Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Library Services Survey: LITC hours of operation

Your Comment: I think the library should be open later/Why isn't the library open 24/7?/etc.

Although the majority of those surveyed thought the LITC's current hours were sufficient (84%), we received several comments and questions about the hours of operation for the LITC.

There are a few factors in determining the hours of operation.

  • Traffic - We take a door count of how many people enter and exit the library in a given day. Generally speaking, Saturdays are our "slowest days" where Mondays, Sundays and Thursdays are our "busiest." At least twice a semester we take a head-count of how many people are in the library during the day at three hour intervals. These methods give us a pretty decent picture of when the library building is being used.
  • Staffing - Obviously, we would need to have additional staffing to keep the library open longer. With additional hours, scheduling staff to cover different shifts can be challenging.
  • Costs - It is expensive to heat or cool and light a 40,000 square foot building. Anytime we are able to turn the lights off and HVAC system down benefits the College's budget (and keeps tuition down). Also, the additional staff enjoy being properly compensated for working.
Keeping these factors in mind, the LITC will have some expanded hours beginning in the Fall semester. We will be opening at 7:45 am Monday-Thursday and stay open until 6:00 PM on Friday evenings. We may tweak the Saturday hours this Fall semester, as well.

Feel free to comment here or contact the library staff if you have any questions.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Got fines? Clear them with canned goods!

The Coker LITC is having a canned food drive for the remainder of the semester.

Bring in your non-perishable food item by Friday, May 1st and have your late fines waived!

For every canned good/food item, $5.00 worth of fines will be waived!

Note: Replacement costs and accompanying fees will still apply for any library items not returned.

Friday, April 24, 2009

NetLibrary e-books' status

UPDATE: E-books are now working. Once again, sorry for the inconvenience!

Unfortunately, our e-book vendor NetLibrary is reporting a service outage. They are working on the problem and hope to have it resolved as soon as possible. Stay tuned here for the latest coverage!

Link to the e-book outage status updates page:

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Finals Week Hours

Better late than never, here they are:

Thu., April 23: 8:15 - midnight
Fri., April 24: 8:15 - 10 PM
Sat., April 25: 10:00 - 6 PM
Sun., April 26: 2:00 - midnight
Mon., April 27: 8:15 - 8:00 PM

As always, updated hours can be found on the LITC's Hours webpage.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Support South Carolina Libraries!

You will have another way to support libraries in South Carolina soon. The South Carolina House of Representatives will soon pass legislation giving the SCDMV the authority to issue the plate.

It will be a great way to promote libraries in South Carolina!

Thanks to Curtis Rogers from the South Carolina State Library for sharing this great piece of news!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Writer's Studio hours for finals' week

The Coker College Writer's Studio is located on the second floor of the LITC. The hours for finals week are as follows:

Tuesday, April 21: 4:00-10:00PM
Wednesday, April 22: 4:00-10:00PM
Thursday, April 23: 4:00-10:00PM
Friday, April 24: 4:00-9:00PM
Monday, April 27: 4:00-8:00PM

Monday, April 20, 2009

We have a winner!

We are pleased to announce the winner of our blog naming contest. Lauren Watkins, a rising Sophomore from Blythewood, SC won the contest with the name "Read On!"

Congratulations Lauren!