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Re: Random Friday question: online university employees hanging out in academic libraries? Danny Jones (16 Sep 2011 21:42 UTC)

Re: Random Friday question: online university employees hanging out in academic libraries? Danny Jones 16 Sep 2011 21:42 UTC

It seems to me this should be addressed by whoever at your library is responsible for the library policy enumerating what library services are available to the public and getting institutional buy-in for enforcing it.  Then everybody sings from the same songbook when enforcing the policy.  But you've got to start with what is the policy.  It's not so much a matter of kicking people out as it is saying "this is what your allowed to do as a visitor."

My wife is director of the public medical center library here and they had no problem restricting the public from using rooms and most computer workstations.  The students were the best advocates for limiting public access.

Danny

Daniel H. Jones, M.L.S.
Director of Library Services
Preston G. Northrup Memorial Library

Daniel H. Jones, M.L.S.
Director of Library Services
Preston G. Northrup Memorial Library

From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [mailto:SERIALST@list.uvm.edu] On Behalf Of Diane Westerfield
Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 3:00 PM
To: SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [SERIALST] Random Friday question: online university employees hanging out in academic libraries?

Hi,

This may not be the appropriate LISTSERV but as I'm not on any public service or reference lists, thought I would throw this out to my SERIALST compatriots.   I must not be the only librarian with "Serials" in the job title who spends time at the reference desk and has an office in a public area.

My institution is a small private liberal arts college.  Our library is open to the public and there are study rooms in the stacks which are neither locked nor closely monitored.  We have a free wireless network on campus.  The guest network does not permit access to our licensed databases, but it is fine for regular browsing.

We had a couple guys coming in, staking out study rooms with laptops and cellphones.  They said they were working for an online university.  They were kicked but one has returned.  In fact I saw him come in today.

So I'm wondering, has anybody else had online university employees coming into the library, taking over study rooms and using the wireless network?  Is this just a one-time thing here, or do online universities recommend their operatives use (abuse) their non-profit competitors' resources?    It begs the question, why doesn't this online university rent an office with a phone line and internet connection?  Or have the guy work from home, go to Starbucks, the public library, etc.

Thanks,

Diane Westerfield, Electronic Resources & Serials Librarian
Colorado College, Tutt Library
diane.westerfield@coloradocollege.edu
(719) 389-6661
(719) 389-6082 (fax)

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