Welcome Back! Spring 2017

From:     Cathy Michael, Communication and Legal Studies Librarian
Re:          Welcome Back!  Spring 2017

Dear Faculty:

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

NEW for Spring 2017:

  • ARGOS changes in Beta:  Take a look and provide feedback here.  ARGOS searches across our catalog and many of our databases.  It does not search EBSCO databases, however, so be sure to search them separately.
  • Zoom virtual meetings.  We can meet virtually online with IC’s new Zoom subscription.  Email me to set up a time.
  • Reference Hours modified:  Laura Kuo, Health Science Librarian, studied our Reference Statistics from last Fall.  As a result of this research, the Research Help Desk Hours, found at the bottom of the library’s website (“Ask a Librarian”) have been modified. Students can always email me for a research consultation session. Thank you for referring them to me.

LIBRARY INSTRUCTION
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.

Given the concern over “fake news”,  take a look at our guide on Evaluating Resources.  You can assign a quizz on this topic to reinforce the lesson to emphasize and develop critical thinking skills.  Evaluating Resources is a part of our Research 101 skills series.

My most recent guide is Writing for Film, TV and Emerging Media.  Feedback is welcome.

FY 16-17 BOOKS AND VIDEOS
As of today, I’m about 80% 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 FY17-18. Our budget deadline for spending is 100% by March. For a list of suggested titles or figures on funds remaining, contact me.

New Title Listhere is a monthly list of  all new book titles (all subject areas) that is always available on the library homepage.  On the Film tab of the library’s homepage is a link to new Films.  I can create lists of videos that may interest a certain class.

E-RESERVES
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  Shianne (Reserves Coordinator, 2nd shift), Ben (Access Services Manager) or Scott Fish (Multimedia Reserves).  Note that it takes 24 hours for materials placed on Reserves to appear in ARGOS.

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.

HELP!
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.

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