Welcome Back! Spring 2015

From:     Cathy Michael, Communication and Legal Studies Librarian
Re:          Welcome Back!  Spring 2015

Dear Faculty:

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

NEW for Spring 2015:

  • Library Classroom, Room 319:   Our classroom is now available for information literacy instruction.  At the front of the room is an Eni board and projector (a smart board).  There are 5 tables that seat a maximum of 30 students.  At the end of each table are 2 screens for viewing.  Students can bring their laptops to plug in and share their screens, or, we have laptops at the Circulation Desk.  Let me know if you’d like a tour of the room & would like to book a session.
  • Pickup & Delivery:  After searching our catalog, click on the Pickup or Recall link in the right sidebar. If the item is not checked out, library staff will deliver it to IC faculty or staff offices Monday-Friday during regular business hours; please provide your department address in the web form comment field. If the item is checked out, users can click on the Recall option.  Students who click on the Pickup option will be notified via e-mail when those items are available. Print materials are held at the Circulation Desk and media items are held at the Multimedia Desk; items are held for 72 hours before being re-shelved.. This was recently posted on Intercom.
  • Wi-Fi update (last Fall): The library (in Gannett Center) had its Wi-Fi upgraded over Thanksgiving break.  Here is the the update from IC’s ITS
  • Color printing: Starting Jan. 20, color printing will be available for 30¢ per side


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.

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.

As of today, I’m about 90% spent on funds.  There is still money left for orders.  If there is a big ticket item, I’ll place it on a list for FY14-15. Our budget deadline for spending is 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.

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:
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.

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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.

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