Cathy: Virtual Reference Saturday, TODAY from 2-6 pm

Good morning:

I’ll be answering questions from home (virtual reference) on Saturday, April 6th (TODAY!) from 2-6 pm (email, chat, or Zoom). I’ll be monitoring the account so you can use that account rather than my email. It is best for longer research questions.

Access the chat box in the right tab of the library’s homepage: It is best for quick questions.

You can use this form to set up an appointment with me anytime




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Welcome Back! Spring 2019

From:     Cathy Michael, Communication and Legal Studies Librarian
Re:          Welcome Back!  Spring 2019

Dear Faculty:

Here are some updates along with some of the usual news.  If you rather watch a short video, I just posted one to YouTube.  It outlines changes to our Library Search as well as information about Leganto.

The library moved to a new Reserve system called Leganto.  It works between the library’s catalog and Sakai.  First, you must activate Leganto for your course in Sakai:

1.   If you scroll down on this page, there are instruction on how to set it up:
2.   Here is the page on How to Request items in reserve:

Video Instruction: Visually oriented? Watch this: 

You can access the Leganto Guide by going to the Guides tab of the library’s website and searching Leganto.  It includes step-by-step instructions with screen captures. Check the Leganto guide and if you still have questions Ben Hogben is willing to meet with faculty in your offices if he is free, contact him:

Our library’s homepage search no longer has drop-down scopes. After you run a search use the right menu (“Tweak my results”) to refine it.  If you want to find books and videos held by the library, click “Library Catalog” in the right menu under Availability:


The Search boxes on the Books, Music, Film, and Reserves pages still auto-filter results as appropriate.

There is no longer an FAQ link in the site footer.  Go to the help page in the upper right of the website and use the Find Answers search box.

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. Just email me or you can fill out this form.

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 still slowly moving over the guides from our old to our new platform.

HELP!  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.

Updated: Cathy’s general schedule for Spring 2019, a commuter’s plan

We hashed out our desk shifts yesterday and I updated my profile with them:

Desk Shifts:
Tuesday: 1-3 pm
Wednesday: 1-2 pm
Thursday: 4-6 pm
Friday:12-1 pm
If I’m visiting a class, the shifts may change.  It is always good to email me for an appointment:

TCAT just issued their new schedules for  Winter & Spring 2019, too.

Arriving: I take the 6:30 am bus from Main Street in my village that connects to the 7:08 from Green Street, Ithaca and arrive in the Library M,Tu,Wed, & Fridays by 7:30 am.  Departing: On M-W-F I’ll leave about 3:15 pm to catch the 3:52 pm bus home (I tend to walk down to Seneca Street for exercise but sometimes catch a lift).

On Tuesday I plan to work from 7:30 am to 4  or 4:30 pm.  I carpool home & my departure is flexible.

On Thursday my plan is to take the 8:20 am bus that arrives on Green Street by 8:43 am. From there I can take a 9:08 bus to the College, arriving at 9:20 am.  Or, if the weather is good, I’ll just walk up the hill — that takes me about 30 minutes so I’d arrive by foot about 9:15 am.  So, approximately 9:30 am to 6 pm but sometimes earlier. I carpool home.

In a nutshell:
MWF  7:30 to 3:15 pm
Tuesday: 7:30- 4 or 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:15 or 9:30-6 pm (may arrive sooner)

If I’m visiting a class or attending an event before or after the above, I’ll come in early or leave later.

I’ll be working a virtual reference shift on April 6th and April 13th from 2-6 pm.  This means I’ll not be in the library but will be able to answer any questions using our Chat or email services.  I’ll also be on the Research Help Desk on Sunday, April 14th from 2-6 pm.  I’ll post a reminder as the day nears.

Each semester I recalculate my week based on my desk shift and the bus schedule.  Taking the bus makes sense as there is a stop near my home.  It adds to my day but is part of my commitment to sustainability.   I can always adjust my schedule for events and meetings.  If I stay late on a M-W-F I can drive in.  If I stay late on Tuesday-Thursday my carpool is typically willing to wait for me!


Please consider using these DVDs in your classes

To: Faculty in Com Studies, Journalism, Legal Studies,  Sports Media & TVR
In Re: List of DVD to review for removal
Date:  December 19, 2018

Faculty: I was sent a spreadsheet films that have not been used in our collection. They cover children and the media, independent media, legal studies, criminology, pioneers of television and film, etc. Reviewing them myself, they all look significant to me! I want to share this list with you to bring these titles to your attention — and to the fact that I am periodically asked to review films that are not circulating enough. There is an Excel version, attached; here is a Google Docs version:

If you need additional information on any of the titles, let me know. Your feedback is appreciated.