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Two statements on Libraries: juxtaposed

Library Folks may have heard of the TAIGA Forum, where AULs and Assistant Directors of Libraries came up with the Provocative Statements for 2009 regarding the future of Libraries (February 25, 2009).  There has been a lot of commentary on these statements.

Last week, folks at Darien Library in Connecticut came up with their own document, The Darien Statements on the Library and Librarians.  This stemmed from their “In the Foothills: A Not-Quite-Summit on the Future of Libraries” event.

While earlier document was more of a gaze into the crystal ball, this recent one is a visioning exercise on the role of Libraries.  The tone of each document is very different.

To what extent is the second statement a reaction to the first?

YUL's strategies for the return to classes…Update

Just a few updates regarding YUL’s strategies for the return to classes.

1) Email Web Form
At last week’s All Staff Forum we discussed the idea of having a web form for people to submit comments and questions relating to the libraries during the remediation period. We’ve added this form to the bottom of the “Post-Strike Guide” which is linked quite prominently from the YUL home page.

If you have YUL-related questions you can’t answer or you have complaints, please point out this option to our users and we will respond as soon as possible.

2) 24/5 Hours
We are still investigating the possibility of 24/5 hours for study space, but this has not yet been confirmed. Apparently the idea has appeared in print or online somewhere so you may encounter a few students asking about it. Please refer any questions about extended hours to the “PostStrike” web page for updates.

3) Fines Policy
Also please note that there have been some small changes to the post-strike fine policy.

  • During the strike fines did not accrue on overdue materials.
  • Due dates on regular loan items that became overdue during the strike will be reset to Feb. 17th.
  • Due dates on SMIL short loan items that became overdue during the strike have been reset to Feb. 9th.
  • Overdue fines on regular loan items will be reinstated Feb. 18th.
  • Fines will accrue on reserve and short loan items borrowed after Feb. 2nd as per regular loan policy.
  • Limits on renewals will remain suspended.

Mark Robertson

Counselling Numbers for Students

This is posted a s a reminder to staff:

The Counselling and Development Centre hours are 9am—4:30pm Monday to Friday for student appointments. If you are concerned about a student and need to discuss the matter urgently, please call our reception desk and ask to speak with an on-call supervisor (416-736-5297). Alternatively, in an emergency situation during our office hours, feel free to direct students or walk over with them to our reception area in N110 Bennett Centre for Student Services.

The Atkinson Counselling and Supervision Centre hours are 9am—7:00pm Monday to Thursday, and 8:30—4:30pm on Fridays. If you are concerned about an Atkinson student, please consult with the Atkinson Centre during their regular office hours (416-736-5225).

For after hours emergencies, there is a free service provided by the Community Crisis Response Program serving North York and Etobicoke (this service is provided by Saint Elizabeth Health Care). A mobile crisis response team can be called at: 416-498-0043. Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In addition, if a critical incident occurs that does not necessarily involve counselling, the Office of Student Conduct and Dispute Resolution can be contacted for advice and consultation. The contact person in that office is: Maheen Sayal at extension 22805.

posted on behalf of:

Marc Wilchesky, PhD, C Psych
Director, Counselling and Development Centre
Director, Learning Disabilities Program