Library Hours During the Holidays

President Cornwell announced the following, “The holiday break will begin after the Holiday Luncheon on Friday, December 16, and the College will reopen on January 2, 2017.”

This means that during the holiday break:

  • The main floor of the Olin Library is open 24/7 throughout the period.
  • The online collections of the library are available 24/7. We have continued to add more access to online journals, e-books, and online video. You can find it all here and here.
  • Access to all floors and regular library services are scheduled through noon on Friday 12/16/16 and resume at 7:45 a.m. on Monday 1/2/17. Details of our hours can be found here.

 

Plan Ahead for Winter Break

Some faculty and graduate students look forward to the Winter Break as an opportunity to take some precious time to concentrate on their own research. If you are planning on working during this period and need to use interlibrary loan (ILL) services, or may want to check books out from Olin Library, there are a couple of things you need to be aware of. There will be no access to the general collection on the 3rd and 4th floors and no Olin Library ILL staff working from noon on Friday 12/18/15 until 7:45 a.m. on Monday 1/4/16. This means no books can be checked out and no mediated ILL requests will be placed, no items returned, and no returnable items (like books) processed during this period. Also, while some larger libraries continue ILL service during the winter break, many do not. So that even if you place an unmediated request for an article, for instance, it may not be processed at the lending library. Plan on taking some time during the Thanksgiving break to check out books and place those ILL requests for materials you plan on needing during the winter break. This should give plenty of time for us to receive them in time for you to take them with you over the winter break. If any should have a due date when we are closed, don’t worry – just return them on 1/4 and we will take the flak, pay any fines, etc.

Some readers may remember that we added extra hours as a pilot during winter break of 2014-15. We reviewed the results of that pilot and discussed the issue of whether we needed to be open during winter break with the Library Advisory Council. Their recommendation was that we do not, but that we should give faculty and students plenty of warning so that they could plan ahead.

June 19 closure. Plan ahead.

On Friday June 19th the library will be closed for in-person services and the facility will be in 24 mode all day. What does this mean for you in practice?

  • The 1st, 3rd, and 4th floors will not be accessible, so most of the print collection will be unavailable.
  • The main floor will be available to all users with a valid Rollins ID card.
  • There will be no library staff working in the building on that day.
  • The IT Help Desk and instructional technologists will work as normal and be available.
  • The library website and all online resources will continue to function and be available as normal.
  • There will be no research help assistance by e-mail, chat, or phone.
  • No books or equipment may be checked out on 6/19, but items can be returned. No fines or fees will be assessed for that day.
  • Interlibrary loan requests may be placed during this period but will not be processed. Printed ILL items may be returned but will not be available for pickup.
  • Library services will end on Thursday 6/18 at 9 p.m. And most will resume again at 9 a.m. on Saturday 6/20.

This closure will enable the library staff to meet together for their annual retreat. This year we will be discussing communication and work styles, and continuing to develop our strategic plan.

Archives Closure 5/12 – 5/15

Please note that due to staff attending the 32nd annual conference of the Society of Florida Archivists, Rollins College Archives will be closed starting Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 12 noon till Friday, May 15, 2015. We will resume our normal schedule on next Monday, May 18, 2015.

If you have any questions, you can e-mail Wenxian Zhang, Head of Archives and Special Collections at wzhang@rollins.edu.

Fox Day 2015 Hours

Olin Fox Day Hours and Services

If you’re reading this, it’s Fox Day! We realize that it came late this year and you might have some studying to do, so the library will be open today.foxday

  • The Olin building will be open 24 hours as usual.
  • The Checkout and Reserves Desk will be open during their regular hours. Please note that if you have any materials checked out that are due today, they are still due. You can contact Circulation at 407-646-2521 if you’d like to renew your books.
  • The Research Help Desk will be staffed by a librarian from 5pm – 9pm.
  • The IT Help Desk will have limited service until 5pm, and normal service after that.
  • TJ’s Tutoring and Writing Consulting: In the spirit of Fox Day, peer tutors and writing consultants will take the day off. Scheduled appointments today will not meet unless the tutor or consultant contacts his/her clients via e-mail offering to meet with them.

Olin Hours over Winter Break

In response to requests from our patrons, we will be open for limited hours during winter break for Rollins faculty.

Thank you to the 112 full time and adjunct faculty who responded to our recent survey on library hours over the winter break.  About 24% of respondents indicate an interest in using the physical collections during this period and about 43% indicate an interest in using ILL services. We also surveyed Oberlin Group and ACS libraries about their opening hours over the winter break. Approximately 84% of the 36 libraries that responded close for a similar period during the winter break. After discussion with the Provost and the various staff involved we are proposing the following as a pilot this year. After this we can review activity and see what we should do in future years.

  • ILLs will be processed from 9-1pm on Monday 12/22 and 9-1pm on Tuesday 12/23.
  • Circulation Staff will be available 12-4pm on Tuesday 12/23 and on Friday 1/2. On those two afternoons, we will open the gates to the upper and lower floors for Rollins faculty only. Faculty who take advantage of this can browse the collections, bring any books/DVDs for checkout, arrange reserves, and pick up any ILL books on those two afternoons.

A few things to remember:

  • At this point some of the relevant staff have already made travel arrangements etc. So we don’t have complete freedom to set the opening hours this year.
  • The campus Post Office opens for two days over this break – 12/23 and 12/30. However, they make it clear that they only expect USPS deliveries, FedEx and UPS will not deliver.
  • ILL will inevitably slow down for a number of reasons beyond our control:
    a.    Many of the schools with whom we have ILL relationships are closed for all or some of the break, we can’t borrow if they are not there to lend.
    b.    USPS has already announced that they expect mail delivery to slow by, on average, one day during December.
    c.    Many libraries use USPS Book Rate to deliver materials, this is the USPS’ lowest priority and will probably slow down even more.

Again, thanks to everyone who responded and particular thanks to Kristen and to Patti for their flexibility in adjusting their holiday plans.

Interlibrary Loan over the Winter Break

Plan Ahead for Winter Break

Some faculty and graduate students look forward to the Winter Break as an opportunity to take some precious time to concentrate on their own research. If you are planning on working during this period and need to use interlibrary loan (ILL) services, or may want to check books out from Olin Library, there are a couple of things you need to be aware of. There will be no access to the general collection on the 3rd and 4th floors and no Olin Library ILL staff working from noon on Friday 12/19/14 until 7:45 a.m. on Monday 1/5/15. This means no books can be checked out and no mediated ILL requests will be placed, no items returned, and no returnable items (like books) processed during this period. Also, while some larger libraries continue ILL service during the winter break, many do not. So that even if you place an unmediated request for an article, for instance, it may not be processed at the lending library. Plan on taking some time during the Thanksgiving break to check out books and place those ILL requests for materials you plan on needing during the winter break. This should give plenty of time for us to receive them in time for you to take them with you over the winter break. If any should have a due date when we are closed, don’t worry – just return them on 1/5 and we will take the flak, pay any fines, etc.