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Environmental Monitoring . at MU Libraries. Presented by Amanda Sprochi and Gary Cox. Monitoring protocols. Every library will have a Hobo monitor to record environmental conditions One-year baseline Download monthly into an Excel spreadsheet

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Environmental Monitoring

at MU Libraries

Presented by Amanda Sprochi and Gary Cox

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Monitoring protocols

  • Every library will have a Hobo monitor to record environmental conditions

  • One-year baseline

  • Download monthly into an Excel spreadsheet

  • Send to Kathy Peters for compliation via the Hobo folder on MUELMER

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Using Hobo monitors and software

  • Every library will have at least one Hobo and software

  • For those with more than one, please write the number and location ON THE HOBO in permanent marker

  • Make sure each Hobo stays in its assigned place

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Installing BoxCar Software

  • BoxCar software allows the programming and downloading of information from the Hobos

  • Installation is very simple: insert the CD-ROM and follow the instructions

  • If you have problems installing the software, let Amanda or Gary know and we’ll help you get it set up

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Launching Hobos

  • Every software package comes with a cable to connect to a serial COM port

  • If your computer does not have a serial port (new Macs, for example) let us know; we are trying to get adapters

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Choose “Logger”

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Choose “Logger”, “Launch”

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Enter interval—should be 30 mins.

Enter description (which Hobo where?)

Make sure this is not checked

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Hobo Readout

  • On the last business day of every month, the data from each Hobo should be read out and the Hobo re-launched

  • Data should be then deposited in the MUELMER folder

  • Kathy and admin accounts will collate this for us

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Choose “Readout”

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  • Save As file name protocol

    • Choose name of Hobo (Math, Ellis 3, etc.)

    • Add date of download using dashes and underlines

      Ex. Ellis_3_03-08-08

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Sending files “logs”folder in the Onset software folder on your C:drive in Programs

  • Please send excel export file to the Hobo folder

*If you can’t get in to the folder let Gary know

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Search under exact title: Hobo dataloggers


by record number .b62008390

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Remember: software

  • Name your files using the naming convention outlined here

  • Offload data from the Hobo dataloggers on the last business day of each month

  • Remember to launch the Hobo before you return it to its location

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Any questions or problems? software

Contact Amanda Sprochi, HSL

[email protected]



Gary Cox, Archives

[email protected]


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Thanks! software