September 1, 2010
Whether you live and work on campus or at a distance, several changes to both our physical space and virtual presence have been shaping up over the summer.
Most obvious is the remodeling of the 24-Hour Lounge, which is now outfitted with modular furniture, sixteen new PCs, adjustable window treatments, and ceiling fans for climate control. This newly designed space will be ideal for student study during and after regular library hours. On the library’s second floor, two office spaces are being converted to group study rooms that can be reserved at the Circulation Desk.
Off the Shelf
For student and faculty research, we have added several databases to shore up our reference collection, provide expanded scholarly journal access, and enhance the research process.
Credo Reference, an online resource of more than 500 books, is a collection of reference titles from authoritative publishers in the arts, sciences and social sciences. Librarians and teachers have declared it the scholar’s answer to Wikipedia, the source we know many students turn to when beginning a research project. Using the Credo Reference database, students can find overviews of a topic in specialized encyclopedias with links supplied to other relevant entries in the Credo collection. Topic pages support a modified “federated search” capability with the added value of linking to our VSC Library Catalog and several of our databases.
In response to faculty and student suggestions, we now subscribe to one of the many JSTOR journal collections. JSTOR, an acronym for “journal storage,” was developed as a means of archiving scholarly periodicals in electronic format. Publishers establish “moving walls” where the most recent issues of a journal (often the current three to five years) are not available electronically. The JSC Library offers the Arts and Sciences VII collection, which consists of almost 300 journals and is searchable on the Find Articles page of the Library website. These titles have been fully integrated in our journals management software and can be located via the Find Journals link as well. Good news is forecast for 2011 when some participating publishers will make available their current as well as historical coverage of journal titles.
Wanting to enable our students to track and cite their sources more efficiently, we also picked up a subscription to RefWorks, the well-known citation manager software. On the Writing/Literature/Style Guides page of our website, there is a link to the tutorials for creating an account to manage lists of sources for your research. Once set up, the account is yours to keep beyond the years you are affiliated with Johnson State College.
Please stop by the Reference Desk to inquire about using these and other library resources. We look forward to seeing you and answering your research questions.