Some changes are coming—next month all the library staff and faculty will need to get new ID cards. There is NO CHARGE to anyone; the Libraries are covering cost because we are changing to a new card swipe system at all the building entry doors. The whole campus will be changing eventually, and we are going to be one of the first buildings. This will help with security, and will be especially important for people who come early or stay late. We will talk more about it at coming meetings, but you all need to know it’s happening. We will set up special times for library people and make getting a new card as easy as possible. Each person will have a new photo taken for the new card. (I hate that part but we do change in appearance over time.)
Also, we have long talked about name tags/badges for everyone. The Libraries will be supplying OPTIONAL name badges for all full-time and part-time personnel except student workers. Some of you will be contacted if there is question on your preferred name. No one is required to wear a name badge, but many have asked for them. Most staff in other areas wear them, including administrators, who really appreciate us wearing them. Again, though, there is no requirement, just a preference. They will be metal and held on by magnets. (You can see many people wearing the same style in Jesse Hall and we should have an example at the next Staff Advisory Group meeting).
Work continues to install additional lights and cameras outside Ellis Library as part of our commitment to safety for all our staff and users, especially during our extended hours.
Work also continues to complete the planning and paperwork needed to begin construction on the expansion of UMLD. This will benefit the whole library system and we should have a firm date soon.
And of course Lowry Mall is still torn up; we hear that the east end will be done by Homecoming (Oct 21) but that then they will tear up the west end.
Enjoy our newly-cool fall days, and don’t hesitate to call or email with questions.