Between the Bookstacks

Kari Zhe-Heimerman, Librarian for the Sciences


Students speak up about the library

Le Moyne College student survey responses indicate that students have the library they want! The survey, run by the Office of Institutional Research and in consultation with the Library Advisory Board, went out to students in February 2011. The results show that the vast majority of students at Le Moyne College feel that the Noreen Reale Falcone Library is a safe, comfortable place whose hours serve their needs.

More specific examination of the survey results indicate that students want more quiet space, group spaces, computers, books and printing capabilities in the library. Computers (35 percent), books (31 percent) and databases (23 percent) were ranked as the most important resources in the library, indicating that students want a traditional library with the latest technology. Students also indicate that they want a quiet place to study and to obtain books, and that they value remote access to use the databases and obtain journal articles without coming to the library.

Suggestions for improvement included: more group study space, better lighting, more outlets for laptops and the ability to print in color. Respondents indicate that couches are preferred seating option, but that the current couches are a bit uncomfortable, as are the wooden seats. Some call for more clearly defined and enforced quiet areas in the library. Students also critiqued the lack of cleanliness and the outdated look of the library.

The feedback is proving very useful for the library as we shape our current practices and layout, and it also informs our planning for the future. We appreciate the feedback and always welcome more!


Win $100 in library

T-shirt contest

The library is looking for a new T-shirt design, and we would like your help! From now until Monday, April 2, we are holding a contest to help create a meaningful T-shirt design that would promote library usage and draw attention to its products and services. The prize for this contest is $100!  For more details on this contest, including how to submit an entry, please see library web page


New show in the

Wilson Art Gallery

Stop over and view the exhibition of drawings and paintings by Deborah Zlotsky, titled “Being Impossible,” from March 1 to March 30. In this series, the artist manipulates powdered graphite on sheets of mylar, searching for signs of life in the smears and conjuring up blurred boundaries between documenting nature and inventing nature. The exhibit is free and open to the public and may be viewed during regular library hours.