Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Wanted to let those who close know that Chris called this afternoon and he has 3 laptops in his office for repair.

Toner Tracking Sheets

Good Afternoon,

We have created a new way to track when toner is changed at the different printers. You will find (soon) a Toner Tracking Sheet at the main, upper, and lower level reference desks in a plastic sheet protector. When you replace a cartridge, you need to mark the following on the the tracking sheet:
  • Date
  • Initials
  • Black/White or Color
  • Any notes you want to add about changing the cartridge. For example, replaced cartridge and the printer didn't read read the cartridge as working. Had to check out a second cartridge for replacement.
We are hoping this will help us all know how often cartridges are being changed out and if there have been any issues with cartridges. Remember, if a printer says "low ink", remove the cartridge, shake it, and put the cartridge back in the printer; this will sometimes make the cartridge last longer. Also, remember to check the ink levels before replacing the cartridge. Just because the printer tells you the ink is low doesn't mean it is empty. We want to get as much out of the cartridge as possible. If you are uncertain how to replace a cartridge, please feel free to ask me. I am also creating a guide on how to change toner cartridges, so be looking out for that helpful guide.


Periodicals Printer

Just a heads up...

As I mentioned before, the Periodicals printers has been jamming on occasion. I haven't been filling it all of the way up. This morning, Trudy went to put 2 reams in and then realized that we weren't supposed to and had already opened the 2 reams; they are in the cabinet to the left. 1 ream is opened and out of the wrapping the other is just opened. Please use these reams first, but don't log them, as Trudy had already logged them.

Sorry for any confusion,

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Broken chair

Sorry this posting is so late, I didn't remember till early this morning. A screw has come out of one of the chairs in the ref area and has been placed in work area so that it can be fixed. Didn't want anyone opening or closing to freak out.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Guest Printing

I apologize if everyone already knew this but I wasn't aware until this came up while I was on the desk today.

Guest Printers are not installed on all of the computers on the main floor. Chris is working on getting them reinstalled on all computers but for now, only the six computers closest to the Reference Desk are available for Guest Printing.

I'm not sure how long it will be before all the computers have Guest Printing again.

If you have any questions, please let Systems know.



Thursday, February 19, 2015


I wanted to let everyone know that Chris is working on one of the laptops from the vending machine up in his office. I didn't want the person closing to freak out if there was a hole where the laptop goes into the machine.

Let me know if you have any questions!



Just a heads-up, I sent out an email requesting more pencils. We keep a stash of pencils at the reference desk in the top drawer. If anyone comes up to the desk with pencils, please place them in the clear container located in the back of the top drawer (there are already a few pencils in the container, so you'll know which one). :) I believe the students really appreciate any help they can get, when it comes to school supplies.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Color Printer Toner

Color Printer Toner
Just thought I would let everyone know that the color printer's black toner is getting low. According to http://lib_main_color it is down to less than 10%.
Not sure when it will need to be changed but I thought I would send a "head's up" about it just in case it is soon.  :)

Sunday, February 15, 2015


I helped a student with her HIST1301 "Library & Source Scavenger Hunt" assignment this afternoon.  It's a pretty interesting assignment -- unfortunately, Dr. Hickman does require them to request a book via interlibrary loan . . . maybe this is the assignment that Kimberly talked to the teacher about?

Anyway, I scanned the student's assignment and have saved a copy in the Staff Wiki.  The scanned assignment has the student's notes on it, but I thought having a copy might be useful in the future.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

History 1301 Assignment

I helped a student with an assignment today and thought it was worth sharing as there was some difficulty locating the database she needed because of the teacher's wording of the assignment and where the actual database is located.

You'll need to go to the database list and actually scroll down to N-O. American Historical Newspaper is listed next to the word newspaper. From there, the rest of the assignment is very easy to show the students what to do.

The student was confused for 2 reasons on this one. 1) Next to Revolutionary War Archives (RWA)on the database list it states "select from top pull down box". She didn't understand what that meant and the pull down box was. It just means you need to click on Revolutionary War Archives and when it opens at the top you select Revolutionary War Archives from the pull down box at the top of the page. When it first opens, it says African American Archives. 2) The assignment states "to find the relevant pension application..". The student wasn't sure what relevant meant in this sense. After selecting RWA, you will click on Revolutionary War Pensions that is located to the bottom left of the page under Records from the War. You are then able to key in a name and select a state for that person. The search will bring up records that will tell you if it is a pension application.

I hope this is helpful. If some of my directions don't make sense, please email/call me and I will gladly clarify. Thank you.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Dunn & Bradstreet Assignment

The infamous Dunn & Bradstreet assignment is back on this semester. The book has been pulled and is at the main reference desk.

Industry Norms & Key Business Rations
Dunn & Bradstreet
Desktop Edition 2004-2005