From: Cathy Michael, Communication and Legal Studies Librarian
Re: Welcome Back! Fall 2014
I’m a bit late on this — it has been quite busy in the library already! Here are some updates along with some of the usual news. It was a pleasure to meet new faculty at the New Faculty Orientation last week; here is the page “For Faculty” that I highlighted: http://ithacalibrary.com/services/faculty.php. Keep in touch!
NEW for Fall 2014:
- Research 101: Find “Research 101” under the Research Guide tab of the library homepage. It includes guidance on: 1. Choosing a Topic, 2. Finding Articles, 3. Primary & Secondary Sources (plus “Test your knowledge”), 4. Scholarly, Trade, and Popular Journals (plus “Test your knowledge”), 5. Plagiarism (plus “Test your knowledge”), 6. Annotated Bibliographies, and 7. Literature Reviews. I’ll insert Research 101 into all my ICSM guides. You can link out to parts of it in Sakai.
- Our classroom 319 is still under construction. Until it is complete (about mid September), if you invite me for an instruction session I’ll come to your regular classroom.
- LexisNexis Academic enhanced their interface: http://wiki.lexisnexis.com/academic/index.php?title=August_11,_2014_Enhancement_Release
- ProQuest developed a new reader for its Ebrary platform that will be released September 1st
- The Library will have Print Release and Print Only stations to the right of the Circulation Desk. Here is information about printing, copying and scanning in the library: http://ithacalibrary.com/services/printing.php
- Microfilm has been moved to the 4th floor. The digital reader is still on the 2nd floor.
- The Library’s Cafe is run by Sodexo. Here is their Fall 2014 schedule: Library Café: Mon – Fri: 10:30am – 1:30pm
If you have not already, 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.
I am able to create short (5 minutes or less) instructional videos that can be embedded in Sakai. I encourage all faculty to assign students of all levels our Plagiarism tutorial that can be found on the Research Guide tab of the library’s homepage under Research 101 (right column).
Research Guides for Sakai or your course website
Here is a Complete List of the Guides I’ve created. Consider adding one to your Sakai page. 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.
FY 14-15 BOOKS AND VIDEOS
I’m working on spending our new budget. My first deadline is to be 25% spent by September 1st.
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. 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 Mass Media History and Animated Films. I’m happy to customize a DVD topic list for you.
The library uses Sakai for E-reserves. Ben Hogben, Access Services Manager, and our Director, Lis Chabot, put together a guide on “Sakai: Linking to Library Resources” 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.
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.
SOCIAL MEDIA: keep connected and informed
- I often post news articles to my Twitter
- You can also Connect to me in Google+
- IC Library has its own Facebook page.
- I’ve a profile in LinkedIn
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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