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Another update this quarter had to do with the library's work with VITA to integrate Microsoft Teams into LibChat, which was completed this quarter, allowing library staff to invite chat participants into Microsoft Teams meetings with real-time audio and screen sharing. It is not clear how much this feature will be used by library staff, though chat remains an important (and growing) form of interacting with VDOT customers. In addition, the library has activated a series of 20 "tokens" to provide access to articles from Taylor & Francis journals (beyond the 3 journals we have an "unlimited" subscription access to) and the first tokens were used by Becky Ernest to provide articles to patrons through a mediated document delivery service.
As detailed in this quarter's Spotlight, the library was suddenly required to undertake a major shelf shifting project this quarter—the first such shifting project since 2004. While the majority of the work was completed through the efforts of Gil Kenner, some of the work carried into FY22Q3 and will be detailed next quarter.
As monitored by Barb Neyman, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) made historic changes to P.E. Civil exam. It will become a computer-based test next April and will also be available year round. The library will continue tracking changes in this realm since our PE exam study collections are very popular.