Gelman to launch online system for booking rooms

Gelman Library has a solution to the cramped quarters and dearth of study space that plague students: online reservations.

New technology, slated to launch in February, will allow students to book study rooms online.

The program “will hopefully help alleviate the conflicts that are going on right now,” said senior Andrew Cooper, Gelman’s student liaison. “Two students recently got into a physical altercation over study rooms.”

Roughly 70 percent of study rooms in the library will be set aside for online reservations, Cooper said.

Parties of two or more will be eligible to reserve the spaces up to two days in advance. Each student is only allowed to reserve a room for two hours, however.

“Creation of the system is a result of collaboration with the student advisory board,” Cooper said. The student advisory board reports to Cooper, who in turn reports to the administration.

The Web site will require a last name and GWid to sign in. After that, students can choose rooms on the third, fourth, fifth and sixth floors from a map of the library and then print a receipt for verification.

David Bietila, the library’s Web service librarian, said the program has been in the works for six months and is likely the first software system developed at Gelman.

“Usually we don’t program our own software to this extent. It’s kind of an experiment for us,” Bietila said. “We’ll see how it goes.”

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