IC Library/Sakai Integration

From IC Library Director, Lis Chabot:

As part of an ongoing collaboration between the Library and the Division of Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) in DIIS, we are pleased to announce an initial phase of Library integration with Sakai.

All new Sakai course sites now automatically include a “Research Help” tab, which provides direct access to the following:

  • Argos, the Library’s main search interface
  • The Library’s Course and Subject guides
  • Research 101 guides and quizzes
  • Citation guides
  • Contact information

Having these features available within Sakai will encourage students’ use of these research support tools. Additionally, faculty will now have quick access to library resources as part of their course site. The Division of TLT and the Library will continue to work to expand the scope of the library’s integration into Sakai, with a specific goal of providing content targeted to individual course learning outcomes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ithaca Library: a new look for Argos

Argos is going through some changes. The Ithaca College Library will be making the new Argos interface available in beta during the Spring 2017 semester. We will switch to the new interface entirely during the summer of 2017.

“Beta” means that while the interface should function well, there may be periods of down time and there may be unexpected changes to the interface as we implement new features and fix bugs.

Take a look: https://ithacalibrary-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/search?vid=01ITHACACOL&lang=en_US

& Submit Feedback: https://library.ithaca.edu/forms/argos_feedback.php

Library News: Ebrary bookshelf is back!

In Fall of 2016, Ebrary became Ebook Central and in the process individual bookshelfs became inaccessible.    The vendor ProQuest finally finished a method that allows you to migrate the shelf on the old platform to the new  one.   If you had books on your shelf you’d like to move, here is how:

Library: Acquisitions and News, December 2016

Have a great Winter Break!  — Cathy

DIGITAL COMMONS (added 12/12/16)
I’d like to add your scholarship to our platform Digital Commons @ IC.   The platform will highlight your work & make it discoverable in Google.  If you are interested in this opportunity, send me an email of your publications to: cmichael@ithaca.edu

FY 16-17  June to December ACQUISITIONS
Attached is a list of titles ordered and received from 6/1/12 to present.

NEW ACQUISITIONS FY  June -Dec 2016 (click to open in Google Docs)

These are titles that have been ordered on the following funds: culture & communication, video funds, journalism, legal studies, IMC, CMD & TVR.  Some funds are posted as ebooks if an ebook is selected.

Please be sure to check the catalog for location and status (to see if it is not checked out).  New Books might be on the new books shelf as you enter the library, in the stacks, checked out, or at the binders.

New book titles (in general) can be browsed on the CATALOG tab of the  library’s homepage; you can also browse new films under the FILM tab.   I’ve been collecting films on the Oscar Shortlist.

Recommend a book or video purchase by emailing me.    I can create a list of titles on a particular subject for you.   Remember that our collection development policy stipulates that we do not purchase core texts assigned for classes.  Also, many more books are available in digital format; let me know if you prefer an e-book format. If you’ve published a book or chapter I would be interested in purchasing it for our collection.  Funds are about 60% spent; my goal is 75 % by February.

After analyzing cost-per-use data, the library will likely cancel the Film Scripts Online database.  Additionally, we will move Polling the Nations from 4 users to 1 user (corrected from reading 2 users 12/13/16).  If you have concerns, let me know.

JOURNAL UPDATE  (added 12/12/16)  
SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal has increased steeply for 2017: 156.5% price increase over last year.   This print title will, consequently, be cancelled.

Thanks for referring students to me for Research Consultations and inviting me to your classes.   I’m already booking classes for Spring 2017.  Let me know if you’d like a library research guide designed for your class or event.

You can check to see when the library is open over break by using our calendar.