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Mar 31, 2016 · suggestion box

Comment/Suggestion: Noble has the resources needed for Engineers, Physics, Chemistry, Biology majors yet it is not open 24 hours like Hayden. WE need this library open 24 hours. Hayden does not have the resources we need.

Library Response:  Thank you for letting us know how much you appreciate the resources and services at the Noble Library.  We are not able to offer 24/7 hours at Noble at this time.  However, we do extend the hours during finals each semester.  For the upcoming May 2016 finals period, the hours will be:

Friday, April 29                     7am - midnight
Saturday, April 30                9am - midnight
Sunday, May 1                     10am - 2am

Monday, May 2                     7am - 2am
Tuesday, May 3                    7am - 2am
Wednesday, May 4              7am - 2am
Thursday, May 5                  7am - 2am

Friday, May 6                        7am - 9pm
Saturday, May 7                   9am - 9pm

Mar 10, 2016 · suggestion box

Regarding:  Interlibrary Loan Email Notifications

Comment/Suggestion:  Hi, I just think it is better if you notify us when you upload an electronic article I request through the interlibrary loan service. I really appreciate your service as I used that for a couple of time. But I wish I could get an email notification as sometimes I forget that I requested the article, or I have to check the website again and again. (We get notification when the requested book arrive through interlibrary loan service, so I wish you can expand the same service for the loan of articles) 

Library Response:  You are right that you should get an email notification when an ILL article is available for you to download, and in fact the system is configured to send emails automatically when the PDF is loaded into your account.  I just tried this with my own account today, requesting two articles, and I received two email notifications when they were available.  So if you're not receiving one, then that means something has gone wrong with your account.  Please contact us at 480-965-3605 and we will see if we can determine how to fix this for your account.

Mar 09, 2016 · suggestion box

Regarding:  Stress Relief at the Downtown Phoenix campus

Comment/Suggestion:  I think it would be a wonderful idea to get otter pups for the Downtown Phoenix Campus Library. They just need a little pool, and it would be very therapeutic and beneficial to the students, especially during finals week. Please see the link I have attached in this suggestion box. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I sincerely hope you take this under serious consideration.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sISpmaXOpRI

Library Response:  We understand that stress levels are high at times during the semester, and that there are different ways to provide relief for the stress.  While we won't be able to sponsor wildlife at the library, we do know that there are often stress relief breaks with therapy dogs around finals times.  Those are generally held at the Civic Center Park near the Dowtown Phoenix campus.  Please check with our staff at the library's information desk and see if they know of any upcoming stress relief events. 

Mar 09, 2016 · suggestion box

Regarding:  Wifi at Hayden Library

Comment/Suggestion: The wifi here is absolutely abysmal. Disconnects every few minutes and the strength fluctuates

Library Response: We understand that the wifi problems, which are occuring in multiple locations, are extremely frustrating.  We are working with the university's technology team to address the problem and hope for appreciable improvement soon.  

Mar 09, 2016 · suggestion box

Regarding:  Hayden Library

Comment/Suggestion:  I am not complaining about this, but I thought you should know that the new laptop cases in bathrooms are not working. They can't hold bigger laptops and they keep falling down with laptops! 

Library Response:  Thanks for letting us know that these laptop holders aren't working quite the way we had hoped.  We're going to see if we can improve them with sturdier materials.  It's important for the laptops to be safe!

Mar 09, 2016 · suggestion box

Regarding:  Food in Libraries

Suggestion/Comment:  This comment is following on from a previous suggestion regarding food in the libraries. While I understand that some allowance for food and drink is essential to promoting contentment, happiness, and successful study, it would be much better if there were specific zones where food is allowed. I myself occasionally enjoy a snack while studying, but I try to be respectful of other students and sit near an entrance, outside when weather permits, or at least not in or near a quiet zone.  This is because I find it difficult to concentrate on my studying when a neighboring student is crunching or chewing loudly, or when certain foods are emitting pungent odors (especially in "quiet" zones) or when I, myself, am hungry but without sufficient time to obtain food. I would strongly suggest continuing to allow food and drink according to your existing policies, but restricted to particular areas, please, so that students who do not wish to hear or smell food being !

Library Response:  Thank you for your thoughtful comments regarding the current food policies in the library.  We can understand that both the noise and the smells of food can be distracting, especially when in a quiet zone.  The next zone adjustment is planned for the summer, and we will see if we can incorporate this into the zone system then.  

Mar 01, 2016 · suggestion box, web site

Over the past several months, we've had several requests from ASU library users for the ability to keep track of their check out history on their library accounts.  Here are a couple of the requests:

I was looking for a link that would show me all the books I have checked out and returned over the course of the semester.  If a link exists, I could not find it.  I think this would be very handy for students to review the books we have checked out and returned. 

May I suggest that students be able to see all books they checked out during a semester or academic year? There have been several occasions that this would aid me during my research projects. Especially for graduate students, who may forget they have already looked at a book.

We thought these were great suggestions, and we are happy to share we enabled the ability to remember "reading history" on ASU library accounts.  This feature, however, is something you have to opt-in to activate.  Once the opt-in process is complete, it will let you track what items you've checked out using your ASU library account.

To opt-in:  

  • go to My Library Account and click on the "Reading History" link on the left menu 
  • Click the Opt In button to activate your reading history.

The reading history will begin when new items are checked out, and items currently checked out aren't added to the history.  You can opt out of the service at any point.

Library users are encouraged to regularly monitor their reading history lists, with the understanding that the we cannot recreate the history once deleted.  

Privacy Warning: If you choose to opt-in, the information contained in the history is subject to disclosure pursuant to subpoena, warrant or court order. Please review the Library's confidentiality policy for more information.

Please contact Ask a Librarian with any questions about this new feature.  We're happy to help you make the most of the services we provide.

Feb 24, 2016 · suggestion box

Regarding:  Wifi at Noble Library

Suggestion/Comment:  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE fix the internet at the Noble Library. It DOES NOT work.  I shouldn't have to worry about finding a wifi connection when I pay to attend school.

Library Response:  We completely understand the frustration of not being able to connect to wifi in the libraries.  We've had this problem not just in Noble, but in other libraries as well.  We know it can be impossible to get your work done without reliable internet connection.  Our systems technicians are working with the university technology providers and Centurylink to see if we can resolve this situation.  So far the feedback we have is positive, and we're hopeful it will improve very soon.

Feb 23, 2016 · suggestion box

Regarding:  Noble Library

Suggestion/Comment:  I feel like the library should invest in 1 or 2 heavy duty 3 hole punches because the small ones are decent but worn down and utilized quite a bit. It would help with large research print outs in creating folders. Thank you. 

Library Response:  Thank you so much for alerting us to this need in Noble Library.  The hole punches we have are indeed well-used, and at the end of their lifespan.  We placed an order today for three heavy duty hole punches for Noble.  They should arrive soon, and two will be on the first level, and the other will be located on the second floor.  

Feb 19, 2016 · suggestion box

Submitted:  February 19, 2016
Regarding:  Noble Library

Suggestion/Comment:  The library is dirty. Tables are disgusting, bathrooms are dirty and out of toilet paper, paper towels and soap (men's anyway); i'm sorry but the bathrooms also spell like old pee as well. . The lights at the individual study tables do not work (only some of the tables have working lights) The group study rooms on the second and third floor are dirty, the dry erase boards and filthy and trashes need to be emptied.  This is the worst I have seen this library EVER! As an engineering student, it is our primary library. We pay a lot of money to attend this school and we as students would think we could have a clean place to study and decent bathrooms to use.  I understand that some students need to clean up after themselves, but the overall library gets filthier with time.

Library Response:  Thank you for letting us know about the condition of the Noble Library. We have heard other comments as well, and we have contacted our custodial service about the poor condition of the library, which we agree is not currently meeting acceptable standards.

We know how important our spaces are to the students on campus, and how important the Noble Library is to engineering students. Having clean facilities are essential, and we're sorry our spaces are not at their cleanest at this time. We assure you we are working on this problem.

The lights at the individual tables were examined and repaired by electricians yesterday. They should be operational.

Thanks again for your comments, and please contact again with any additional feedback.  

Feb 02, 2016 · suggestion box

Submitted:  February 2, 2016
Regarding:  Law Library

Comment/Suggestion: I'm freezing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so upset, I just can't believe how cheap this school can be? I have no idea who to contact, but I just don't understand why they can't turn the heat on. I shouldn't be forced to be studying when I'm freezing. All other students are freezing too. Can you please do a better job of turning the heat on in the building. Thank you. 

Library Response:  We know it's hard to concentrate on your work when it's cold inside.   When the temperature drops outside, it does take the library's HVAC system a little while to adjust.  We can alert facilities if we know where specifically you're having difficulty.  So if it stays cold in your favorite study spot, please contact us again and let us know exactly where you are.  That way we know where to direct the help.

Feb 02, 2016 · suggestion box

Submitted:  February 1, 2016
Regarding:  Noble Library

Comment/Suggestion: Individual rooms for Skype interviews

Library Response:  Thanks for sharing this suggestion with us.  We think it's a great idea, and in fact, we're in the process of trying to locate a room, or rooms, to offer this in; and are evaluating multiple library locations.   

Jan 29, 2016 · suggestion box

Submitted:  January 28, 2016
Regarding:  Food in the Library

Comment/Suggestion:  I strongly suggest food is not allowed at any ASU library. It smells terrible! I feel even angry if someone eating food next to me at library, which is the place for study.

Library Response:  We're very sorry your study was disrupted by food odors recently in Noble Library.  We understand that some odors in particular can be very distracting.  We do, however, allow for food in most areas of the libraries (see our food and drink guidelines).  This is in recognition that students and other library users frequently are working in the libraries for long periods of time, and need to fuel their brains and bodies.  If the disruptive odor is coming from a garbage can, please let us know and we can make sure it's removed.

Jan 13, 2016 · suggestion box

Submitted:  January 13, 2016
Regarding:  Hayden Library

Suggestion/Comment:  I'm studying outside Lib 103, but it's very distracting because there is chatting and laughing coming from the floor above. It's helpful as a student to have a place to come to where quiet study can be expected. 

Library Response:  Thank you for alerting us to the fact that your study was being disrupted this morning.  We went to the floor above you immediately and asked the student who was talking to move to an area where that was more appropriate.  You should be able to expect the level of noise for the zones on each floor.  If you prefer complete silence, you may want to explore the silent/red zone options on Level 3.  These are enclosed rooms where no talking is allowed.

Jan 13, 2016 · suggestion box

Submitted:  November 16, 2015
Regarding:  Hayden Library

Comment/Suggestion: I have enjoyed very much using everything Hayden Library has to offer, especially the group study area. Up until recently, well I believe it's been a few weeks now, perhaps closer to a month, the group study are contained rather large, round table. These tables were amazing for group work and group studying. Now these little tables are rather hard to accommodate a group study session especially when all individuals are using their books and laptops and taking notes all at the same time, which is usually how group studying goes. I would really, really like to see the larger tables back in the group study area, as I have said before they were very accommodating for group study. They greatly enriched the study environment and the cohesion of the student body when studying together.

Library Response:  Thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback about the Hayden Library.  We are happy to know that it is an important place for you to study and get your work done, as we strive to provide that for our students. 

It is true that we have changed out the furniture in one of the study areas (the one on the first floor with the windows out to the exterior courtyard), and we did so in order to make that space more flexible and usable for a variety of functions.  The tables that were in there were very large and not easily moved.  

The good news is that if those tables worked for the type of studying you do are available in other areas of the library.  Most notably, there are many, many of them on the upper concourse -- turn right when you enter the library, and then go up a half flight of stairs.  There is a very large room that is filled with those tables, and it is zoned for group study as well.  The other areas of the library with large tables are Level 1 (go up one level in the elevator) and Level 3, although those are zoned for more traditional library quiet areas.

Moving forward we will be making even more adjustments and improvements to the library, and we will be looking for feedback from the students who use our spaces to help us make the best choices.  We will keep this feedback, and refer to it, and hope that you will continue to feel comfortable sharing your feedback and suggestions with us.  

Jan 13, 2016 · suggestion box

Submitted: Fall 2015 (multiple suggestions)
Regarding: Library Account History

Suggestion:  We've had several suggestions for a similar service:

" : I was looking for a link that would show me all the books I have checked out and returned over the course of the semester.  If a link exists, I could not find it.  I think this would be very handy for students to review the books we have checked out and returned.  "

"May I suggest that students be able to see all books they checked out during a semester or academic year? There have been several occasions that this would aid me during my research projects. Especially for graduate students, who may forget they have already looked at a book."

Library Response:  Thank you to everyone who has shared with us that they would find this a useful feature of our system.  We are exploring this as a potential feature to test this semester, to see if we can implement it with our current system.  Stay tuned for updates!

Sep 18, 2015 · suggestion box

Submitted:  September 9, 2015
Regarding:  Noble Library

Comment/Suggestion: In the individual study rooms can it be possible to better regulate the temperature? Normally the individual study rooms are very warm and I end up sweating in them while trying to work. 

Library Response:  We totally understand that it's not easy to concentrate on your work if it's too hot and stuffy in the study rooms.  Unfortunately, during the first few weeks of the semester Noble Library was experiencing an a/c problem that took a long time to fix, causing large areas of the 2nd and 3rd floor to be extra-warm.  That caused the individual study rooms to be even warmer.  The a/c seems to be balancing out now, and with the decrease in temps outside, we're seeing some relief.  

But if you still are having troubles with it being warm, we do have a few small fans you can check out at the front desk that may make it a little more comfortable in the rooms.

Sep 04, 2015 · suggestion box

Comment/Suggestion:  What happened to all the furniture in the group study area? The big long tables are all gone. How is anyone supposed to work in a group at those desk-sized cafe tables?

Library Response:  Thank you for contacting us about this change in Hayden.  We're working on making some changes in the library to help support various activities, which necessitated adjusting the furniture in the large room on the entrance level (C55).  The tables that had been in that room were very large, which worked well for group study, but they weren't easily moveable, so the room couldn't be adapted for other purposes when needed.  So we're trying out different furniture configurations to see what will work better.  Your feedback about the cafe tables is very helpful to us as we continue to plan improvements f or the spaces.

In the meantime, there are many of the same large tables on the upper concourse (go to the right after you enter the library, and up the half flight of stairs), and that area is all zoned for group work as well.  We know that can get crowded, so you could also look for similar tables on level 1 (up the elevator one floor), although that floor is zoned for quieter work.  

Thank you again for your feedback!

Aug 17, 2015 · suggestion box

Submitted:  August 14, 2015
Regarding:  Polytechnic campus Library

Comment/Suggestion:  The Pepsi machine has been removed from the library. I have been told Coke is now the new carrier. I have seen others on campus but I spend most of my time in the center building sometimes until late at night and do not want to pick up all my stuff walk over to another empty building only to come back and reset up. Please provide some kind of beverage vending in the center building..

Library Response:  Thank you for contacting us about this.  We understand how important it is to be able to get a beverage during long study sessions.  We're actively working on this, and will hope to have an update soon.

Aug 17, 2015 · suggestion box

Submitted: May 29, 2015
Regarding:  Downtown Phoenix campus Library

Comment/Suggestion:  I enjoy being able to use the computers in the library to study, but nothing is more infuriating than driving down to campus and the computers not be working. Waiting ten minutes just for one to load, then another five for chrome to open, and then the entire network functioning at a snails pace, is ridiculous. We should not have to try to log on two or three computers at a time just to see which one will load that day. I just left and went back home because I couldn't get a computer to work. This is not an isolated incident, it happens probably a quarter of the time I try to study on campus. Really wish you guys could please figure this out.

Library Response:  We have great news:  the computers at the Downtown Phoenix campus Library were all replaced over the summer, and they should be much more reliable now.  Please let us know if you continue to have trouble with them.

Aug 14, 2015 · suggestion box

Submitted:  June 5, 2015
Regarding:  Disability Services, Hayden Library

Comment/Suggestion:  I just wanted to say how much I appreciate the library disability services. I am a student who struggle with dyslexia and the important of the library disability services in my success is vital. The staff are really helpful and if they don't know the answer they well look for someone who does.  however some of the computer and screen are old, so it would be nice to up date the electronics.

Library Response:  Thank you so much for the compliments for our Disability Services area.  We are so pleased you have had such a positive experience!  We'll definitely pass on your observation about needing to update some of the technology.  All the best for your continued success!

Aug 14, 2015 · suggestion box

Submitted:  April 28, 2015
Regarding:  Ebooks / DRM

Comment/Suggestion:  The "MyiLibrary" system is nonsense.  The purpose, the key goal, the raison d'etre of a library is to provide students and researchers with access to information--to facilitate communication between scholars.  That DRM system interferes with the fundamental purpose of the library.  It should not exist.

 We are outraged by someone who damages library materials.  Why? Because they are interfering with the purpose of a library.  Why should publishers be allowed to interfere with communication between researchers?

The author of the book I was looking at recommended I read it.  I want to read it.  And yet the publisher has conspired with the library to make it a damn near impossibility.  The existence of DRM in the library is absurd and offensive, for the same reasons that censorship and burning books is offensive.

No doubt apologists will say that the choice is between DRM or no copy at all.  Nonsense.  DRM exists in libraries because librarians accepted it.

Music aficionados did not accept it on music, and it is no longer found there.  Yet somehow librarians accept crippling the service they provide because the publisher demands it.  But they forget, they would not exist without us.  We provide both their content and their customer base.  They are not in a position to make demands.  We are in a position to make demands on them.  And we should.

End DRM in libraries today.  Do not buy those "books."

Library Response:  We agree that digital rights management (DRM) restrictions on the ebooks we provide is problematic, and we are working with our content providers to advocate for fewer restrictions. We celebrate publishers, such as Springer, that do provide ebooks without DRM imposed, as good examples of ways to provide content moving forward. But, as in your example with digital music distribution, this change takes time to permeate the market. We're sorry that your experience was so frustrating

Feb 12, 2015 · web site

In order to make current item statuses more understandable to our users, we have added a pop-up next to the current “Status” of all items in the catalog.

An example follows:

The question mark icon above is new and hovering over it provides additional contextual information about the status of an item, including options to request it if the item isn’t available. We believe this will not only make statuses more understandable to our users, but it will also provide and market services like ILL and Borrow It Now. Do you like this new feature? If so, send us your feedback!

-Web Services Advisory Board

Jan 21, 2015 · suggestion box

Submitted: January 20, 2015
Regarding: Online Catalog

Comment/Suggestion: When viewing the list of checked out books, it would be really nice to have a way to export the list to a bibliography tool, such as BibTeX.

Library Response: Thank you for the suggestion. While the ASU Library does not support BibTeX, we were able to create a button to export checked out items to RefWorks, which is a web-based bibliography database manager that allows you to collect, organize and manage a personal database of book and article citations. You will now see this button in your library account when you are viewing checked-out items.

RefWorks Button

We hope this improves your research experience at ASU Library.

Jan 21, 2015 · suggestion box

Submitted: January 15, 2015
Regarding:  Fletcher Library (West campus)

Comment/Suggestion: It would be really helpful if there was a microwave located in the Fletcher Library for student use.

Library Response: Thank you for letting us know this is something that would be helpful to you.  We'll take it under consideration as we move forward, but in the meantime we wanted to let you know that there are a few microwaves on campus that you could use, if you were able to take a break from studying:

  • UCB 2nd floor: North side of the building in the Student Government/ Games Room area.  A microwave is out in the open for anyone to use.
  • Sun Devil Fitness Center 1st floor: West Side, there is an entire kitchen area, including a microwave, for student use.  Located near the media lounge area.