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General Logons

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By , March 9, 2009 10:49 am

Now that we have a secure place for posting things like passwords, here are the new logons for libpub and libalum:

libpub | libpub@)09
libalum | libalum@)09

(those are both “2009” but with the first two digits holding the shift key)

Also, this is a reminder that anyone visiting the library with their own wireless laptop can now get on the “BU Guest Wireless” network without a logon.

Guest Access via Wireless

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By , February 16, 2009 10:50 am

Oh frabjous day!! We now have general open Wi-Fi in Irwin Library. The same type of guest access that has been available at Starbucks is now available in Irwin.

If a guest brings a wireless laptop into Irwin, they can click “View Available Wireless Networks” and should automatically see “BU Guest Wireless.” This network requires no username or password and does provide access to the Internet. It does NOT provide access to BUfiles or the databases; instead it asks for EZproxy logon info, just like it does for people off campus. People using the “BU Guest Wireless” network CAN print, but they have to add the printer to their computer. Instructions are at the Reference Desk, but will only be given out upon request.

This will not change most of what goes on in IL119 because database access is usually necessary.

We will still leave the backup instructions (the old way to log on guests) in the binder at the Reference Desk for the time being.


On-Call Reference Program Cancelled

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By , February 13, 2009 3:22 pm





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Originally we began this On-Call Reference program assuming
that we’d have a SLIS student working at the Reference Desk in the afternoons.
Given that our Part-Time Reference Assistant has the same qualifications (MLS)
as our Part-Time Reference Librarian and given that they both use the Subject
Liaisons rather than On-Call Librarians when they have questions, there is no
longer a need for librarians to be on call in the afternoons. I have spoken with
Lewis, Sally, and the Reference Librarians (full-time and part-time) and we’ve
agreed to cancel the On-Call program for the rest of the semester.


We do still need backups for the students who work at the Reference
Desk from 10am to Noon M-F, so Renee and I will be the regular backups for
them. On the occasions that both of us are out during those times, we will ask
for someone to cover the shift in an on-call format.


This should relieve the librarians of one minor scheduling
concern and make things easier for everyone.


Groups in the Library

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By , October 30, 2008 8:35 am

Do you have a group project to work on? The libraries are excellent places for this work. Rather than take up lots of space in the main “computer lab” areas, the libraries encourage you to make use of the spaces that have been designed for group work.

The Science Library has four small group study rooms upstairs. There are no computers in these, so if you need one, you can either bring your own or check out a laptop from the Circulation Desk. There are also two computers across from the Circulation Desk specifically for groups to use.

In Irwin Library, there are three computers on the main floor that are designated as Group Workstations. Downstairs there are a couple more. You can also check on the availability of room IL119, our library instruction room, which is available when a class session has not reserved it. Group study rooms are available downstairs and on the second floor.

If you have any special needs or requests, please stop by the Circulation or Reference Desks or use the Ask A Librarian link on our website.

Update on "Generic Logons"

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By , October 28, 2008 11:50 am

The passwords for our two generic logons (mainly used in Reference and the Science Library) have had their passwords changed. We were overdue anyway, and I’ve seen some people coming in and logging in with those accounts on their own.

The new logon info is available at the Reference Desk, both for libpub and libalum.

I’ve tested them both and they are working effective immediately.


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