Monday, July 21, 2014

ValueLine updates

Value Line, a database that allows you to check out corporate stock information, has updated their search interface.  They've also put out some helpful videos to help library users understand how to get the information they want most efficiently.  I found the Basic Navigation video helpful.  If you need the more advanced features that Value Line offers, there are other videos available.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Favorite "cult" novels

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on those books you've been meaning to read if you only had the time.  If you are lucky enough to enjoy a break from classes at the moment, consider choosing a few titles from this list of Fifty Essential Cult Novels.

What are "cult novels"?  Emily Temple writes on Flavorwire, " Any book with a squadron of rabid fans swearing that it changed their lives quickly seems cultish. Cult novels often come from the fringes, they often represent countercultural perspectives, they often experiment with form."

What titles would YOU add to the list that have changed your life?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Database changes

We have changed suppliers for some of our databases.  This was a financially-driven decision as both companies (Ebsco, that supplied these databases for years and ProQuest, a competitor of theirs) were offering the exact same information from a third party, but had the databases priced differently.  This year, ProQuest offered the better deal so we changed the following databases:  PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES (both from the American Psychological Association) and Philosopher's Index.(published by the Philosopher's Information Center).

What does this mean to you?

The search screens are slightly different than what you may be used to.  The biggest change for me is that the options to narrow your search are on the right side of the screen instead of the left side.

When you click on "Search for Fulltext" there is an intermediate pop-up screen that you need to click again to see if fulltext is available in the BVU Library.  You can also use this intermediate pop-up to click to go to an interlibrary loan form if you've discovered that fulltext is not available for that journal.

The biggest change may be that you will no longer be able to search a psychology database and an education or general database simultaneously.  Only databases from the same vendor may be searched simultaneously at this time.  Because educators and education students often need cross-disciplinary information from both the education and the psychology journals, you will now need to search the psychology databases separately from the other discipline's databases. 

As we become more familiar with the new ProQuest databases, we'll post additional information here to inform everyone.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

We've been a little short-staffed this week.  We had one librarian retire on June 30, another is on vacation, and a third staff member is home recovering from a broken leg.  This is just a temporary dip in the usual census.  We should be back to full strength in August.  Meanwhile, to fill the void, we have a special visitor today who will be hanging out at the library while she awaits her first vet appointment this afternoon.  Meet Hermione!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Some e-journals unavailable this weekend

Taylor & Francis Online will be unavailable for a period of two hours this weekend due to scheduled database maintenance. This will take place on Saturday, June 21 from approximately 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  This down-time should only limit access to e-journals available from Taylor & Francis Online.  Access should be restored to all e-journals after that time.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Summer at the Library

You'd think the library would be quieter in the summer and it is.  We have graduate students on campus and they come in after class each day at around 3:30 or 4:00 p.m. and work until we close at 6:00, but otherwise we see very few students.  The group study rooms stand empty, there are fewer books to shelve, and less garbage in our trash cans.  Ah, summer!

But we have lots going on!  We are working with our friends in University & Marketing Communications to update our web pages.  This is new blogging software that I am trying out.  Whoo-hoo!  I am also working on compiling a list of material to support our first-year students reading They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky. 
I hope to start the book myself this weekend.

We are also planning to work closely with some sections of University Seminar next fall, and we are in the planning stages for that pilot program.

We've been tying up loose ends as the fiscal year concludes, which also coincides with Margaret Stangohr's last day.  Margaret will be retiring after 18 years at BVU on June 30.  We've hired someone to assume the position on August 1, so I am hopeful that I can get through July relatively unscathed.

Enjoy your summer, and read something just for fun.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ebsco schedules down time, Friday, May 30

Ebsco is scheduling network upgrades on Friday evening, May 30 between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.  EBSCOhost databases and services may be intermittently unavailable during this two-hour service window.