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1/24/2019: The fourth floor in the library was a great place for us to spend time studying together. Taking away the fourth floor space makes it harder to find a table in the library with friends.

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1/24/2019: Now that the fourth floor has been turned into a “quiet zone” there has become less seats available in the library because everyone is trying to go to the fourth floor. We need more talking zones in the library. The fourth floor was one of my favorite places to work with others openly to get things done and better my understanding of my work. Please help to resolve this issue. Thank you.

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1/24/2019: 4th floor single seating does not accommodate anyone. 3rd floor is always packed.

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1/24/2019: I don't think turning the 4th floor into a quiet study floor was necessary. There are enough quiet spaces and one person cubicles in the library already. The 3rd floor feels overcrowded now as that is where everyone goes. I think you should put the large tables back on the 4th floor

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1/24/2019: I feel unable to effectively pursue academic excellence without study zones to verbally communicate to my peers.

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1/24/2019: We need time to interact with peers in an academic setting and there is limited space to do so in the library.

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1/24/2019: I would like to voice my concern on the 4th floor of the library. It is often the 3rd floor is over crowded, and the 4th floor has always been more space to study at large tables, in groups or just with friends near by. By making a quite study you are taking away the natural flow and academic communication of students. Steely has always been a place where sound travels up. This is an injustice to students, and poor use of space and planning.

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1/24/2019: I believe making the 4th floor a quiet zone takes away the opportunity for students to work on group work. Since this has been in place, the 3rd floor (the only talkative floor) has become overwhelmingly crowded. This is very inconvenient for students who have to meet with each other and need laptops to finish their projects. I think the library needs two quiet floors and two talking floors to be fair to everyone. There are plenty of other quiet places on campus to do school work but no where with as many resources as the library.

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1/24/2019: Now that the entire 4th floor is silent there’s not much space to talk in the library whatsoever. The 4th floor was a place that many enjoyed to sit at especially because during peak hours it is nearly impossible to find a seat on the 3rd floor.

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1/24/2019: Recently, Steely Library has changed the 4th floor's original layout from a space to collaborate and communicate academically, to a sea of study tables and silence. Not only has this crowded the third floor, but many have noticed that these new study tables are not being utilized. Myself and other students who are in the library on a daily basis have noted that these tables are always empty. Additionally, many students worked in that area their entire academic career at NKU and have flourished in their studies as a result of allowing these talking zones. As of today, the third floor is the only talking zone, and as I previously stated, it is always crowded, and will only get worse come midterms/finals weeks. Please, consider returning to the original layout of the fourth floor. Thank you.

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1/24/2019: 4th floor quiet study zone doesn't accommodate study needs. More talking zones would be helpful.

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1/24/2019: 4th floor is not accommodating to students and group work.

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1/24/2019: I would like to reserve study rooms for longer periods of time during finals week.

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1/24/2019: The fourth floor becoming a quiet zone hinders the amount of open group study areas! Its taking away a place where several students like to engage and study and we have a surplus of personal study areas on the first and second floors. I believe that it is irrational to limit the amount of areas for more interactive studies when we already have so many opportunities throughout the library for quiet study. The change of the fourth floor study area to a quiet zone does not make sense and makes students feel unwelcome to have sessions at the library.

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1/24/2019:

  1. 4th floor quiet study zone doesn't accommodate our study needs.
  2. Need more talking zones
  3. 3rd floor spaces are crowded.
  4. The amount of personal study tables is superfluous. Please make more areas that promote academic communication.

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1/24/2019: There are not enough places in the library for groups to meet and communicate the fourth floor is now full of personal study tables that are never being used.

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1/24/2019: More quiet areas needed for studying - more study rooms.

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1/24/2019: There isn’t enough group space in the library. The 4th floor used to be where groups could study together because the 3rd floor was always crowded. The 1st and 2nd floor were always the quiet study floor to study alone.

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1/24/2019: The fourth floor of the library gave students a way to work on group projects and receive help in different subjects from their peers.

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1/24/2019: The 4th floor need to not be a quite zone because we already have the second floor for that. People need to talk to work sometimes and now the 3rd floor is even more crowded than before.

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1/24/2019: We have a lot of quiet study zones, and as you know we have a lot of people who talk. There should be a floor limited to talking zones and academic communication.

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1/24/2019: My study needs require a place in the library where I can collaborate with my peers. When the 4th floor was designated as a quiet study zone, it took that collaboration away from us. We would like to have an area we can talk and work together but we cannot go to the 3rd floor as it is overpopulated as many students follow the same methods we do.

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1/18/2019: yeah so I think it’s complete BS that the 4th floor is now used as a quiet floor. there were 2 other perfectly useful floors that were designated floors. why in the world would y’all change a place that allowed students to collaborate or hang out while getting things done. i simply do not understand the logic behind it

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1/18/2019: The study spot I have used the entirety of my collegiate career has been taken away due to "many requests" on the fourth floor. However, the floor used to be filled at all times with people doing homework. Now, it sits virtually completely empty. This seems like a strange change if our true focus is student success.

It is well known that the men of Alpha Tau Omega typically use the fourth floor to study. Instead of this being a true request from many students, it seems to be more of a targeted attack against our organization sitting together to do homework and study. This is strange considering ATO has had the top GPA for the majority of my 8 semesters at NKU.

Additionally, many of the students who used those tables weren't ATO's or even in Greek Life. This change is impacting a larger demographic of students than you expect.

PLEASE reconsider this change and allow us to continue the standard of academic excellence within our organization which in turn increases the graduation rate for our members.

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1/18/2019: Give 4th floor back!!!!!

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1/17/2019: As a whole, the chapter of theta omega uses the 4th floor as a study section of the library. We as a whole, have used this section of the library to be a top chapter is GPA the past 4 years. It is unreal to think you all would take this away from us. We use this as a time to be better student, men and people as whole. Give us our section back or else we will deliguish as a whole. We can here to learn and that what we do.

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1/17/2019: The change in seating in the fourth floor is really detrimental to my academic career and social time. Last semester I went to the library every day to study with my friends. Now that the seating arrangement has changed my friends and I have nowhere to meet up and study together.

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1/23/19: Thank you for you comments. Your comments were forwarded to the library's space committee. This response was recently added to Steely Library's News: "Quiet Study on 4th Floor".

--Michael Providenti
Librarian

 

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12/3/17: The IA design team has done a spectacular job on your website, specifically in design, navigation, and search system architecture. Other students and universities could benefit from a similar design.

My hats off to the team, Great Job!
v/r
UK Grad student

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12/4/17: Thank you for taking time to look at our site! We appreciate the positive feedback! We also encourage feedback that tells us where we might have fallen short.

There are still a few important portions of the site being developed (Library DIY, subject guides, library maps, etc.). There is still a lot of work for us to do.

Thanks again!

--Michael Providenti
Librarian

 

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11/28/17: The links within the global My Library tab in Blackboard have not been updated. All links are broken.

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11/29/17: Thank you for letting us know! I am sharing your comment with the librarians who manage the library's Blackboard account. Hopefully we can get this updated immediately.

--Michael Providenti
Librarian

 

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11/5/17: I'm really sad about the new setup of the 4th floor, particularly close to the elevator, where there used to be large study tables. They were good for group studying, but now that space has been reduced and there aren't any places in the library besides study rooms that are usually booked to study as a group.

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11/21/17: I am sorry that your experience of the reconfigured 4th floor was not positive. I spoke to Nancy Campbell, Assistant to the Dean, about the situation.

The large tables on the 4th floor created a lot of noise on the 3rd floor near the glass elevator -- these areas are part of the same open space. The plan was to create a quieter space near the elevator while shifting group study space to the back of the 3rd floor (the area that overlooks the fountain). Shelves have been moved away from the back of the third floor and more large tables have been added to that space. In addition, two more new study rooms are now available for group study in the library.

I apologize for your bad experience and I hope these two new options will be an acceptable substitute. 

--Michael Providenti
Librarian

 

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10/25/17: There are not enough small group rooms, and it is a hassle to reserve the few available, also the first floor "quiet area" is not quiet, people do small group projects there because they have nowhere else to go, the janitor ... cleans the bathrooms during the busiest hours 12-2 as well.

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11/2/17: Thank you for your comment. Demand for group study rooms outpaces our supply. Fortunately, two new group study rooms, SL 205 and SL 210, are available as of early November 2017. You can book them from the Group Study Room page.

If the Library' quiet area becomes noisy, you can ask for assistance at the 3rd floor public services desk.

The library administration is looking into the restroom cleaning schedule to see if it can be adjusted.

--Michael Providenti
Librarian

 

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9/13/17: Food and drink vending machines in the library would be great. The library is the only building that is open the latest and it would be very convenient to have one here. Plus, I feel like the library would make more money that way as well because people always want snacks when they're studying. Please look into this!

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There are currently no snack machines in the library. I am forwarding your suggestion to the library administration. In the meantime, we do have a Find a Snack page that lists the closest vending machines on campus.

--Michael Providenti
Librarian

 

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8/9/17: Your new web page rocks!

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Thank you!

--Michael Providenti
Librarian

 
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