Computer use — academic or not?

You wrote:

I realize everyone is stressed with exams and final papers (believe me), but it is so infuriating when I try to find a computer and just see people parked there with their notebooks open, using the computer as a ‘break’ to occasionally check email or listen to music and just use the space in front like a table. Some of us legitimately have research to do and need the computer. If or when I ask them, suddenly they critically have to check email.

Could you please make a posting to let people know the computers are not just places where you can sit and studying, but that there are actually tables for that?

If someone could go around checking, that would be immensely appreciated.

and

….This is beyond ridiculous. This is a selfish waste of a resource- as long as they importantly start to check email when confronted. PLEASE could you make a sign that this is priority for people who have serious work to do?! Is it not possible for someone to enforce that?  There’s a difference between someone taking a five minute break to check email, and someone parked there to watch a foreign film for 2 hours while students with real ‘work’ to do, watch and are stressed out.

PLEASE can you do something about this- this is a stressful enough period without inconsiderate people adding to it.

Thank you for bringing up this important topic.

I like your idea of having signs  that make it clear that library computers are intended for academic use only.  I’ve passed it on to the Libraries’ administrators.  (In fact, I remember that we used to have  signs  and that the workstations would have such a message when a user would login.) However, I must say that this problem has existed since the Libraries first got the Internet!

When we started out, we had tried to block out all email websites, like Hotmail.  🙂 Then, for a short time, we tried to block out Facebook and Youtube….  Each time we did that, we would hear of a class or an assignment that needed the blocked out application.

It is a very tricky issue and I appreciate you bringing it up.

3 thoughts on “Computer use — academic or not?

  1. Anonymous

    I am not aware of ANY serious assignment that would require Facebook access, so blocking it on library’s computers should be reestablished. I can’t even recall how many computers I come across that display the blue theme of Facebook, day or night.

    Not really necessary to block out email websites, though, although the university does provide a working email service.

  2. Anonymous

    “There’s a difference between someone taking a five minute break to check email, and someone parked there to watch a foreign film for 2 hours while students with real ‘work’ to do, watch and are stressed out.”

    Guess you’ve never heard of Film Studies…

    “I am not aware of ANY serious assignment that would require Facebook access, so blocking it on library’s computers should be reestablished.”

    It’s not that a particular assignment requires Facebook, it’s that Facebook facilitates arranging group meetings, study sessions, the sharing of notes and ideas, and other useful purposes during exam time and even for the rest of the year. Just because you don’t have any use for it doesn’t mean other students don’t as well.

  3. Anonymous

    “Facebook facilitates arranging group meetings, study sessions, the sharing of notes and ideas.”

    There’s a sweet tool for that, and it’s called email. Or MSN Messenger. Anything that doesn’t involve watching goofy videos and typing a message once every 30 min.

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