IC Library News: Welcome Back! Fall 2015

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

Dear Faculty:

Here is the page listing our services “For Faculty”: http://ithacalibrary.com/services/faculty.php.   Please keep in touch and let me know your questions about anything, below.

NEW for Fall 2015:

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.


Instructional Videos
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.

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. 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.

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.

SOCIAL MEDIA:  keep connected and informed

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.