Welcome Back 2013!

From:   Cathy Michael, Communication and Legal Studies Librarian
Re:          Welcome Back 2013!

Dear Faculty:

Hope everyone had a restful summer.  Below is some of the regular information (collection development and instruction) and some new information (new procedure for e-reserves).   If you have any questions, let me know.

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!

Welcome to Ithaca College!  If you’re attending the New Faculty Orientation on Wednesday, August 21st, we’ll be able to briefly meet.  Lis Chabot, College Librarian, will have a presentation  & then we’ll discuss my Research Guides, Databases, etc.


  • ITS has installed eight new Mac Minis on the 2nd floor of the library; additionally, we circulate 2 iPads in the library & have a Digital Media Lab.  Take a look at our hardware and software page:  http://www.ithacalibrary.com/services/hardsoft.php
  • Library Print Management:  The library is expected to implement a GoPrint system over Fall Break as a pilot; data will be collected this year and ITS will set allowances in 2014.
  • Starting September 8, the Library will be open all night Sunday through Thursday.

The library uses Sakai for E-reserves.   Ben Hogben, Access Services Manager, put together a guide on Course Reserves in Sakai to get you started: http://www.ithacalibrary.com/sp/subjects/Sakai  You can do it yourself, or, our Access Services Department is happy to assist you.  If you have any questions, contact me or Ben Hogben.

Handy links:

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.


Instructional Videos
I am able to create short (5 minutes or less) instructional videos that can be embedded in Sakai.  If there is one you would like me to create for you on a specific research skill, just let me know.  I encourage all faculty to assign students of all levels our Plagiarism tutorial  that can be found on the Writing and Citing tab of the library’s homepage under guides.

Adobe Connect or Join.me
I can conduct an online training session in Adobe Connect for distance education or classes being taught online; Adobe Connect is available via ITS.  For one-on-one assistance, we can meet in free software called join.me which allows screen sharing.  I have run a meeting for ALA Connect yet have not tried doing this live.  Let me know how we can virtually collaborate.

Research Guides for Sakai or your course website:
One major project I worked on during the Summer of 2013 was revising my large subject guides.   Consider them starting places for a variety of topics.  The following guides can be inserted in your course web pages:

Those are the main subject guides.  Additional guides appear on the Research Guide section of the library’s homepage.  Here is a Complete List  of ones I’ve created.  All librarians modified them recently to include a Table of Contents, Contact information, and a Dashboard that includes our Article Quick Search.  Contact me if you would like a Research Guide for your class — this can be for a production class.  This can be done even if you do not have class time for a library instruction session.  Any feedback you provide is greatly appreciated!

Send me your orders for books and videos. Our budget dates for spending are:

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

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. You can even create a RSS feed to it. I like to look at the topical RSS feeds.    I’ll gather a spreadsheet of titles ordered by fund at the end of each semester or upon request.

On the Film tab of the library’s homepage is a button for new DVDs.  I can create lists of videos that may interest a certain class.  For instance, here is a list of videos for Prof. Sinclair’s class.  I’m happy to customize a DVD topic list for you.

Here are a few briefs:

  • Added: We now have access to the Ithaca Journal online via Gannett Newstand!
  • Swapped: We dropped MRI+ for Simmons OneView; access is limited to 5 simultaneous users
  • Cancelled:  Biography in Context and Marquis Who’s Who
  • Content change:  I just found out that Random House titles will be pulled from Ebrary.  See my message, below.


Free bibliographic management tool: Zotero
I’m a Zotero fan.  Here is a guide to Zotero  from my colleague, Ron Gilmour.

Book Delivery Service via ILL
Our Circulation services can deliver books held in the IC Library to your office. To use this service, sign into Interlibrary Loan (email user name & password — now called Netpass). Under “New Requests” to the left of the screen, click on “Campus Delivery.” Enter the book information — the call number from the library is helpful — and we’ll get the book(s) to you.

Keeping informed and connected
IC Library has its own Facebook page.
I’ve a profile in LinkedIn if you’d like to connect with me there.
I’m posting some news articles in my Twitter  account as well as Google+
Use a RSS feed to follow posts to this blog

Need help? Here are some common Q&As that may assist you. Always feel free to contact me with questions: cmichael@ithaca.edu

To check hours online, view this page.