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For use during Parsons Music Library's temporary relocation to Sarah Brunet Hall



The Music Library has several pairs of headphones that can be borrowed for in-library use, two hours at a time. They come with a small plug suitable for computer jacks, but an adaptor can be screwed on to accommodate the larger jacks on the library's audio equipment.


Student employees should never wear headphones/earbuds (ours or yours) while on duty


Library patrons should not use headphones at the stand-up computer stations.  Direct them to the computers in the carrels or offer them a laptop.

High School Students

Local high school students may borrow up to two items from the Music Library if they bring a note from their school librarian indicating that they have exhausted the resources of their own library.  Enter a high school student into the circulation system as a NON-UR 2 borrower set to expire in one month.  High school students are not issued cards, and they must bring a new note every time they want to borrow something.

For more information about non-UR borrowers, look here



If a library patron wants something that is already checked out to someone else, he or she can place a hold on it.  With a hold, the patron will be notified by email when the current borrower returns the item, which will then be held at the desk for pickup.


The easiest way to place a hold is to find the item in the library catalog, click on the "Make a Request" link in the blue box at the right side of the screen (see below), and follow the instructions on screen.

You can also place a hold in the circuation system.  Bring up the item record and click on the book icon with the blue plus sign:


Then swipe the requester's SpiderCard and click OK.


If you discharge a Music Library item with an existing hold request, you will see an ITEM BLOCK window that reads Item has outstanding hold or recall request. This is what you should do:

1. Click OK

2. A window will pop up with the name of the hold requester. Click OK to close it.

3. A slip will print out with the words ITEM ON HOLD, as well as information about the item and the requester.

4. Place the hold slip in the book so that it is sticking out the top, or use a rubber band to attach it to the CD or DVD case.

5. Place the item on the hold shelf so the requester can pick it up.




Doing homework during your Music Library shift is a privilege reserved for times when you have no other tasks, and you should never plan your class assignments around having "free" time at the desk. Students should attend to all pending library tasks (discharging items, reshelving, shelf reading, new CD processing, etc.) BEFORE starting homework, and should periodically attend to new reshelving throughout their shifts. See the Shift Checklist for additional information. Under ordinary circumstances, nothing should be left in the to-be-shelved bins or carts at the end of a shift.

The circulation desk should be kept as uncluttered as possible. Do not spread your books, notebooks, etc., all over the work area. Personal files should be saved to Box or to a USB drive, not to the circulation computers' hard drives or desktops.

A student who consistently fails to complete library tasks in a timely manner will lose the privilege of doing homework during his or her shift, and if immediate improvement is not demonstrated, he or she will be subject to termination for poor job performance.

Hostile Intruder Guidelines (BASIC INFORMATION)

Hostile Intruder(s) Emergency Action Plan

When a hostile person(s) is actively causing deadly harm or the imminent threat of deadly harm within a building, we recommend the following procedures be followed:

• Lock yourself in the room you are in at the time of the threatening activity.

• If communication is available, call 911.

• Don't stay in the open hall.

• Do not sound the fire alarm. A fire alarm would signal the occupants in the rooms to evacuate the building and thus place them in potential harm as they attempted to exit.

• Barricade yourself in the room with furniture or anything you can push against the door.

• Lock the window and close blinds or curtains.

• Stay away from windows.

• Turn all lights and audio equipment off.

• Try to stay calm and be as quiet as possible.

If you are caught in an open area

+ You can try to hide, but make sure it is a well hidden space or you may be found as the intruder moves through the building looking for victims.

+ If you think you can safely make it out of the building by running, then do so. If you decide to run, do not run in a straight line. Keep any objects you can between you and the hostile person(s) while in the building. Once outside, don't run in a straight line. Use trees, vehicles or any other object to block you from view as you run. When away from the immediate area of danger, summon help any way you can and warn others.

+ If the person(s) is causing death or serious physical injury to others and you are unable to run or hide, you may choose to play dead if other victims are around you.

+ The last option you have if caught in an open area may be to fight back. This is dangerous, but depending on your situation, this could be your last option.

+ If you are caught by the intruder and are not going to fight back, follow their directions and don't look the intruder in the eyes.

+ Once the police arrive, obey all commands. This may involve your being handcuffed or made to put your hands in the air. This is done for safety reasons and once circumstances are evaluated by the police, they will give you further directions to follow.

This Emergency Action Plan cannot cover every possible situation that might occur. Nevertheless, it is a training tool that can reduce the number of injuries or death if put into action as soon as a situation develops. Time is a critical factor in the management of a situation of this manner.