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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Library Hawk Squawk 4/16/14: National Library Week, Journal Launch Party

Reminder: Launch Party for HNU’s New Journal, Between the Lines, 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.

Library Special Hours and Closures

  • Friday April 18 through Sunday April 20: CLOSED for Easter observance
  • April 21 through May 8: Extended hours Sunday through Thursday, 9 am – 11 pm

National Library Week

In honor of National Library Week,  we’re sharing a dozen ways we serve the HNU Community. We offer you…

  1. Over 27,000 electronic journals
  2. Over 100,000 scholarly ebooks and 40,000 traditional scholarly and popular books, plus popular DVDs
  3. Over 500 tablet- and smartphone-friendly popular and scholarly ebooks through Overdrive. Game of Thrones? The Goldfinch? The Fault in Our Stars? Yeah, we got that!
  4. Research help from caring librarians, available in person, by appointment, or through email, phone, chat, and texting (see the Ask a Librarian link on our website or text  510-746-8013)
  5. Six rolling whiteboards
  6.  Almost three dozen computers
  7. Nine laptops and 5 iPads for checkout
  8. Wifi throughout the building
  9. Five study rooms you can use on a walk-in basis or reserve online through our website
  10. RefWorks to keep your citations organized
  11. Interlibrary loan for requesting books and articles from libraries worldwide. If a book is owned by a library in the statewide Camino network, we can get it to you as fast as Amazon!
  12. Extended hours during Finals (see website for details)
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Library Hawk Squawk for 4/11/14: Extended Hours, Student Journal Launch Party

Thanks to the 214 students who participated in the survey — we’ve just contacted the 8 lucky winners of $25 Amazon gift cards!

Extended Hours for Nursing Weekends, Finals; Easter Weekend Closure

  • TODAY, Friday April 11, & Friday May 2: Extended Nursing Weekend Friday  hours, 9 am – 7 pm
  • NEXT WEEK: Friday April 18 through Sunday April 20: CLOSED for Easter observance
  • April 21 through May 8: Extended Finals hours Sunday through Thursday, 9 am – 11 pm

Launch Party for HNU’s New Journal, Between the Lines

Logo - Between the Lines

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.

To send yourself an email reminder for this event, follow this link.

 

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Library Hawk Squawk: Student Library Survey; Occupy APA Returns 3/27

Student Library Survey — we haven’t surveyed HNU’s students since 2012. We would be very pleased to see good participation in this short, easy survey about what YOU need from our library. Plus we’re holding drawings for eight $25 Amazon gift cards — the odds are so good you can’t say no!

Take the HNU Library Student Survey (deadline Friday April 4):

https://hnu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_555Jy4UvPugf5tj

Occupy APA (and MLA) – A Citation Sit-In For HNU Students and Faculty – Thursday, March 27, 5-7 pm, Library Classroom. 

Are you a student or faculty member driven to frustration by the challenges of APA (American Psychological Association) or MLA (Modern Languages Association) citation? Are your citation skills in need of a tune-up? Would you like to save time formatting your assignments or articles?

Librarians Nicole Branch and Daniel Ransom are offering a workshop about these ubiquitous and challenging citation formats designed to help you format citations and reference lists easily and quickly.  Light refreshments served. RSVP to hnulibrary@hnu.edu

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Library Hawk Squawk: Cupcake Concert 3/21, Extended Hours Friday

This week: Band of Sisters Wednesday 3/19 — we already have over a dozen RSVPs but have room for more — please read Sr. Carol’s reminder message about this important video!

This week: Noontime Cupcake Concert, 12 Noon Friday March 21

CupcakeStudents, staff, faculty, alums, SNJM, and community members are all welcome to a Noontime Cupcake Concert Friday March 21, featuring pianist Caitlin Hernandez.

We will provide beverages, cupcakes, and fruit. (8 flavors of cupcakes! Yes!) Please feel free to bring your lunch. Come for a little time, come for the whole time.

Caitlin is a 2012 graduate of UC Santa Cruz. In Caitlin’s ”gap year” between her junior and senior year, Caitlin wrote and performed in her own musical, “Dreaming in Color,” which played to sold-out crowds at the Promenade Playhouse Santa Monica. More recently, Caitlin received rave reviews for her play, Walk Me Home, created and performed by Theatre by the Blind, the country’s only theater troupe composed entirely of blind actors.

You can read more about Caitlin in this article.  She will have CDs for sale!

This week: Extended hours, 9 am – 8 pm, Friday, 3/21, in support of Nursing Weekend

Next week: Occupy APA (and MLA) – A Citation Sit-In For HNU Students and Faculty – Thursday, March 27, 5-7 pm, Library Classroom

 Are you a student or faculty member driven to frustration by the challenges of APA (American Psychological Association) or MLA (Modern Languages Association) citation? Are your citation skills in need of a tune-up? Would you like to save time formatting your assignments or articles? Librarians Nicole Branch and Daniel Ransom again offer their lifesaving workshop about these ubiquitous and challenging citation formats designed to help you format citations and reference lists easily and quickly.  Light refreshments served. RSVP to hnulibrary@hnu.edu 

 

 

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Library Hawk Squawk: Spring Break Hours

Here are the Spring Break 2014 hours for HNU’s Cushing Library. We are closed for Library IT maintenance and other projects Sunday 3/8 through Wednesday 3/12. Then we are open limited hours Thursday 3/13 through Saturday 3/15, and back to regular hours on Sunday 3/16.

Note: the Library is staffed during this closure. If you need library services, please email hnulibrary@hnu.edu or text/chat/email us through our Ask-a-Librarian service (see the  tab on the right of http://library.hnu.edu ).

  • Saturday March 8: 10 am – 5 pm
  • CLOSED for Library IT Maintenance Sunday, March 9 through Wednesday, March 12
  • Thursday March 13: 12 noon – 5 pm
  • Friday March 14: 12 noon – 5 pm
  • Saturday March 15: 12 noon – 5 pm
  • Sunday March 16: 12 noon – 10 pm

Reminder – Noontime Cupcake Concert, 12 Noon Friday March 21

CupcakeStudents, staff, faculty, alums, SNJM, and community members are all welcome to a Noontime Cupcake Concert Friday March 21, featuring pianist Caitlin Hernandez. We will provide beverages, cupcakes, and fruit. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

 

 

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Library Hawk Squawk: Simons Art Talk TODAY 2/25 3:30 PM

Today, Tuesday, February 25, 3:30-5:00, in the Library, we have our 11th art showing and talk since 2009, featuring art professor Robert Simons’ luminous, numinous new work in an exhibit titled “Blind Stork and Toy Mouse Series: Recent work by Robert Simons.”

These huge, colorful, emotion-filled pieces will lift your spirits and stir your imagination. Robert’s art talks are always fascinating and informative, and of course, there will be light refreshments.  [Request Email Reminder]

Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 26, 4 – 4:30 pm: The Return of Circle Sing!
Location: the Corrigan Courtyard (in front of the Cushing Library)

Do you miss singing? Come Circle Sing! Circle Singing is a community-singing practice where a leader improvises and teaches short phrases to a group. (See this Youtube video.) The phrases are layered together and a song is created in the moment.  All are welcome. No experience necessary! Led by HNU music instructor Ann Hege.

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