We’re well through the first term here at the Pendlebury Library of Music, so now might be a good moment to catch up on some of the new things around. There have been changes to both room use and services, aiming to make the experience better for all our users.
A new Supervisions Room in the library
This term the Pendlebury Library is able to offer the use of a Supervisions Room, which is attracting a growing number of bookings. With our old photocopier gone, we decided to remodel this small room as a space for one-to-one supervisions or small groups. The room is ideal for students who are using older/rarer library facsimiles under supervision for example. It also has Wi-fi , is bookable in advance and is more private than using the main foyer.
Response from users has been positive, with one commenting that the room’s natural light was a vast improvement on his previous supervision rooms – in one case being booked into a large cupboard or in a basement with no natural light!
The room has been booked every day for the past couple of weeks, proving that it is meeting a need. The Pendlebury is using a Google calendar for booking – current supervisors have been emailed a link to view availability or just email Pendlebury Library and library staff will check and book for you.
Changes to Recalls
You know that feeling when the only lending copy of the book you desperately need has already been taken out by someone else?
Help is at hand by using the Recalls service which is active in term-time at the Pendlebury Library. Find it via the Newton Catalogue. It’s quick and anonymous to place a recall on the book – and the borrower who has it will receive an email requesting its return within 2 working days. We’ll email you to tell you it is ready to pick up from the library.
This term we have shortened the return window to 2 days from the previous 5 working days, so your book or score should be back in the library for you to pick up within a few days. Feedback is positive with recalls being placed regularly and turnover of popular titles quicker.
Photocopying and printing
The library has a new photocopier which also acts as a printer, using the University of Cambridge’s DS-Print service. The new equipment allows scanning (either to email or memory stick), photocopying in black and white or colour, and printing via the adjacent Macs in the Audio Room. It is all driven centrally through DS-print and uses your blue University card to activate the copier. The Faculty has given students some printer credit to start them off, and thereafter top-up is easy online.
Recycling in action!
Finally the library was able to assist in finding a good home for 60 chairs which were redundant following the recent refurbishment of the West Road Concert Hall. The chairs, which still had a good amount of life left in them, were gratefully accepted by Linton Village College’s Music Department, where they complement the refurbishment of their Music facilities over the summer. The students commented that they felt privileged to be sitting on the same chairs that had previously graced the stage and had accommodated various orchestras!