March 13, 2012

Possible ScienceDirect service disruptions


 

The possible disruption of service by region may occur during the following time period:
  • Eastern Daylight Time: 8:30AM EDT-9:30PM EDT, Saturday, March 17th 2012
  • Greenwich Mean Time: 12:30PM GMT Saturday, March 17th - 1:30 AM Sunday, March 18th 2012
  • Singapore Time: 8:30PM SGT Saturday March 17th - 9:30AM SGT Sunday, March 18th 2012
We encourage you to share this information with your users to minimize the impact of any possible disruptions to their research schedule. 

March 12, 2012

TWU Library Student Assistants ... keep the Library going


Alloway Library employs some 20 TWU students to assist in the daily operation of the library. You'll see them working throughout the building - shelving material, dusting shelves, checking out items, taking fine payments and answering general inquiries about the library.  They are a crucial component of the library's service.

Our team of  student assistants work a total of nearly 200 hours each week from the first day of classes right through to the last day of exams. Their shifts vary in time from a single 8-hour shift to a   combination of shorter shifts wedged in between classes. And, given the varying rhythms of the academic term, student assistants sometimes juggle shifts, trading with coworkers who need time off or time-shifting their schedule to meet their work and study commitments

It could be a challenge for supervisory staff to monitor all those work- hours with their variations as well as to track the idiosyncrasies of those who arrive late, leave early or stay extra time to complete a task.  Alloway Library uses Time Clock MTS http://www.timeclockmts.com/  to do the job. Time Clock MTS is cost-effective software that makes it easy for students assistants to clock in and out for each shift and,  better still,  it makes the payroll process almost effortless for supervisory staff.