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(Jan 24/08) Please ban Facebook/Youtube usage on the school computers during peak hours...people who are trying to do research cant access a computer! Thank you.

Library response: Thank you for your comments. You have raised an item of legitimate concern which has been discussed within the Library on numerous occasions. While we realize that public computers in the Library are in great demand and that students can use them for "non-research" purposes we do not feel we can remove access to sites like Facebook, Youtube or MSN since they can be used for exchanging information related to academic work. For example, the Library's research help service uses MSN as a communication mechanism for students with research questions. E-mail is another example of an application available on public computers which can be used for both academic work and social purposes. As a result we choose not to police the use of public computers but instead to depend on students to exercise good judgement with regard to how they use a shared service like public computers and to be sensitive to the needs of others. We assess our policies on an on-going basis and will adjust them in order to meet the needs of students so we appreciate any feedback from students. (Jan 24/08)
Answered by: Catherine Baird (Marketing, Communications and Outreach Librarian)

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