Monday, December 12, 2011

Spring Semester - 2012

Happy Holidays to you all! All my best wishes for a wonderful New Year.

Before our winter break, I wanted to touch base with you about a couple of things.

Improved Access to UVM Libraries Collections

Library staff are working hard to improve access to our collections. During the spring we hope to make available a beta site for an improved Library Catalog interface. We will ask all of you to "kick the tires" on the new interface, letting us know what you like, don't like, and would like to see.

We are also working hard to make that button work better (or, actually work!), with a new product. That will be available for testing as well.

As you begin/continue your course preparation for the spring, remember the library. In addition to meeting with your classes for research instruction, I will:

  • prepare a web-based library research guide customized to your course
  • provide feedback on an assignment (or assignments) that will require scholarly research
  • facilitate  the purchase of library materials to support your course (and your own individual research)
  • meet with your students one-on-one for a research consultation*
  • visit your class for 5-10 minutes to introduce myself and the library. Students often feel more comfortable making an appointment with me or seeking assistance at the reference desk if they can attach a face to a name
*I will meet with any student taking an English/FTS class, whether or not they are English/FTS  majors.

Feel free to include my name and contact information on syllabi and Blackboard sites.

I hope to see you and/or your students in the spring.

New! Database Trial of Interest - International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance

Yes, the International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance really might be of interest to you and your students.

I know all of you are incredibly busy right now, but I'd like to alert you to a resource that the library is considering. I hope you have some time during the break to give it a "test drive."

International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance:  the UVM Libraries currently has trial access to this core research resource for theatre, dance, and performing arts. Date coverage extends back to the early 1900s for some publications.  It has
  • More than 60,000 journal articles, books, book articles and dissertation abstracts
  • Full text for more than 500 total titles, including books and journals
Topics relevant to English/FTS folk include: mysteries & miracle plays, African drama, motion picture direction and production, documentary films and filmmakers, amongst others.

How to Access:
from the Library's Database Trials page
On-campus, or from off-campus, through the VPN client )

The trial runs through January 2012.
We'd love your feedback. Submit your comments to me or through the online feedback form found on the database trials page.