Library News: Spring 2013

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From sources to services, here's our lineup for this semester:

Access Science: Newly designed and re-launched last year, this database now offers full text of the 11th edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.


Business Source Premier (and other EBSCO databases): Create a free account to save citations and organize in folders. You can also save searches and set up alerts when new information is published on your topic. 

Common Book Initiative: Library Director Joe Farara is once again serving on the selection committee, which is now in its seventh year.

Document Delivery: Interlibrary Loan Supervisor Alice Godin has been known to produce miracles, but it is best to request items from other libraries long before that paper is due. 

Exhibits: Lisa Kent (Registrar’s Office) has created a display honoring a famous Vermonter, Wilson A. "Snowflake" Bentley.

First Year Experience: The Willey Library staff plays a pivotal role in orienting new students to our sources and services.  We send out a strong message in First Year Seminars about how the library can contribute to student academic success.

Government Documents: JSC was designated a Federal Depository Library in 1955. Since 1980, Pam Gelineau has managed a mountain of government information published in print, microform, CD-ROM and now, on the Web.

H3LP: Our new chat system is available from the Ask a Librarian page. Access Services Librarian Jo Anne Edwards is coordinating the use of our new product.

Information Literacy Graduation Standard: See Faculty Services on our website to read about our plan for integrating information literacy throughout the curriculum. 

Journals: At last count, we have access to nearly 50,000 periodicals. Use Find Journals to locate titles that are in full text in our databases, in print in our library collection, or freely available through open access on the Web.

LibGuides: In 2012 we began using this Web-based system for creating pathfinders to our print and online resources which are located on our Guides and Help page. Instructional Services Librarian Linda Kramer wants to show you how these tools are indispensable time-savers for your research. 

Microforms: Older issues of periodicals and copies of government documents are still available in these formats.   Help is available for using the equipment to view and print copies from microfilm or microfiche.

New Books: Use the RSS feed on our website to keep abreast of new acquisitions.

Overdue Books: You will avoid fines and become a friend of the library if you renew materials in person, over the phone, or online.  Contact Circulation Supervisor Jeff Angione with questions. 

Pathfinders in Print: (See LibGuides)

QR Codes: Signage in the reference collection points to the Web-based counterpart for numerous resources. We have been experimenting with these codes to raise awareness of our extensive online resources.

Reference Collection:  The Willey Library is constantly adding new digital reference sources. Check out Credo Reference to search hundreds of outstanding titles from reputable publishers. Referred to as "the scholar's answer to Wikipedia," this collection also includes links to related library resources. 

Shift Happens: We are retiring many of our print sources in favor of electronic versions, and for the foreseeable future you’ll see Technical Services Librarian Ray Brior shifting shelves in the reference collection.  (See also QR Codes)

TILT: Thanks to assistance from Michael Braun Hamilton (CCV) and Amy Beattie (EDP Online Coordinator), an updated version of The Information Literacy Tutorial has been released this semester. (See Information Literacy Graduation Standard)

User Friendly: Make arrangements to meet with Willey Library staff members, your “personal trainers” who can offer expert assistance in using our wealth of information resources.

VSC Catalog: Library directors are working with a team of representatives from each college to select a new open source product. 

Wikipedia:  An article in the Los Angeles Times by the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, is subtitled “If Anyone Can Write and Edit Wikipedia, How Do We Know It’s Accurate?” (See also Reference Collection)

eXtras: Stop by the library during “crunch” time for a treat. 

Y: You’ll be asked to participate in an eBook survey at the beginning of the Spring semester. Please keep an eye out for the announcement.

Zotero:  Now that we have dropped RefWorks, you might want to consider this citation manager for collecting, organizing and citing your research.

Best wishes for a productive semester,

The JSC Willey Library Staff





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