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Purdy/Kresge Electrical Outlets

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

You should change all the old 2-prong plugs in the Purdy/Kresge Library to 3-prong plugs. Those have been a standard longer than I’ve been alive and all laptops require a 3-prong outlet to run off of current and recharge batteries. This only seems to be a problem in Purdy/Kresge and even there some of the plus have been upgraded to 3-prong.

This is a very good suggestion. When library facilities manager and the computer support team manager read it, they put their full support behind it. They are now seeking funding to upgrade these outlets. The work has not yet been scheduled, but the replacement of the two-prong plugs with three-prong plugs on the first floor of the Purdy/Kresge Library should be forthcoming. More information about this will be posted to this blog as it becomes available.

The old two-prong plugs in the first floor study areas of the Purdy/Kresge Library were converted to three-prong plugs during December 2007 and were ready for use at the beginning of the Winter 2008 semester.

More Computers

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Comment: We need to have more computers and a larger 24 hour lab. We also need new computers with the latest software.

We know that the demand for computers in the UGL Extended Study Center and elsewhere in the Libraries is very high. Last April, we shifted furniture and were able to place 24 new Dell computers with flat-panel LCD monitors in the Extended Study Center. As our budget permits, replace outdated computers throughout the University Libraries and update their software. In practice, we make replacements on a cycle introducing groups of new computers in locations while removing the older computers. As for software, in order to be efficient in maintaining our computers, we maintain the same software releases on all workstations. This means we move to new releases in a very deliberate pace.