors, but never saw him. As a precaution, I phoned the report to Campus Safety, and the dispatcher sent two officers and a sergeant to search the IC and Cudahy Library. At the time of my departure at 10:50 p.m., there had been no further sightings of the man. Sergeant Eric Salinger asked me to have someone phone Campus Safety again if the man returned to the building.

Mary Donnelly,
IC Evening Supervisor

As part of all the sustainability stuff, we’ve set all staff and public copiers to go into energy-saver mode after 10 minutes of inactivity. In case anyone should ask at the reference desk, you can press Start to wake them back up. Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is someone else I should notify.

On more than one occasion, I’ve spent way too long looking for a bit of information on the university or library website, only to discover that the page I was looking for was included in this list of links on the right side of the page. Something about the design of the page does make this feature blend in, but please remember that this list is there, and also let met know if you would like any useful pages to be added to the list.

There will be no guest access to the library starting today, and continuing through the end of the semester. This means that the patrons who normally have access from 9-5, M-F will not be allowed to enter the building.

Loyola Alumni and patrons with reciprocal access (meaning people from Northwestern, DePaul, UIC) will NOT be affected by this.

Hi people:

I’ve gotten some questions recently about the statistics advisors that usually post themselves on the first floor, so I thought I’d post the hours:

Monday: 10:15-1:15pm

Tuesday: 8-12pm; 1-7pm

Wednesday: 10:15-1:15pm

Thursday: 8-12pm; 1-4pm, 5:20-7:20pm

I’ve also stuck a copy of the hours in the blue binder.


The Loyola libraries will have extended hours during finals.

Cudahy Library and Klarchek IC:
24-hour access begins Monday, April 20 at 7am.

Monday, April 20, 7am – Friday, April 24, midnight: open 24 hours
Saturday, April 25: 8am – midnight

Sunday, April 26, 10am – Thursday, April 30, 2am: open 24 hours
Friday, May 1: 7am – 9pm
Saturday, May 2: 8am – 9pm

Sunday, May 3: 10am – midnight
Monday, May 4: 7am – midnight
Tuesday, May 5: 7am – 5pm

Lewis Library:
Regular hours April 20-26. Extended hours begin April 27.

Monday, April 27 – Thursday, April 30: 7:30am – 2am
Friday, May 1: 7:30am – midnight

Saturday, May 2: 7:30am – 9pm
Sunday, May 3: 12pm – midnight
Monday, May 4 – Tuesday, May 5: 7:30am – 7pm

Interim hours at all locations begin Wednesday, May 6.

While Jeannette is away on leave, Jennifer Schwartz will be working with us at the reference desk. If you see her, please introduce yourself.

Dear students,

You may have heard about yesterday’s attempted burglary within the IC. I again want
to reiterate to all of you that if you see someone acting suspicious or engaging in crime,
call Campus Safety immediately at 4-4911, or Chicago Police at 9-911.

Do not approach the person, and NEVER put yourself or others in harm’s way. Material
items can be replaced, individual lives cannot.

I realize that many of you work in an open area. If you are unable to use a telephone,
push the panic button. There are red panic buttons located at each help desk. Please
familiarize yourself with the location of the button during your next shift. The button
should only be used in an emergency situation.

You can always use GroupWise Instant Messenger to communicate with your coworkers
in an emergency as well, especially if you are uncomfortable using the phone. If you do
not see your supervisor online, or he/she is away, contact anyone else on your IM list
and explain the situation to them as best as you can, and ask them to call security or
911 right away.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thanks for helping to keep the
Information Commons safe for everyone.



We’re not entirely convinced it’s getting done!  And, as much as we like having you at our side, we’d like you to spend some extra time during your “reshelving minutes” between 10:00 and noon working on it.

Haven’t a notion what I’m writing about?  Refresh your memory by re-reading http://blogs.lib.luc.edu/reference/2009/03/18/ongoing-maintenance-of-the-cudahy-reference-collection/.  Please do give some attention to the list of tasks and be sure you are doing your part to address them.

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