USA Today: The Wall: Unknown Stories, Unintended Consequences.

From USA Today:

USA TODAY NETWORK launched today “The Wall: Unknown Stories, Unintended Consequences.” This landmark multi-media report examines in unprecedented detail President Donald Trump’s signature campaign promise to build “a great wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border. It reveals the challenges and consequences, including a NETWORK investigation finding that building a wall in mostly wide-open Texas could require disrupting or seizing nearly 5,000 individual parcels of property.

Take a look at the multi-media report:



Shorenstein Center /Harvard: Report on Network Sunday Morning Talk Show Content and Ratings, Comparing 1983, 1999, and 2015

Access the report:

From the Executive Summary:

We studied the content and Nielsen ratings for interviews on the three network Sunday morning talk shows—Meet the Press (henceforth MTP), Face the Nation (FTN), and This Week (TW). We compared three time periods—1983 (MTP, FTN), 1999 (all three shows), and 2015 (all three shows). In order to insure apples-to-apples comparisons, for over time comparisons, we either restricted our analyses to MTP and FTN or analyzed the data with and without TW. For “overall” snapshots we included all three shows (MTP, FTN, TW).

Our goals were fourfold: (1) identify any discernible (sic) trends in the topics and types of guests featured on the Sunday talk shows, (2) identify any trends in audience ratings, (3) assess whether and to what extent trends in topics and guests correlate with audience ratings, and (4) assess whether, to what extent, and under what circumstances, the Sunday talk shows influence the subsequent news agenda.


Associated Press Stylebook & briefing on media law

We’ve had numerous questions asking for the 2017 AP Stylebook (Associated Press).  The library has it on standing order; this means we automatically are billed and shipped the new edition.  Due to the change in our library system, there are delays in processing books; I have inquired after the status of the 2017 edition.   Currently we have the 2016 edition in Reference.   We place the older edition in stacks (PN4783 .A83) when the new edition arrives.  Thank you for your patience.

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Library News: New ProQuest databases added

The following ProQuest databases are now available through the library website’s Databases page:

  • Biology Database
  • Computing Database
  • Family Health Database
  • Religion Database
  • Science Database
  • US Newsstream

US Newsstream contains the Ithaca Journal.  Here is a direct link to the Ithaca Journal: 

Welcome Back! Fall 2017

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

Dear Faculty:

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

IMPORTANT: please read

  • LIBRARY SYSTEM CHANGES: This summer the library has been working on replacing Voyager, the system that controls our inventory, ordering, and loans. Our current system will go down this Friday, August 11th.  Our go-live date for Alma, the new system, is August 24th. You may notice some small changes to Argos, the library’s search engine, but for the most part this change will be invisible to users. Be aware that there may be delays in processing and ordering items for the rest of August. Reserves may be processed more slowly than usual as we have to wait to get the new system up and running, and item statuses may not be correct (for example, items that appear to be in the library may in fact be checked out). We hope everything will be back to normal by the beginning of classes, but it is possible there will be some backlogs or other complications, so please bear with us while we complete the switch. If you have any questions about the change, how it might impact you, or have specific questions about ordering or reserves during this time, please email me.
  • ICSM Faculty:  If you are teaching an ICSM course this Fall I’m booking sessions.  Based on feedback from the ICSM workshop in May, all librarians will be teaching a standard program that focuses on library student learning objectives (SLOs) for search strategies.  We can add a second instruction session later in the semester for more in depth searching (open search session, researching for an assignment, etc.) I’ll send those of you on my list a separate email with additional details.

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.


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 (note: I had my first introduction to searching funds on the new system today– there may be some delays with that).

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.

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:  You can do it yourself, or, our Access Services Department can 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.

Need help? Here are some common Q&As that may assist you. Always feel free to contact me with questions:    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.

WEDNESDAY: Internet users & the biggest sites on the net are uniting to save #NetNeutrality


Library News: Gannett Newspapers database dropped; U.S. Newsstream added

We will have access to Gannett Newsstand (ProQuest) through NOVELNY until June 30, 2017.

We will have access to the Ithaca Journal and top newspapers via U.S. Newsstream on the ProQuest platform beginning August 1. You can read more about it here:

U.S. Newsstream will be added to the library’s database list starting August 1st.