The KIC (Knowledge Imaging Center) scanner is the latest addition to the technology offered in the Technology Support Center in O'Neill Library and at the Theology and Ministry Library. This scanner differs from others in that it scans from overhead unlike traditional scanners where you flatten the text onto the scan bed overhead scanning puts less strain on the spine. The KIC scanner is 10 times faster than a standard flat bed scanner. You have the option of e-mailing images or saving them to a flash drive in a variety of formats including jpg and pdf.
Once course reserves was relocated behind the main circulation desk in O'Neill (see feature article), there was no space to keep recently returned books and new books before reshelving. To make it easier for you to find books that were just returned, space was carved out of existing shelving on each floor and clearly labeled. Finding recently returned books is now self-service. On the main floor the shelving area is near current periodicals, beyond the Technology Support Center. On levels 4 and 5 recently returned books awaiting reshelving are adjacent to the elevators. If you can't find a book on the open shelves, check the sorting area shelves before reporting it missing.
This summer all of the tables in Gargan Hall (the place to be for 24 hour study) were refinished and years of stains and scratches removed. The tables were restored to practically their original beauty, with the wood grain now highlighted.
The collection of current popular books that lives near the Level 1 entrance will be expanded to include feature length films on DVD in the next month. Student input in selecting titles will be gathered as it is now for the books. You can send suggestions to Pop.Reading@bc.edu or use your smart phone to access the poll using the posted QR code.
During the first week of classes library staff were available in the O'Neill lobby to help new students navigate the campus and find classrooms, computer labs, printers, scanners, photocopiers, and restrooms (!) Also on hand one day to help was Baldwin, the BC mascot.
Due to popular demand two more vending machines were added to Level 1 in O'Neill. There are now two cold beverage machines, two snack machines and a coffee machine. All take Eagle Bucks.
If you are a returning student you know that the former reserves reading room in O'Neill underwent a major renovation this past summer, and is now a general reading room with comfortable lounge seating, tables and booth seating as well. More electrical outlets were added too, helping to eliminate use of some extension cords. Whether you are new to BC or a returning student, enjoy the new space.
Not too soon to begin thinking about exams. This year, 24 hour study will begin the Monday right after Thanksgiving (November 28) and continue through the end of exams on December 20.
Photos by Kevin Tringale