Library Closed Wed. 8/20; Fall Hours; Enrique’s Journey Exhibit Imminent!

Enrique's JourneyThe Cushing Library will be CLOSED Wednesday, August 20 in support of a faculty conference. We will reopen Thursday August 21 at noon.

Hard to believe this, but the Library will resume regular hours on Wednesday, August 26. Our hours for Fall 2014:

  • Monday through Thursday 9 am – 10 pm
  • Friday 9 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 noon – 10 pm

By this Friday we will have a book and DVD display to complement the 2014 Connections Project book, Enrique’s Journey. Stop on by to browse this display as well as our other new titles. If you’re off-campus and looking for that last good book to close out your summer reading, don’t forget our tablet- and phone-friendly Overdrive ebook collection.

Finally, if you’re looking for the book If Nuns Ruled the Worldwe have it on order in paper and Overdrive ebook format; it’s due out September 2.

 

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Library Hawk Squawk, 7/1/7/14: Lower Level Closing

So Campus Services can complete the upgrade of our Archive Room — this room’s first “refresh” since the library was built in 1958 — we will be CLOSING the library’s lower level as of Monday, July 21, possibly up to but no later than Orientation.

Library workers will be happy to retrieve any books you need from the lower level, and you may email, call, or text ahead for service (see our website, library.hnu.edu ). Because the closure of the lower level puts the study rooms down there off-limits, we are also relaxing the “two or more” rule for the Seminar Room on the main floor to allow it to be reserved by one person for up to three hours at a time. See our guide for the study room reservation form.

This photo set shows what the Archive Room looked like last week after it was cleared of unneeded items unrelated to Holy Names. We also found two locked boxes… what do you think they hold? Should we hold a contest to guess the contents?

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Library Hawk Squawk 7/09/14: You spoke, we listened

Endcap signsIf you visit the Library this week, you’ll see we are deep into a small but important project students asked for in this year’s survey: adding signs to our shelving on the main level.  You’ll appreciate that the next time you’re dashing for a book right before class!

On other fronts, we continue to work to make the Archive Room better organized. You can see all these small bookcases we cleared out yesterday and today.

Don’t forget we have plenty of popular and scholarly books to check out, including traditional books in the Library and e-books you can check out to your favorite mobile device.

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Library Hawk Squawk: Hydration Station is Here!

Hydration StationYes, in addition to books, ebooks, games, gadgets, tablets, laptops, rolling whiteboards, study rooms, popular magazines, couches, computers, easy chairs, and study tables…

The library now has a beautiful hydration station, delivering chilled, filtered water to your water bottle or other container, and recording how many bottles of water never had to be manufactured, filled, transported, sold, and then discarded or recycled!  (Our hydration station also functions as a regular water fountain.)

Summer and holiday schedule

The Library will be CLOSED Friday, July 4 and Saturday July 5. (We are also closed Sunday July 6, part of our regular summer schedule) We will reopen Monday, July 7.

Our hours for July and up to fall orientation are:

Mon – Thurs: 12pm – 6pm
Fri & Sat: 12pm – 5pm
Sun: Closed

Through our Ask-a-Librarian service (see our website), you can ask a question any time and we will get back to you when staff are available. Happy Summer!

 

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Library Hawk Squawk: Pride Month Display, More New Books & DVDs

Welcome, HNU Community! The Library is here for you this summer. Sometime this month we will unveil our sparkling new, environmentally-friendly hydration station!

In recognition of Pride Month, check out our collection of notable and award-winning LGBT books and DVDs. We have a display of traditional print titles in the Library, and our Overdrive ebook collection has dozens of LGBT-related books you can download to your e-reader, tablet, phone, or computer, including most of the Stonewall Book Award winners (this year’s winners are featured in a special collection on the Overdrive site). Also see this Pinterest board of our Pride collection.

We have more new books and DVDs on many topics, popular and scholarly. Also good to know: on the warmest days of summer, the Library’s lower level is one of the most comfortable spots on campus.

Our summer hours are:

Monday through Thursday: 12pm – 6pm
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

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Library Hawk Squawk: Commencement Closure, Summer Hours

Reminder, Commencement Closure: The Library will be CLOSED Wednesday May 14 through Sunday May 18, in support of Commencement.

But we’re still here for you! The Library staff are working limited daytime hours, except as Commencement tasks require attention, and are available to meet your needs through midday Friday, May 16 (after which point accessing the library becomes difficult due to the Commencement stage).

If you need assistance, have materials to pick up, or can’t wait until next week to check out your first pleasure reading of the summer, we are available by phone, email, text, chat, or face-to-face appointment. See our website, http://library.hnu.edu , for contact information.

Don’t forget our tablet, phone, and computer-friendly Overdrive collection, updated weekly with great books you can check out 24/7, at http://hnu.lib.overdrive.com .

Summer Hours through June 2014

We reopen Monday, May 19, at noon. Our hours through June:

  • Monday through Thursday, 12 noon – 6 pm
  • Friday & Saturday 12 noon – 5 pm
  • Sunday – closed

Thank you for using the Cushing Library!

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Library Hawk Squawk: Student Survey Results, Hours, Closures, Farewells

Here is a summary of our 2014 student library survey. Thanks to the 215 students who participated!

The Cushing Library’s hours for finals,  Commencement closure, and  summer hours are below.

Hours through Finals

  • Wednesday, May 7: 9 am – 11 pm
  • Thursday, May 8: 9 am – 11 pm
  • Friday, May 9: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday, May 10: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday, May 11: 12 noon – 10 pm
  • Monday, May 12: 9 am – 10 pm
  • Tuesday, May 13: 9 am – 10 pm

Commencement Closure: The Library will be CLOSED Wednesday May 14 through Sunday May 18, in support of Commencement. The Library staff are working limited daytime hours, except as Commencement tasks require attention, and are available to meet your needs through midday Friday, May 16 (after which point accessing the library becomes difficult due to the Commencement stage). If you need assistance or have materials to pick up, we are available by phone, email, text, chat, or face-to-face appointment. See our website, http://library.hnu.edu , for contact information.

Summer Hours through June 2014

We reopen Monday, May 19, at noon. Our hours through June:

  • Monday through Thursday, 12 noon – 6 pm
  • Friday & Saturday 12 noon – 5 pm
  • Sunday – closed

Thank you for using the Cushing Library!

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HNU Student Survey, Spring 2014: Results

In April 2014 the library conducted a student survey. We received 215 completed responses (and gave out eight $25 Amazon gift cards awarded in a drawing).  Thanks to the HNU students who responded — we appreciate what you had to share.  Here are the highlights:

Library habits

  1. 89% visit the library at least once a month.
  2. 41% visit the library at least 2 to 3 times a week.
  3. Top activities were printing papers, using library computers, studying individually and in groups, taking a break between classes, consuming food or beverages, and attending library workshops.
  4. 46% reported consulting with a librarian on a drop-in basis at least once a semester. 16% made an appointment with a librarian at least once a semester.
  5. 28% reported taking “a quick nap” in the library at least once in the last two semesters (a true sign of feeling comfortable in a building).

Technology

  1. 43% of the respondents own a tablet computer.
  2. 93% own a laptop (49% Mac, 44% Windows). 31% own a desktop (9% Mac, 22% Windows).
  3. 98% own a cell phone. 88% own a smartphone.
  4. 18% have used our new text-a-librarian service at least once.
  5. 81% indicated an interest in online student portfolios. 

Areas of excellence: Library service

We are so proud of the responses! In students’ own words:

The Staff is GREAT!”

“I simply love the library, keep up the good work.”

“I like that students can rent laptops and work on homework.”

“[The librarians are] very polite, quick to respond, and helpful.”

“The librarians are great in helping do research for nursing papers.”

“The librarians are extremely helpful, and I like that we can text them as well.”

“The HNU library is AMAZING!!!”

Areas for future directions

The Cushing Library has seen a healthy increase in use of the library in the last five years. This is great, because there is plenty of research linking library use to student success. But according to students, attention to our aged facility would make library usage even stronger. In their words:

“It would be beneficial to upgrade the overall look and feel of the library to be more welcoming to students.”

“Needs a bit of updating to do overall good service.”

“The material things … need to be updated, for example, more comfortable couches.”

“Newer bathrooms, more space for conversational learning, and more study rooms.”

“We need more comfortable chair options, outlets, and more space. It’s hard to find a table to study at during the week.”

“Getting it updated … is a good idea. :)

“One of my few qualms is the temperature, it gets unbearably stuffy.”

When we asked what would encourage more frequent use of the library, students responded: more soft seating (81%), updated study rooms (78%) and study desks (71%), vending machines with hot beverages and fresh food (63%), more power outlets (73%), more computers (76%), better campus lighting (68%), a commuter student lounge (64%), better heating and cooling (62%), and a dedicated “quiet lounge” (77%).

One student wrote, “I hope that there will be more new improvements to come.” That is our goal, and this is terrific input we will use to guide our future. Have a wonderful summer (and to our grads: buenaventura, and Go Hawks!).

 

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Library Hawk Squawk: Founders’ Day Closure, Therapy Dogs Return to Study Day!

Reminder - on Wednesday, April 30 (Founders’ Day), the Library will close from 11:45 am – 2 pm.

Library Extended Hours through May 8:  We have extended our Sunday through Thursday hours until 11 pm. Come on in and study!

Therapy Dogs 3: ThunderwagStudy Day in the Library, Tuesday, May 6: It’s the third visit from the East Bay SPCA Therapy Dogs, 2  - 4 pm! These licensed, trained therapy dogs live to make humans feel more at ease. Pet a dog, play catch, watch a special trick — we guarantee you’ll feel better.

But wait, there’s more! Our study day theme is all about relaxing so you can study better.  We will have Play-Doh and squeeze toys available for you to work out your tension. If snacks are your thing, have a treat from a full range of nibblies.

 

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Library Hawk Squawk: Journal Launch Party, Extended Hours, Study Day Activities

Logo - Between the LinesReminder: Launch Party for HNU’s New Journal, Between the Lines, TONIGHT, Wednesday, April 23, 7 pm – 9 pm: Help welcome into the world Between the Lines, HNU’s new online journal of justice, featuring poetry and prose. Mingle with instructor Belo Cipriani and his editorial team: Michelle Morgan, Prose Editor, and Andrew Taw, Poetry Editor. A must-attend event for lovers of good writing! Light refreshments served (including four flavors of Almond Roca).

Library Extended Hours, Study Day Activities 

  • Through May 8: Extended hours Sunday through Thursday, 9 am – 11 pm
  • We will be offering treats and tension relief on Study Day, Tuesday, May 6. We’re seeing if East Bay SPCA can bring back Luigi, the lovable therapy dog. Expect refreshments and other surprises!

Reminder – on Wednesday, April 30 (Founders’ Day), the Library will close from 11:45 am – 2 pm.

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