TechKnows: How to Take Out a Book

Hello again! This is Riley from the Help Desk, located at the Knowledge Bar. It’s been some time since the last TechKnows post, but this academic year is full of new additions and fun surprises. I’m here to help you understand just how the Learning Commons has changed to accommodate you!

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I don’t look like a bookshelf, but I am your friend! xoxo

First on the docket: taking out a book using the new KOHA CATALOG.

  1. Take out your phone, turn on your tablet, power up your laptop, or sit at a computer. You can request books from any device that connects to the Internet! That’s right, including your home computer.
  2. Navigate to the Marywood University home page. This page is the gateway to so many applications and helpful tidbits of information. Know it well!
  3. Click on Library at the bottom of the page. Easy enough!
  4. Locate Library Catalog / My Account and click. You’ll be transported directly to the Koha catalog!
  5. Once you’re in the catalog, the *first thing* to do is Log in to your account or use the quick login fields and use your MarywoodYou Portal login.  That pesky barcode number is no longer needed!
  6. Search for the book you need using the search bar. Once you find the terrific tome(s) you were looking for, click Place hold (you can also put multiple books in your Cart and request them all at once).
  7. Items will be ready to pick up (depending on specified location) at the Knowledge Bar, Architecture Library, or Curriculum Lab! Just ask anyone at the respective locations and have your Marywood ID ready.

In just a few simple steps, an near infinite amount of books can be in your hands. You can take out movies the same way; just search and follow the instructions above. As for books that are in the Marketplace, you can find them on the shelves located next to the computers and take them to the main desk to check out.

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Really, I’m quite simple to use! Give me a try 🙂

Fun Fact: If you can’t find a book in the Koha catalog, use the PALCI/E-ZBorrow link while logged into the catalog. You will be automatically logged in, so you can immediately begin searching and request books through interlibrary loan!

As always, if you have any further questions, visit the friendly techs and clerks at the Knowledge Bar! We’re always happy to help.

This is Riley, signing off!


Do you have any suggestions for future TechKnows posts? Leave a comment below!

 

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10 Ways to Use the Learning Commons

The Learning Commons isn’t just a library; it’s a combination of space, information, and yes, food.


by Zach Johnson-Medland

  1. Study with friends (or not). Pick a room to study in, or if friends are too much of a distraction, build yourself a private starship chair fortress in a secluded corner complete with laptop stand, bean bag chair and any other movable furniture you can co-opt.

2. People-watch. Drinking coffee and watching people may sound creepy, but whatever…it’s fun!

3. Have an event, meet-up or get-together. Get some friends to host a coffeehouse, and check with the Student Activities so you can hang up signs.

4. Recover from a workout. After that hard jog around the creepy graveyard, grab a green smoothie to recover.

5. Pull an all-nighter. Usually the Learning Commons is open until around 2 am, and the service desk until 12 am, hours can be found here. You can stay up and study if you need too, but try to get some sleep!

6. Use the Seed Library! Tucked into the nook around the corner from the first-floor bathrooms, the Seed Library looks like some mysterious old cabinet from your grandparents, but really its filled with tons of donated seeds that are free and at your disposal! (Just take what you’ll plant). There’s something for everyone to grow, even in your windowsill.

7. Settle in with a book. It’s still a library at heart, despite the emphasis on digital technology, so grab that paper book from the New Books section, find a big blue chair, and flip through it.

8. Watch the automatic book retrieval system. While you’re waiting for your book you can run up and down the aisles watching the retrieval system do its work.

9. Browse the magazines. Or, while waiting, you could just go to the Magazines Section in the back of the Learning Commons first floor, and flip through all the magazines. It’s much easier, and less exhausting than chasing an automated robot.

10. Use a locker. Need to run out, but don’t want to lug your stuff with you? Ask a librarian how to use one of the lockers (its really easy) and charge your devices inside it–just remember to take your stuff out at the end of the day! And try to give commuters first dibs, they don’t have dorms to keep their stuff close by.

These ideas of what to do in the Learning Commons are just the tip of the iceberg–what are yours?


Zach is studying for a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in English. He’s been writing and drawing since he could hold a crayon. Zach constantly seeks to combine his aesthetic creativity with linguistic logicality through art, poems, and stories.