Friday, August 29, 2014

Update on Library Access from Off-Campus

The solution to fix the remote access problems with new student accounts was not successful.  Apparently our old computer system (Poise) is preventing our new students from accessing the system and overriding the changes we make in the new computer system (Jenzabar).  Breaking the link with Poise has turned out to be more difficult than anticipated.  The new solution posed by our computer center staff is to run a new update from Jenzabar each day early in the morning to reset everyone's account to allow access to the library resources.  This solution means that there may be time between midnight and 6:00 a.m. when you are not able to access the library resources from off-campus.  If you try again after 6:00 a.m, you should have access.

The BVU Library is open Saturday afternoon and Monday evening for the Labor Day weekend.  I will monitor the email address over the weekend and will attempt to help those who contact us.

I apologize for the technical difficulties we are experiencing and beg your continued patience as we try to find a permanent solution to rectify this situation.  If there are particular assignments that you are trying to complete and having difficulty because of sporadic access, please email

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Access to BVU Library from Off-Campus

A problem has been identified that is preventing any new students from logging in to the library resources from off-campus.  A fix for this problem will be put in place this evening and then we will test the fix in the morning to make sure that this solution really does indeed address the issue.  Thanks for your patience, and thank you for letting us know when you ran into problems!  We very quickly realized the scope of the issue when we had many people contacting us the first few days of classes to tell us they were unable to log in to the library.  Now that the problem has been identified and a potential solution put in place, we hope to have all new students up and researching to their heart's content very soon.

If you need immediate access, before the file is run, let us know.  It is possible to fix individual accounts "on the fly."  We just need your username. is your best address for letting us know.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

I'm posting this for use by the General Psychology class today, as they learn about different types of publications.  Thanks to NCSU Libraries.

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Database Use in 2013-2014

We just compiled the final statistics for database use for the last academic year.  A few of our databases do not let us track usage, but most of them do and we keep an eye on that throughout the year. Here are some interesting numbers for the FY 13-14.

Total database searches, July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 : 457,468
Most used database:  Academic Search Complete, 78,545 searches
Heaviest database use month: April 2014, 72,003 searches
Total full-text articles obtained: 103,588
Total e-book use: 5,537 titles
Total Films on Demand video views: 1,335

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.