You Said … We need computers upstairs

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You Said…

“It would be nice if you had computers upstairs in the quiet area. Not laptops that you can rent but an actual computer area just like the one downstairs where we can lay out our books, log on and work…and print.

This may be shocking to hear but some of us actually use the library for doing school work and the noise level in the computer area is much too loud sometimes. I’ve been told in the past that the library is a place for socializing and I think that is unacceptable. There are many other areas in the college to socialize and de-stress. It’s not fair that some people’s socializing interferes with others study time.”

We Said…

The Library Information Common serves many purposes on campus. One purpose is that of learning and research area, another is that of study space, and yet another is that of gathering and social space. Because of our open architecture, these various purposes sometimes conflict with each other, as you’ve unfortunately experienced in the computer area on the main floor.

We are in the very early stages of re-envisioning our second floor space and will take your suggestion to add computers upstairs into consideration. However, actual changes to the second floor space are still very distant, and reliant on funding, so will not solve your immediate concern.

There are a few options available to you and other students looking for a quiet space to use a computer. One option, as you are aware, is to borrow a laptop or bring your own technology and use it in the existing quiet area on floor 2. A second option is to use the Library Instruction Lab (room 1006R) – this room is available for student use when it is not booked for classes. Check the schedule posted near the door. A third option is to borrow a laptop or bring your own technology and use it elsewhere in the College – the Cenovus Energy Learning Common is generally a very quiet space, for example.

Thank you for sharing your concern. If you wish to discuss this further, please contact Chief Librarian Kristine Plastow at 403.342.3578 or kristine.plastow@rdc.ab.ca.

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