Welcome Back! Fall 2018

From:     Cathy Michael, Communication and Legal Studies Librarian
Re:          Welcome Back!  Fall 2018

Dear Faculty:   Here are some updates along with some of the usual news:

My Office: has moved.  I now have a window seat behind the Research Help Desk — feel free to walk back and drop in if you’re in the library!

Research Guides for Sakai or your course website Starting Friday, August 17th our research guides are moving from SubjectsPlust to a LibGuide platform; librarians have been re-creating our guides over the summer.  Guides I’ve not updated yet will not be accessible.  If you are referring to a library guide in Sakai and want to be sure the link works, let me know.  

Library Website Changes: The main page search engine is no longer called ARGOS but is called Library Search.  If you search from the front page, when you click on the search button you can choose the scope:  Everything (catalog + databases); Library (our library catalog);  Databases (most of our library’s databases minus the catalog); Reserves (items on Reserve). The Citation Help has been included in a broader Help page at the upper right of the screen. The library’s web team sent out this flyer describing changes.

LegantoAn Announcement has been posted to Intercom about Leganto. “Ex Libris Leganto is an online tool that enables the instructor to easily create, maintain, evaluate and share course resource lists.” I’ve not worked with it but will have a training session in the future.

Reference Desk Hours.  Reference has been experimenting with new staffing models resulting in a reduction to our evening shift coverage and  a change virtual reference shifts on Saturdays. Librarians will only staff until 6 pm and student assistants from 6 to 9 pm.  To be sure we connect, our profile pages have an “Email Me” and a “Meet” option.  Email is just that; the “Meet” option opens up a scheduling formKnow that I can meet with anyone virtually via Zoom.

ICSM Faculty:  Abby Juda is centralizing our ICSM class visits; if you are teaching an ICSM please use this form to book a session; it can be anytime during the semester.  We have made small modifications to the program and plan to move to pre-test / post-test format for assessment.

Other Library Instruction: Book a library instruction session for your class. Instruction sessions can be arranged at any time over the course of the semester; they are most effective after students have research topics. I can demonstrate our databases and search techniques and / or have a research session where I’m available to answer specific research questions. The format is flexible and can include a hands-on assignment.  The duration is also flexible — I’ve visited classes  ranging from 15 minutes to 90 minutes. There are two ways to accomplish this: 1) send me an email with the where and when of the class visit along, or 2) fill out the following form: Request for Library Instruction.


  • LexisNexis Academic is now Nexis Uni.
  • Simmons Insights will eventually replace Simmons OneView. Corporate clients are already using it, but the older data that universities purchase has not been ingested into it yet. The latest update available to our representative is that academic clients will migrate to the new platform before the end of the calendar year, preferably before the end of this Summer/Fall semesters begin.

Our budget dates for spending are:

  • 25% by Sept 1
  • 50% by Nov 1
  • 75% by Feb 1
  • 100% by March 15th

For a list of suggested titles or figures on funds remaining, contact me.

New Title List: here is a monthly list of  all new book titles (all subject areas) that is always available on the library homepage.  If you like to browse new books by subject try this list.  On the Film tab of the library’s homepage is a link to new Films.

Handy links:
Reserves   Use this page to place all types of media on Reserves (audio,  journal articles and book chapters, book or score, and video clips).
Multimedia Request   If you would like to show a library video on a particular date, use this form to book a film for class.

Need help? Here are some common Q&As that may assist you. Always feel free to contact me with questions: cmichael@ithaca.edu    I’m in the second cubicle to the right as you enter the library.  My phone number is: 4-1293.  Stop by if you’re in the library.

To check hours online, view this page.

IC Library Doc: The Great White Hoax

If you’ve not seen it, check out The Great White Hoax @ithacalibrary (DVD 11159).   Here is the publisher’s description:

“The Great White Hoax, featuring acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores how American political leaders of both parties have been tapping into white anxiety, stoking white grievance, and scapegoating people of color for decades to divide and conquer working class voters and shore up political support. The film’s primary focus is Donald Trump’s race-baiting 2016 campaign for the presidency. But it widens its scope to show how Trump’s charged rhetoric about African-Americans, Latinos, and Muslims fits within a longstanding historical pattern, offering a stunning survey of how racism and racial scapegoating have shaped American politics for centuries. The Great White Hoax is an ideal resource for courses that look at race relations, white privilege, the intersectionality of race, class, and gender identities, presidential politics, and political propaganda”