I think it's great that group can now reserve the group study rooms for themselves in a timely fashion rather than hoping to find a room when they get to the library. However I wish that there was a schedule posted outside the rooms so that I and my study buddies won't get kicked out everytime we find a room by chance. Even though people are courteous when asking us to leave after showing us their reservation slip, I rather not enter a room that already has a reservation happening in ten minutes, than a room that has NOTHING posted. Especially when my group and I have already settled in to get started on our work. Please consider this option because it would make things easier for the people who use the group study rooms and for the people who reserve them.
From: an undergraduate student
Teresa Doherty, Head of Circulation and Information Services, replies...
We have received several suggestions similar to yours about posting a daily schedule outside each study room. We chose this reservation system specifically because it offers the flexibility of on-the-fly reservations; if you find a room which is open and available, simply log into the reservation system and check the online calendar. If the room has not been reserved, book it for your group. The online calendar shows reservations made for each group study room in Cabell Library, and shows the resources available in that room. If the room you are using does not have a computer in it, you can borrow a laptop from the Circulation service desk, or use any of the other computers in the building. (Did you know that there is a great tool to find available computers all over campus? The VCU LabStats page includes up to the minute information about available computers, including those in James Branch Cabell Library and the Tompkins-McCaw Library for Health Sciences.) We appreciate your taking the time to share your concerns and suggestions regarding our group study room reservation system with us.