Monday, October 16, 2017

Quality Study Area for JCU Students

From the suggestion box:

Why can't JCU simply create a no-food area? Other peoples stinky food and intense study does not mix. JCU sits on numerous acres for the placement of picnic style tables and chairs and yet still, numerous eager studious persons are forcibly held to ransom by uncaring unthinking, foodies. People can eat anywhere they want, all throughout the JCU campus, but studies can often only be performed in the computer study areas.

Please consider all students and create a foodie-free area. One silent zone area or some new silent foodie-free area must be offered. It is not fair to discriminate against the studious who prefer to study in a noise-free, stink-free area.

Best to create a food eating area. inconsiderate students currently are able to be rude to others and this is simply unfair.

Eating is an activity of community. It is where people chat and discuss personal, daily ongoings with friends and family. It is like walking, strenuous exercising and sleeping; all different to the information thought process of creating.

JCU must consider all students and all students will find comfort in the knowledge that food may be eaten where food eating is taking place. That place is not in the study confines of a library.

Library response:
Thank you for your feedback about food in the library.

The library aims to provide comfortable, welcoming and secure spaces for study, research, work reflection and interaction, and an environment that is inclusive and diverse. In keeping with this the library has developed zones (collaborative, quiet, silent) and required that only cold food and covered drinks be consumed in the library, on the condition that it does not disturb other library users. The library actively manages these spaces, aiming to respond to client needs, such as the expectation of being able to drink and eat in the library, with the expectation of being able to study in a quiet, odour-free space. Being able to consume non-smelly and non-noisy food and covered drinks is a common feature of many university libraries. JCU Library staff are available to help ensure the library continues to be a pleasant experience for everyone. If you are having specific issues with students eating food in the library please contact a library staff member (in person or via chat) at the time and the staff member will attend and address the situation in accordance with the library’s guidelines.

All the best with your studies.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Digital Microfilm Reader in Mabo Library

From the suggestion box:
Can the digital microfilm reader be moved to a quieter location in the Mabo Library please? The current location is noisy. Many students frequent the line of computers to the right of the machine. Others congregate and conduct group work on the tables nearby. Noise is persistent on weekdays. A secluded, quiet location anywhere else in the library is preferable to the immediate proximity of the reels.

Library response:
Thank you very much for your suggestion to move the digital microfilm reader. We have now relocated the reader to the northern side of the building - at the end of the row of computers near the wall (close to the record collection and with a gap between the last desk space with a computer), in anticipation of that space being a quieter area for research using the microfilm reader. Please let us know how that space works out for you.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cairns Library Upgrades

From the suggestion box:
I'm curious to know if the Cairns library will be upgraded into a modern learning space in the foreseeable future? I'd like to see study nooks and pods installed that are conducive to learning. The toilets would also benefit from a renovation. Also, it would be handy to have an ATM on site.

Library response:

Thanks for your questions and ideas.
We are pleased to let you know that Cairns Library is scheduled to have a refurbishment of its Ground Floor, commencing the week after Study Period 2, 2017 exams and completing prior to Study Period 1, 2018. The refurbishment focuses on creating flexible, technology-enabled, learning-centred library spaces, including individual and collaborative learning. The toilets won’t be included in the refurbishment but we will pass on your feedback to Estates. We will also pass on your feedback about the ATM to Estates and the JCU Student Association. All the best for your studies and we hope you enjoy using the refurbished Cairns Library next year.