mail order diploma

My diploma is ready. Yay. I can't get into to town to pick it up, and I'm not going to commencement, so I had to stick an additional ten bucks in an envelope to fork over to Simmons so that I can get it certified mailed to me. I guess I would understand more if it was an overdue fine.

The kicker about the mailman here is I know he's going to fold it up and shove it through our mail slot. I know it. Perhaps I should put a sign on the door saying leave it on the back porch. I would have liked to have it delivered to work, but I feel funny about asking about that sort of thing.

I hope that Simmons puts it in a stiffy mailer. And I hope it's big. My diploma from college is about the size of postage stamp, and meanwhile, my husband's got his big impressive JHU and GW diplomas on the wall. My postage stamp from the state college did come in a leather case, though.

I've decided that even though I want to ask for library cards to use the internet, at this juncture, there's really no good reason to. I could do it if I thought we were going to get the card module any time soon, but I'm not so sure. And I suppose if I'm going to ask for cards, I should ask for a good reason. My fear is also that the email and Linux terminal will get fights, because they're the only ones that aren't going to be card only. Perhaps it's best to do this in stages. If we decide on the card module, and get the RAM so our server can support it, then we will start to put out signs and explain to people what's going on, so they can be prepared.

I think psychologically it will help the staff, too. And god knows we all need psychological help. (Hee, of course I had to throw that in). I think there's going to be some resistance to having to learn a new bit of software, that the extra step of getting a library card might just push them over the edge.

What is scaring me is people seem to think this is self serving... Which even if I was going to deploy that module, we'd be over there explaining it all day. It's going to eliminate conflict, mostly, and eliminate the need for the reference/info person to be the one that has to get up every half hour and nicely remind people to get the hell off. It will eliminate people coming in with ten minutes left on the half hour and saying, "I was only here ten minutes!"

I expect some complaints to begin with from patrons who have a hard time limiting themselves. I will let you know if that really happens, though. I know I've had patrons from other libraries say that they liked their library's timer software, too. So go figure.

It erases cookies and history and cache, though. Dang! The systems librarian likes the timer software.

I am really nervous about this. This is the first big decision I've had to make, and it's a little unnerving. I hope it goes well.

Comments

You can't justify asking for the card?

You ask for it to check out books -- these guys are checking out a computer. That's reason enough.

Re:You can't justify asking for the card?

True. Actually, I've been flipping back and forth about this all day. I guess I'll see how it works into the fluidity of the sign up process. I know it's better for the hardware to put this restriction, and it's a good method to collect fines this way... I've found a lot of libraries won't allow computers to be used if someone has more than X amount in fines.

I'm getting some opposition from staff though. I am thinking of making both the Linux and email terminals (which would be accessible without a card) ten or fifteen minutes. If you want to use a computer for anything but email, you must present a card.

Diploma?

Why not ask the college how it's packaged? And, heck yeah you should leave a BIG note for the mailman to treat that thing right.j

[What did you get a degree in, BTW?]

Re:Diploma?

This one is the MLS one... My undergrad was English and History.

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