Librarian outlines library renovations to Senate

first_imgUniversity librarian Diane Walker presented to student senate Wednesday night on the updates to Hesburgh Library, which is undergoing an extensive, multi-year renovation. “We’ve been thinking about [these renovations] since 2012,” Walker said. “We’ve developed a master plan, because we knew it was going to be a multi-year, multi-phase project, and the master plan was meant to guide us through all of the phases of the project.”Walker said she wanted coherence in the execution of that plan.“In the end, it should all look like one, big connected project, not a bunch of individual ones,” she said. One of the first renovations was taking out the marble wall in the second floor of the library and opening it up so those on the second floor could see the stadium and quad outside. “For those of you who don’t know what it looked like before … it’s hard to appreciate just how difficult it was to navigate and understand what kind of activity we wanted to go on,” Walker said. “One of our goals was to make the intellectual and academic engagement in the library more visible. We wanted to partner with other University groups to provide research and learning services in the Hesburgh Library. We wanted to provide quality and study work space for a whole use of the library.”That “whole use” of the library, she said, applies to students, faculty and the almost 200 people who work in the libraries across campus. “We need to manage our effective growth,” Walker said.So far, the entrance and the first, second, fourth and tenth floors have undergone major renovations.“What’s important to note here … is how dark it [used to be],” Walker said. “And now you have windows looking out onto the courtyard.” Jessica Kayongo, a sociology librarian, said the next phases of the project — the complete first and second floors — should be completed by spring or summer 2018. “It’s all behind construction walls right now, and we’re sorry because we know that takes up study seats, but we think you’ll be pleased once we emerge from this project,” Kayongo said. There are intentionally many windows in the space, Kayongo said, lending themselves to natural light and transparency. “That’s a result of a lot of student feedback, saying there was not a lot of natural light in the library,” Kayongo said. “And … the artificial light was just not good, so we want to allow as much light to pass through as possible and make our activities as transparent as possible.”Additionally, there will be what is known as the “Grand Reading Room” in the location where the Fishbowl currently is by 2020. “There are a lot of seats in this space, so it would sort of be your quiet, heads down study space,” Kayongo said. “It will be a two-leveled space with a connecting stairwell.”Finally, there will be a museum-quality update to the special collections area. “This houses some of our most rare materials, and what we need to do is showcase it a bit more,” Kayongo said. “We think this is a great way to do that.”Tags: Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame Student Senate, renovationlast_img read more

Part-time employees: Smart play or added expense?

first_imgby: Philippe AsselinRecently someone shared with me their teenage son averages over $20 an hour working part time bussing tables at the local BBQ place—and he receives some optional benefit offerings plus half-price food (I hear they even have fried corn nuggets!) Oddly, they are still taking applications even though they pay at that rate. I can meet you there later today . . . PM me . .  .Does $20 an hour to bus tables sound like a lot of money—or maybe too much money? More than your part time or even full-time employees are making? Perhaps so—but more interesting to me is that they are still hiring in a town with moderate to higher unemployment levels and low overall wages compared to the national averages for financial institutions. (89% of the average to be exact) So is $20/hour actually high enough if they are still looking for more help? Will he quit and go to work at a financial institution for $12 an hour? Maybe after he graduates? Probably not, as this all-star athlete and student maintains the same “show me the money” mantra as many of his peers. It’s great to be at the age of perceived invincibility!It would seem the best scenario would be to have all full time employees with full benefits, as many companies with a sound compensation philosophy experience lower turnover with full time employees (part time employee turnover is almost three times higher, as noted by the Hay Group Study in an article published by Fortune in September of 2013 titled “How Costco Saves Taxpayers Money.”) Typically the full-time employees are career-minded and seek long-term, stable employment, especially during economic downturns as fear grips their hearts. Often the most marketable employees consider trading up for more compensation and benefits, as they believe and typically can find employment anywhere. If this is true, would all employee turnover be detrimental? Or only when we lose the “playmakers” on the team?Unfortunately most businesses do not have a constant and consistent rate of work coming in, especially businesses open to the public, as they are at the mercy of those they serve. Technology investments that theoretically increase efficiencies often compound the challenges. This makes the need for part- or peak-time employees paramount to some successful businesses, as the down time for full-time employees can be very costly if they are left to invent work on their own. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Dodgers preview: Home opener vs. San Francisco Giants already full of drama

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Don Mattingly was so determined to avoid the commotion surrounding the Dodgers’ home opener Friday, he left his Manhattan Beach home more than seven hours before the first pitch.With the return of outfielder Matt Kemp and Hyun-Jin Ryu making his third start in six games when the Dodgers host the San Francisco Giants at 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet L.A. on TV, AM-570 on radio), the Dodgers manager had too much on his mind to get caught up in morning traffic.Mattingly wishes Yasiel Puig would have followed his lead, but the Cuban outfielder arrived late to batting practice, causing Mattingly to alter a plan he undoubtedly gave some thought during his commute.Kemp was originally left off the lineup card, but will bat second in place of Puig, who will reportedly not play at all Friday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ryu (1-0) has yet to allow a run in 12 innings this season. The South Korean allowed just two hits in five innings of a 7-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the final game of the opening series in Sydney, Australia. Ryu started the Dodgers’ U.S. opener Sunday, pitching seven shutout innings in San Diego only for the Padres to score three runs off Brian Wilson in the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ only loss of the season.Opposing Ryu on the mound Friday will be the Giants’ Ryan Vogelsong, who is making his season debut after going 4-6 last season with a 5.73 ERA.last_img read more