September 2014

Hi everyone,

It’s that time of year again when chemistry students start getting material assignments. A lot of professors will refer them to “Genium,” “HazMatZone” or, more commonly, “MSDS” which is a resource that details compounds and lots of hazardous things that can happen with them.

It is a great resource, but the catch with it is you need to enter our institutional ID, which is listed in the description – For your reference the user name is “loyola” and the password is “msdslibrary.”

We are working to set this resource up so that the username/password situation is more user-friendly.

If you or your patrons have any questions about this have them contact me –


1. Desk staff should look up and attempt to make eye contact with all people who pass by the Reference Desk.
2. Physical materials on the desk (books, paper, etc.) should be limited to a single item (or stack of paper) at any time. Desk staff are encouraged to imagine an invisible box, 12 inches by 12 inches, laid out on the desk, and all physical materials should fit in that box. During particularly busy shifts, the librarian on duty will ask the graduate assistant to clear the desk of any reading material.
3. Desk staff will help each other remain aware of body language and posture, especially when reading.
4. Personal conversations between desk staff will be kept to a minimum, especially during shift changes.

You may know that the main elevator at Cudahy has been out of service for a couple of weeks. I’ve just learned that the smaller, service elevator is also malfunctioning. Jen Jacobs has reported it and we hope it will be fixed soon. In the meantime, please encourage patrons to use the Pegasus request feature to have books pulled for them. If someone needs a book immediately and is not able to use the stairs, let them know that we will assist them at the circulation desk.

On Fridays and Saturdays after 9:00 p.m. (when the IC is closed), students can request pickup at Simpson or Damen.

8-RIDE Service to the Information Commons has made some changes:

How is the service changing?
• Effective immediately, 8-RIDE service to the IC will operate as follows:
6:30pm – 10:00pm: vans will pick-up on Campus Road near Cuneo Hall.
10:00pm – 4:00am: Pick-ups will occur at the entrance to the IC.

Why is the service changing?
• We are responding to feedback in order to increase the speed and efficiency of service while addressing concerns and ensuring the safety of pedestrians on campus.

Who can I contact with questions?
• Please contact the Campus Transportation office at or 773.508.7036.