Friday, September 19, 2014

Ilearning Rooms open after hours

From the feedback box
Townsville

Hi there Have experienced that the after hours ilearning room has been very busy lately and probably will continue to do, it would be great to be able to stay in the other ilearning room after 10:30pm
Regards
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The library after hours is becoming increasingly popular and it is no longer possible to easily get a place to work. With the number of people its also difficult to have quiet. It would be beneficial if all the iLearning rooms (or at least the ones accessible from the after hours area) were open so people could spread out more.
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It would be beneficial to have all the ilearning rooms available after hours as the 24 hour section is getting quite popular after 10pm.
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Library Response

Thank you for your suggestions.  It was always our plan to open the iLearning rooms for extended hours closer to exams.  As of the 24th September 2014 all three iLearning rooms will remain open when the library closes at 10.30pm. Please note that iLearning 3 is a silent study space while iLearning 1 and iLearning2 are for quiet study.  


Kind regards
Helen Hooper
Associate Director Information and Research Services

Friday, September 5, 2014

Amenities in 24x7 InfoCommons

From the Feedback Box
Townsville

Could we please get a microwave and kettle as a minimum and better still a fridge for the after hours library area. All the cafes close at 5pm, and relying on vending machines or take out for food is not only unhealthy, it's expensive, inconvenient (to commute to nearest take-out venue) and time consuming. Having a brew area would allow people to have a green tea etc, and allow people to maintain and/or establish a eating healthy regime while studying long hours into the night. At the moment it is obvious students are relying on junk-food and sugar to sustain them, and recent research is further unveiling how detrimental this could be to our immediate and long-term, physical and mental health. Also having a fridge would allow students to not have to consume all 4 sushi rolls in one sitting and not risk food poisoning should they decide to wait and eat them several hours later. While having a fridge may pose some housekeeping issues, identifying rules and penalties early may prevent problems. Better still allocating one volunteer each week (with food reward incentive) may also prevent any housekeeping issues.

Library Response 
Thank you for your feedback. We have just conducted a survey in regards to the 24x7 InfoCommons space and will add your feedback to the comments for further analysis. It is difficult to get the right balance of amenities to suit all students using this space after hours. Maintenance and cleanliness of this space is already difficult to manage. For this reason it is not feasible to place a microwave or fridge in this area. The Student Association is responsible for vending machine contracts on campus so I have forwarded this information to them. Woolworths is now open campus until 9pm on weeknights. They have a variety of hot and cold food options that may be more suitable to your needs.

Kind regards
Helen Helen Hooper
Associate Director Information and Research Services