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Hi Ellen!

How about a just javascript that randomly spits out temperatures
around 70 Fahrenheit? That would cost less and have the knock-on
effect of stifling student dissent.

Ben

On Tue, May 1, 2012 at 6:52 PM, Friscia, Michael
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> I like the idea. I'd also like to experiment with microphones that can detect the noise level in reading rooms so when a student is looking for a quiet one, they look at the "heat map" of the reading rooms and avoid the ones that are red and go to the quieter light blue ones...
>
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> Michael Friscia
> Manager, Digital Library & Programming Services
> Yale University Library
> (203) 432-1856
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> From: Code for Libraries [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Ellen K. Wilson [[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 3:39 PM
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> Subject: [CODE4LIB] whimsical homepage idea
>
> This is really more of a thought experiment than an actual project, but
> I thought some people might get a kick out of it - maybe someone has
> even done it.
>
> We are in the process of redesigning our library homepage. During the
> fall semester we had a team of freshmen CIS students do a basic
> usability and design service learning project and we are now
> incorporating as much of their feedback as possible. We'd like to be as
> student-centric as possible.
>
> This got me thinking about the top two suggestions in the library's
> feedback box - 1) we want a coffee shop and 2) it's too cold/hot in the
> library. I figure I covered number one by throwing in some Javascript on
> the page (*groan*) but I see an opportunity with the second one. We do
> have microclimates within the library, so while it may be hot on 3N,
> chances are good it's freezing on 4S. Given that actually fixing this is
> beyond the library's control, what if we put wireless temperature
> sensors throughout the building and displayed their readings on the
> library homepage?
>
> So, if one were to attempt this:
> -How would you go about it? (hardware- or software-wise)
> -Could it be done for cheap?
> -Would it be OCLC-approved?
>
> Best regards,
> Ellen
>
> DISCLAIMER: The a/c is out in the library (again) and I think the high
> temperatures in my office may be frying my brain.
>
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> Ellen Knowlton Wilson
> Instructional Services Librarian
> Room 250, University Library
> University of South Alabama
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