Group Study Rooms: Change in policies for Spring 2014
A Group Study Room
All University of Minnesota libraries migrated to a new operations system in December 2013 called Alma. Alma was chosen by the university for many reasons, including the fact that it is cloud-based and better integrates library functions and workflows. These benefits were deemed to outweigh the consequence of the system being very new. Additional features are being developed for the University of Minnesota, GSR booking being one.
Unfortunately, just weeks before the new system went live, we learned that booking would not be available in a useful manner for patrons. Given the short timeline, the Kathryn A. Martin Library enacted a temporary first-come, first-served/no renewals policy for group study rooms. This allows the library to provide efficient and equitable access to study rooms while Alma continues to refine this feature. The circulation desk does have 15 pagers available so you can go to a quiet corner of the library until a group study room becomes available.