Archive for August, 2009

New Group Study Room Policy!

Effective this fall semester, (Monday, August 31, 2009), the Monroe Library will reserve several group study rooms for group work only. The library is also offering users the option to book a room in advance.  Click here for more information.

Fall 2009 Blackboard Workshops and Upgrade


On Thursday, August 20th Blackboard will be unavailable between midnight and noon as we perform our upgrade. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but feel it is necessary to do so at this time.

Foremost among the changes that you may see after the upgrade is a newly redesigned gradebook, which is now called ‘Grade Center’. The Grade Center uses a much more efficient interface, reminiscent of and excel spreadsheet, eliminating the extra clicking of ‘OK’ or “Submit’ buttons.  Upgrading also solves a number of compatibility issues with more recent web browsers, and will make the Blackboard experience more user friendly.

If you have any questions about the upgrade or Blackboard in general, please feel free to contact me at


We have set the schedule for this fall’s Blackboard workshops for faculty and staff. We hope that you will be able to join us for one or more over the course of the week.

Monday, August 24th

10am: Blackboard Basics
Noon: Grade Center

Tuesday, August 25th

10am: Grade Center

Wednesday, August 26th

10am: Assessment in Blackboard
Noon: Blackboard Basics

Thursday, August 27th

Noon: Grade Center

Friday, August 28th

Noon: Blackboard basics
2pm: Assessment in Bb

All workshops will be held in the LI classroom on the second floor of Monroe Library, and no registration is necessary.

I hope to see you there!

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