The unveiling of the Library’s new home page in early January brought some new functionality to the website – the introduction of software that will enable patrons to book rooms in Sterling Memorial and Bass libraries. During a successful trial by Library staff and Information Technology Services (ITS) staff at the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) in Fall 2013, the software proved easy to use and students adopted it enthusiastically. The software, known as LibCal, lets anyone from the Yale community with a valid Yale email and Net ID reserve group study spaces for two or more people. A variety of rooms are available, with connections that allow a laptop to be connected to a video display mounted on the wall. Simply click on this link and fill out all the information needed: http://schedule.yale.edu
Several focus groups and space studies also revealed the interest in individual, quiet study areas, especially at busy times when large reading rooms tend to be busier. This need is especially pressing now that Sterling is undergoing renovations, requiring the closure of spaces such as the L&B and Newspaper rooms for the remainder of this semester. The library has created a list of study spaces throughout SML and Bass at: http://www.library.yale.edu/places. The next step will be adding filters, where the searches for study spaces may be defined by proximity to coffee or other needs.
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