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: https://libguides.ithaca.edu/c.php?g=843810&p=6030780
2.   Here is the page on How to Request items in reserve: https://libguides.ithaca.edu/c.php?g=843810&p=6444161

Video Instruction: Visually oriented? Watch this: https://vimeo.com/310797378 

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: bhogben@ithaca.edu

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: 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.


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: https://libguides.ithaca.edu/prf.php?account_id=93445

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: cmichael@ithaca.edu

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: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/177St5Y9dDyux93weq6sMloMJiPq_cym7R4bYUxRT8aU/edit?usp=sharing

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

Library Reserves through Leganto, Spring 2019

From IC Library Reserves Team to IC Faculty:

Dear Ithaca College Faculty,

Library staff is now accepting reserve requests for spring 2019. New this semester, reserve requests are submitted through the reading list tool Leganto. We’ll introduce you below, but you can also access the basics (with pictures!) on the library website at https://tinyurl.com/ydhwbpfg, or view more detailed information from IT at https://tinyurl.com/y8aeyb4h.

Leganto is an online application that supports the creation and management of course resource lists. Instructors can build, maintain, and share resource lists that include all material types; library staff can provide resources efficiently; and students can access all course materials in one place and from any device. It’s accessed through Sakai. For information on how it differs from Sakai, please see the additional resources on the library website, linked above.

Getting started in Leganto:

  1. Log into Sakai and select the relevant course
  2. Add the Leganto tool from Site Administration -> Manage Tools
  3. Launch Leganto from the left side bar
  4. Click “Press to continue to external tool”
  5. Enter the course dates and title; click “Create”
  6. Click “New Section” in the upper right-hand corner
  7. You can create as many as you need, but you must create at least one
  8. You can rename the sections and select dates for when they are visible to students
  9. Click the + button in the upper right-hand corner to find citations to add to your sections
  10. Search: add items from the library’s collection; if you aren’t sure, start here
  11. Create: add items that are not in the library’s collection
  12. My Collection: add items you have previously put here
  13. After selecting an item, choose the section you want to add it to, then click “Add”; its citation now shows up on your reading list
  14. To request that a citation be put on reserve by library staff, click “Send to Library” from the ellipsis menu on the right-hand side of the citation
  15. Citations sent to the library for processing show a status of “Sent”
  16. Citations for books that have been successfully put on reserve will display “Complete, Available at IC Library Circulation Desk Reserves”
  17. Citations for chapters or excerpts that have been successfully uploaded by library staff will display “Complete” with a download cloud icon
  18. When you’re ready for students to view the reading list, click “Publish” from the ellipsis menu in the upper left-hand corner of the site

A few notes:

  1. Searching for items in Leganto is limited; if you’re searching for something specific, it might be helpful to search for it through the library website: https://library.ithaca.edu
  2. After typing your item in the main search box, limit the results with the facets on the right-hand side of the page
  3. After finding your item and clicking it, add it to your reading list by clicking Leganto in the Send To section
  4. E-books
  5. Once you’ve added an e-book, click “View online” to see its availability
  6. If you see “Your institution has access to 1 copy of this book,” it is single use only and you might want to contact your subject librarian for alternatives, depending on how many students will need to access it
  7. Book chapters or excerpts
  8. To request that library staff upload a chapter or excerpt of a book in addition to putting the book on reserve, click “Add & edit” when adding the book’s citation to your reading list (in Leganto); in Resource Notes or another appropriate field, type the page range, section, or chapter you’d like us to upload; then “Send to Library”
  9. To request that we upload a chapter without putting the whole book on reserve, change the Type to Book Chapter and give it an appropriate title; then “Send to Library”
  10. Scores
  11. To request that library staff upload a selection from a score in addition to putting the whole score on reserve, click “Add & edit” when adding the score’s citation to your reading list; click “More item details”; type the pages or page range under Pages or another appropriate field; then “Send to Library”
  12. To request that we upload an excerpt without putting the whole score on reserve, change the Type to Document; click “More item details”; type the pages or page range under Pages or another appropriate field; then “Send to Library”
  13. Copyright reminder: we’re happy to upload chapters or excerpts for you, but to comply with copyright guidelines, uploads are limited to one chapter or less than 10% of each item, per semester

For questions about multimedia reserves, please contact Scott Fish, Multimedia Coordinator/Reserves & Digitization, at mmreserve@ithaca.edu.

For general reserve questions, please contact Shianne Beer, 2nd Shift Circulation/Reserves Coordinator, at reserve@ithaca.edu.

For questions regarding copyright permission, please contact Ben Hogben, Access Services Manager, at bhogben@ithaca.edu.

Warmest wishes for the holidays,

Shianne Beer, Scott Fish, Yue Hao, and Ben Hogben

Library News: Report of Acquisitions, Database update, & Happy Holidays!

Here is a list of titles received from 6/1/18 to present.


(Google Drive — let me know if you have trouble viewing it. I learned a new way to run the report Tuesday afternoon and revised the report from my post Tuesday morning).

REPORT OF EBOOK ACQUISITIONS (includes acquisitions from all subject areas)

These are titles that have been ordered on the following funds: communication studies, video funds: Communication Management and Design; Communication Studies; Documentary Studies &Production; Emerging Media; Integrated Marketing; Journalism; Legal studies; Sports Media; Television-Radio; Writing for Film TV Emerging Media & films.   Please be sure to check the catalog for location and status.  New Books might be on the new books shelf as you enter the library, in the stacks, checked out, or at the binders.

Thank you for your order recommendations.  You can order a book or video purchase by emailing me. If you’d like a list of potential titles for purchase on a particular subject, let me know.  Funds are currently about 75% spent.   They must be 100% spent by mid-March.

New book titles (in general) can always be browsed on the BOOKS tab of the  library’s homepage; you can also browse new films under the FILM tab.

I posted our Reserves Team’s email about Leganto my blog.

Thank you, too, for inviting me to your classes & referring students to me.  Here are all my Research Guides.  If you would like me to create one on a special topic or for your class, contact me.  It is never too early to schedule a class!

Database news:

  • The library’s web team is changing the Main page search (“Library Search” — formerly known as Argos) before the Spring semester.   They will remove the four scope choices (Everything, Library, Databases and Reserves); users will not have to pick a scope prior to searching.  This decision was made after the library’s web team studied how people conduct searches.  Please use the facets in the right menu to narrow searches.  Additionally, news searches will be factored out.  A video of changes is forthcoming and will be disseminated closer to the Spring semester.
  • SRDS will update its interface in January (prior post)
  • Simmons is to update its interface at some point; See my Media Planning guide for more information.

We started a chat service this past fall.  Click the Chat with Us button in the right part of the library’s homepage: https://library.ithaca.edu/    It is available during Research Help Desk Hours: https://library.ithaca.edu/services/reference.php   (coverage will change over break).

For fun: IC video of our Cornell Companion visit by a llama and 3 dogs: https://twitter.com/IthacaCollege/status/1074748083878158336   It was all arranged by Access Services Manager, Ben Hogben.
Hope everyone has a happy and healthy holiday!    To see our hours over break, click here for our calendar:  https://library.ithaca.edu/cal/ — you can scroll forward to January.  I plan to be out-of-the office from Friday, December 21st through Wednesday, January, 2nd. I may take off Thursday afternoon of the 20th.

SRDS will update its interface in January

Alert from SRDS:


Launching January 2019: A New Look for SRDS.com! We are excited to announce the redesign of the SRDS media planning platform! Next month, you’ll notice a significant update to the user experience on SRDS.

We are still your all-in-one resource with everything you need to identity, evaluate and connect with media owners. We will send you another note letting you know exactly when in January the new SRDS will be available, but in the meantime here’s what you can look forward to:

5 reasons you’ll love the new SRDS.com

Easier than ever to search over 100,000 media brands. Find, consider, and understand the best options for your media plan.

Streamlined search results make it easier and faster to find the essential media data you need to finish your plans.

Powerful new tools to evaluate digital media: search and filter digital media using Comscore audience and traffic data to quickly identify sites that match your campaign goals.

See all available classification and market selections in one easy-to-read window to quickly review and select your media evaluation criteria.

Media profiles have been streamlined to put the details you need at your fingertips, in a standardized, hassle-free environment. See what you want, hide what you don’t with easy-to-use collapsible sections.