Extended Hours Coming to UGA Libraries, Miller Learning Center

Submitted by Camie on Mon, 03/15/2021

Students will soon be able to hit the books into the early morning hours at three key University of Georgia study spots. Extended hours at the Main Library, Science Library and the Miller Learning Center will begin April 5 and continue through spring semester finals.

The Miller Learning Center, the busiest academic building on campus, will close two hours later Sundays through Thursdays, closing at 2 a.m. from April 5 through May 10. The Main and Science Libraries will transition to a closing time of 1 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays April 5 through April 25, and the hours will extend to a 2 a.m. closing time April 26 through May 10.

“The UGA Libraries are pleased to address student requests to extend hours and particularly during the time in the semester when students use our study spaces the most,” said Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost. “We ask that students continue to use sanitizing stations, practice social distancing, and wear face coverings to keep our buildings safe at all hours that we are open.”

The hours extension which adds 34 additional operational hours per week, comes at the request of UGA students, including through the Student Government Association.

“As we continue through midterms and move into finals, it is very important that students are able to access dedicated study spaces.  We are confident that we and many other students will benefit from this extension and we thank everyone who worked with us to bring this idea to reality,” George Moore and Kinya Williams, first-year SGA senators who co-authored a resolution seeking the extension, said in a joint statement.

These three library facilities offer a range of study options for students, including open areas for quiet study, individual study carrels at the Main and Science Libraries, and group study rooms at Main and MLC, most of which are limited to two during the pandemic. The MLC also offers space for group study in classrooms when they are not in use. The Main Library’s fourth floor study space and the eastside of the MLC’s second and third floors have been designated as Zoom Zones to allow for students to log in and participate in online classes.

For more information about hours and study spaces at UGA Libraries facilities, visit libs.uga.edu.

A Note on Student Late Fees

Submitted by Camie on Fri, 03/12/2021

As part of the UGA Libraries’ commitment to affordable access to learning materials, the Libraries recently ceased the collection of late fees from students who return overdue books.

“Overdue book fines are educational materials costs borne directly by our students. Those with the least ability to pay feel the effect of fines most keenly, as do graduate students who are particularly heavy users of the Libraries’ print collections,” said Toby Graham, associate provost and university librarian. “This step will save students about $25,000 per year.”

Late fees remain in place for students who check out special materials, including course reserve materials, media and equipment such as laptops. They also may be bound to late fees from other institutions for materials borrowed via interlibrary loan.

To ensure availability of materials, students will continue to be charged fines when books that have been recalled due to a request from another patron are not returned in a timely manner, and lost book charges will apply when an item has been overdue for 56 days (after two automatic checkout renewals).

Other library users, such as alumni and other members of the community at large, remain subject to late fees. For more information on fines, visit libs.uga.edu/access-services/fees

Library Services on Display During Spring into Research Virtual Workshop Series

Submitted by Camie on Mon, 02/15/2021

All of the tools that students need to write dynamic papers and create innovative projects will be on display in a series of workshops from the University of Georgia Libraries.

In the Spring into Research workshop series, librarians and staff will lead virtual discussions on navigating library resources, from the latest online journals to historical material held in digital archives, as well as using citation management software and technologies available for data visualization, map-making, virtual reality, and more.

The series kicks off with an overview of library resources and services at 3 p.m., Monday, March 8. The workshops continue on weekdays through Friday, March 19, offering information into a variety of tools and services, such as the Makerspace at the Science Library and the GIS Lab at the Main Library.

While sessions are open to students of any major and any degree program, some of the sessions are tailored to specific needs, such as sessions on literature reviews and systematic reviews that are helpful for graduate students writing a thesis or dissertation.

“As librarians, we are here to help students find and apply the knowledge that they find in journals, books, databases, and online resources. These workshops can give students an understanding of how we can help them in their academic journey,” said Kristin Nielsen, head of the Libraries’ research and instruction department.

To register for the Zoom sessions, visit the Libraries’ website. Questions can also be directed to the online chat with a librarian service at libs.uga.edu.

Reminder: Students, Patrons Required to Wear Masks at UGA Libraries

Submitted by Camie on Mon, 02/15/2021

At UGA Libraries, we ask that students and patrons remain curious and courteous, as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

All staff and visitors are required to wear masks, in accordance with the University System of Georgia policy in place since the buildings reopened in summer 2020. This includes all open study areas and group studying at the Main Library, Science Library, Miller Learning Center, Carnegie Library, Special Collections Libraries, and branch locations for art, music, and curriculum materials.

Security staff regularly monitor study locations for mask usage and will ask repeat violators to leave if they are found to be noncompliant.

Individual study carrels in the upper floors of the Main and Science buildings and outdoor spots can allow for students to study without masks, but students should keep their mouth and nose covered in interior study spots unless alone in a study room. While stationary and socially distanced from others, momentary breaks are allowed while actively eating or drinking.

“To prepare a healthy environment for studying, facilities staff regularly disinfect library facilities, and furniture has been rearranged to allow for social distancing. However, we need our visitors to help us maintain these safe study spaces,” said University Librarian Toby Graham. “Please make use of the sanitizing spaces located throughout our facilities, and above all, wear a mask to keep all of us healthy.”

In addition, students and patrons can take advantage of the libraries’ digital resources at home, and they can chat with a librarian online at libs.uga.edu.

For more information on the Libraries’ conduct policy, see https://www.libs.uga.edu/policies/conduct

Libraries Course Reserves – Spring 2021

Submitted by Camie on Thu, 11/19/2020

UGA Libraries will continue to provide course reserve services for faculty planning their courses for spring semester, with some changes due to the continuing COVID-19 situation. Requests submitted by December 11 are guaranteed to be completed and accessible by the first day of Spring Semester classes, January 13.

The Libraries encourage instructors to utilize electronic course reserve resources, which can integrate with eLC and limit students’ need to access physical materials and spaces. Electronic course reserves also position faculty for greater flexibility with hybrid, asynchronous, or online instruction and ensure that students can access materials on time, as physical materials must be quarantined between uses.

As faculty members prepare their spring course syllabi, UGA librarians can aid in the preparation of supplemental materials. Faculty members can request electronic versions of books and materials, including the scanning of journal articles and book chapters, or consult with research and instruction librarians in their subject area to consider alternative materials. For questions about the fair use of materials, see the Copyright and Fair Use Statement or contact Mariann Samuel at mariann@uga.edu.

For faculty members who wish to reserve physical course materials to be held within a library location, options include a 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day loan period. Physical course reserve materials will be quarantined for 72 hours after each use.

Physical course reserves may be circulated from any of the following locations: Main Library; Science Library; Curriculum Materials Library-Aderhold Hall; Veterinary Medicine Reading Room-main campus CVM building; Music Library-Hugh Hodgson School of Music; Art Library-Lamar Dodd School of Art; Carnegie Library Learning Center- Health Sciences Campus.

To request electronic or physical course reserve materials, complete the online form at http://www.libs.uga.edu/contact/course_reserves_form.

For streaming or physical media reserves, please contact the Media Desk at mediadep@uga.edu.

For questions about course reserves, contact Ben Lawrence at mainresv@uga.edu (Main Library) or Brenda Robbins at sciresv@uga.edu(Science Library).