Sunday, November 26, 2006

hey guys..this is my first time checking this..didnt get any chance..but everything looks good so far.. i wanted to know if i am not falling apart from all this ..are we having any ohter meetings let me know..and iw il continue working on my part..see ya Cheers

Monday, November 20, 2006

Well everything I've heard so far sounds really good. I think that using the library is such a problem for a lot of our students because it isn't really spacious. Now I of course am speaking about the library at Davis and don't know what the library at Trafalgar looks like, but I doubt that they are very different from each other. I went with my sister to her school open house recently and was very shocked to see how much her middle school library and ours resembled each other. I'm also led to believe that students are choosing public libraries for their reading material because they can get both scholastic and personal reading in one place. As for computer studies, the computer labs are certainly the first choice for that. The brain is definitely a good way to start some innovative ideas. When I read all the names it reminded me of "Cerebro", the name for the room that Professor X uses in X-men. I think that any of those names will be welcomed by the student body. I was also thinking in terms of furniture and decorations. Abstract artwork and furniture pieces would probably go really well with the idea of a brain. I've seen a few pieces in the Ikea catalogue that I thought would be interesting, however space is definitely a road block in that category. Any suggestions or feedback would be super. Great work so far team!!!!

In interior design there are floor plans to give you an idea of where rooms and structural features are located. Think of this image as a visual floor plan of the brain. I have made notes on the "rooms" and "structural features" within the brain but you might not be able to read my chicken scratch so I will re-write my notes below.

(From top left, down and top right, down)

Frontal Lobe-

Latin: Forehead
responsive for voluntary movement, personality, planning and intelligence.

Piuitary Gland-

Adrenaline, Hormones

Temporal lobe-

Latin: Temple
Ears, auditory cortex


Relays sensory info. From cerebellum and Cerebrum. (some say pons is responsible for dreams)

Parietal Lobe-

Latin: Wall
Somatosensory cortex


Links major areas of the brain

Occipital Lobe of Cerebrum-

Visual cortex, receives info from eyes


Latin: Little brain
Integration of sensory perception and motor output

Now I am in no way a biology major so if anyone could give some helpful info that would be great. Try and start to understand and memorize some of these areas because I will refer to them in the next part of the concept.

Student Discussion Board.

There is a new blog open now specifically for student comments, questions, suggestions and oppinions on this project and the library services in general.

It can be found here

This blog will now be for volunteer discussion only, whereas the new blog is open to all students.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

I was thinking about the name issue and think I found a great solution. If our library itself is to represent the part of the brain that is related to "higher brain function" we would be the Cerebrum, or, the Cortex. I really like the sound of The Cortex, or Sheridan Cortex. It sounds serious and like we mean buisness and provide a higher education. Here is a little blurb on the Cerebrum and it's parts and functions.

The Cerebrum: The cerebrum or cortex is the largest part of the human brain, associated with higher brain function such as thought and action. The cerebral cortex is divided into four sections, called "lobes": the frontal lobe, parietal lobe, occipital lobe, and temporal lobe.

What do each of these lobes do?

Frontal Lobe- associated with reasoning, planning, parts of speech, movement, emotions, and problem solving

Parietal Lobe- associated with movement, orientation, recognition, perception of stimuli

Occipital Lobe- associated with visual processing

Temporal Lobe- associated with perception and recognition of auditory stimuli, memory, and speech

I have alot more to post but not alot of time right now.
I will post again soon.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Possible mascot character and logo. This group doesn't really have a name yet, so how about 'LovE' (that's what the logo says, yes)? I can explain-- Living on volunteer Experience! Ha! Or Life on volunteer Experience, etc. And reading just the capitalized ones gets Life Experience! Something like that.

Too corny? No worries, I made these in less time than it takes me to get up in the mornings, so there's no lost love if either/both doodles aren't up to par. ;D

Monday, November 13, 2006

Student impressions of the Davis Library

"My first impression of the Davis Library was that it wasn't that welcoming or attractive from the hallway. The person going to the library should feel that once he enters the door he could study and upon leaving that person should feel satisfied that he/she has done something good.

I went to the mississauga central library recently and I felt so eager to study because the place was so condusive for study.
It was quiet (like a library should be) and it was arranged in a way that there was enough space to lay down all materials.

In our library I know some students just go there to print, hangout and just talk but that can be done outside.
I know we have quiet rooms but we need more of that."

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Things are looking good - we now have 26 volunteers in the project and I've been able to speak to 15 of you in person. I'll be talking to three more this afternoon and will connect with the rest of us by email. If you haven't seen it yet Moushumi of the volunteer group wrote an article about the Library project which is on page 7 of the new Sheridan Sun.
Taodhg Burns

Just to say Rolanda of the Volunteer group has come up with the idea of the Brain to organize the interior design of Library Services and she'll be posting some of her ideas and sketcches in the near future.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The overall Aim of the Library Services Development Plan is:

. To make Library Services a better stocked, more exciting, convenient (24/7), and attractive service for research and learning – that is, a service that supports exceptional learning opportunities and is worthy of a polytechnic that wants to be Canada’s premier;

. Tell people about the change/improvement as it happens.

Our immediate priorities are:

. Communicate the changes that are happening

. Improve the public “look and feel” of Library Services

. Build professional knowledge among LS staff and students

Current projects and goals include:

. Create a project name
. Create a slogan
. Suggest ideas for getting out Development Plan message
. Central area “B” wing kiosk
. Regular Article(s) for Sheridan Sun
. Organize guest speaker/Lunch and Learn events
. Blog, E-zine electronic communications
. Develop ideas for advertising campaign
. Develop cost estimates and budgets for various development plan options
. Estimate $ value/savings/cost benefits of volunteer contributions project
. Mount photographs/art in Library space and outside it
. Rearrange/replace space/furniture
. Improve Library Services signage/public information everywhere (inside and out)
. Take photographs of Sheridan students researching/learning
. Document the learning process
. Build a “What’s Happening” section of the LS Intranet Page
. Create a listserv/bulletin board/blog or Wiki for enduser communications
. Design training tools for research functions
. Suggest/design improvements to Web page navigation
. Suggest/Provide online knowledge sharing techniques and tools for LS staff

To be involved in one or more areas of the project, leave a comment, or a post or contact Taodhg Burns (

Welcome to the Sheridan Library Services Volunteer Project blog!

About the project:

Using information from over 1200 students and 150 faculty who filled out a 2006 online survey Sheridan Library Services is launching a major new development initiative to enhance services on both campuses. Furniture, space, equipment, web tools, training and resources are all under review.

This innovative project is taking revolutionary steps by involving students directly in the transformation process. This is a place for volunteers for the project to post updates and share ideas throughout this process.

Posting is also open to members of the Sheridan community. Your comments and ideas are important and valuable. Together we can make the Sheridan Library the best it can be.

If you are interested in volunteering for the project please contact Taodhg Burns for more information: