Monday, September 21, 2015

Upcoming Active Shooter Drill

A Run. Hide. Fight. University active shooter preparedness exercise will close Dykes Library from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 24. We will conduct this drill in collaboration with our campus police department, Kansas City, Kansas, police and fire departments, county offices and the hospital. Timed to coincide with National Preparedness Month, this drill will test our readiness and how we work together as a community in a highly charged emergency situation. Even if you are not part of the exercise itself, you may be impacted.

Here's what you can expect the day of the exercise:  
  • The drill will start at 7 a.m., but Dykes Library will be closed at 5 a.m. (to prepare for the drill) until the exercise is completed and the area is cleared.
  • Pedestrian and vehicle traffic will be rerouted, so expect slight delays.
  • The RAVE and Alertus systems will be activated throughout campus - ensure you receive the Alertus popup at your computer and the RAVE text message on your cell phone (you must be signed up to receive RAVE messages).
  • All of the university campus will be in lockdown for a short period.
  • You will receive Emergency Alert or Critical Information emails from dispatch throughout the event; subject line will lead with "This is a drill" or "This is an exercise."
  • Employees and students should make sure to wear their badges, particularly during the lockdown. Your badge will be the only means of access to buildings if you need to move between buildings during the lockdown period. In a real emergency, we would need to account for our employees and students so your badges would help us do this.
The campus can actively participate in this drill by thinking about your egress routes or how you would barricade yourself from a shooter. If you haven't taken the Run, Hide, Fight training or asked for a presentation or recommendations, now is the time to do so. Email Erica Hupka for training information or go to the Emergency Management website, which has a short Run, Hide, Fight video.

We have notified the Rosedale and Volker neighborhoods, and digital signs are already installed to let the community know of this event. Please tell your family and friends about the drill so they are not alarmed by the sirens and possible media presence this day.

We appreciate your cooperation and support throughout this drill. After the exercise, we will put together an after-action report to share with the campus. Email with questions or concerns. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Issues connecting to electronic books?

If you use a Safari browser on your mobile device to access full-text content for e-books in the Dykes Library's collection, please be aware that optimal results for some databases cannot be guaranteed. Try using an alternative browser.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fee-Free Interlibrary Loan for KUMC and KU Hospital through A.R. Dykes Library of the Health Sciences

The A.R. Dykes Library of the Health Sciences is waiving the costs of Interlibrary Loan fees for all KUMC and KU Hospital faculty, staff and students as of July 1, 2015. Based on employee and student survey comments, KUMC customers have expressed dissatisfaction with the fees charged to them for interlibrary loan. Library director, Jameson Watkins and the Dykes library staff in Content and Access have decided that instead of spending staff time billing KUMC and hospital employees, staff will use that time to offer better services such as exploring other models for providing immediate full text content to users.

Beginning July 1, the library will absorb all costs charged by other libraries for interlibrary loan services provided to KUMC campuses. For more information on interlibrary loan services, please go here or contact the library staff  here