Welcome Back! Fall 2016

From:     Cathy Michael, Communication and Legal Studies Librarian
Re:          Welcome Back! Fall 2016

Dear Faculty:

Here is the page listing our services “For Faculty.”   Please keep in touch and let me know your questions about anything, below.

NEW for Fall 2016:

  • New Library URL.  Last Spring we moved to the college’s server (as last fall our web host proved unreliable).   Be sure to bookmark our website at: https://library.ithaca.edu/  (OK this isn’t new  — just reinforcing it).
  • Library Construction.  This summer we got a new roof and a new boiler for heat. I haven’t received an update but believe it is in its final stages.
  • Digital Commons @IC  The library has a digital commons that collects the scholarly and creative output of IC: http://digitalcommons.ithaca.edu/   Some libraries call the IRs or Institutional Repositories  I’ll send out more detailed information about it in the near future.   Our Archivist, Bridget Bower, is the project coordinator: https://library.ithaca.edu/services/staff/bbower
  • ARGOS:  This is the second Fall with our new search engine that searches across our catalog and most of our databases.  We now call it ARGOS.  It is that box in the center of the library’s homepage: http://library.ithaca.edu/
  • ARGOS indexes most of our databases but not those on the EBSCO platform. We’ve moved some indexes from EBSCO to ProQuest to increase the scope of content.  The following EBSCO databases have ceased:  Art Full Text; International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance; Music Index Online.  In their place we’ve added: Naxos Music Library World (Naxos) with 5 simultaneous users & ProQuest Arts Premium Package (ProQuest) (ARTBibliographies Modern’ Design and Applied Arts Index; International Bibliography of Art; Arts and Humanities Full Text; American Film Institute Catalog; FIAF Plus; Film Index International; International Index to Music Periodical Full Text; International Index to Performing Arts Full Text)
  • Mobile printing  We now have networked color printing. DIIS provides an app called Presto you’ll need for Android and Chrome: http://www.ithaca.edu/its/general/printmgmt/mobile/
  • Games.  The library now has board games that can be checked out.  The empty boxes are on display atop the Magazine rack.
  • Computers.   We have 10 new MacBooks and 21 Dells (10 are new) that you can check out at Circulation.
  • Blu Ray DVD drive.  The Circulation Desk checks out a lot of hardware.  This fall we’ll have a blu-ray drive.   A list of hardware and software available through the library can be found a the footer of the library’s website: https://library.ithaca.edu/services/hardsoft.php

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 Guides tab of the library’s homepage under Research 101 (right column).  I can post them to Kaltura, too.  I can also embed Lynda.com tutorials in my research guides.

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.

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. 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.