Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Library Collections - Your Opinions Matter

As the liaison to English/FTS, I've been thinking about how best to make sure the library's collections are meeting your teaching and research needs.

Print books, e-books, online reference books, print reference books, article databases, full-text databases, print journals, e-journals, order on demand books, order on demand e-books,  books freely available on the Internet, films on dvds, streaming video,  the advent of e-book readers.....      All these options make us dizzy.

While I hope you feel comfortable contacting me with your collections needs, I thought an in-person conversation with the group would serve a purpose.  Sometimes "group think" yields important information.

Tony has kindly agreed to set aside @15 minutes or so during your dept. meeting on Monday, January 31st.   During our time together, I hope to learn:
  • what you’re happy with
  • what you’re not so crazy about
  • what you wish we would provide
  • your thoughts on various formats for books, journals, and films (print, online, dvd, streaming video)
This type of feedback is important to the library. With budgets being tight, we want to make sure we direct our collections budget to what really matters for our faculty and, consequently, to our students.
I won't be there to present, but to ask, listen, and record.  Of course, I’ll try to answer any questions you might have.  At the end, l hope you’ll have found this to be a useful exercise. See you on Monday!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Workshops, Workshops, and More Workshops!

Reminder about literary/film criticism workshops:
Literary Criticism Workshops in Spring 2011
Note: the first set is coming up soon - Tuesday, February 1st (Literature Resource Center, 4-5 and MLA International Bibliography, 5-6)

EndNote  (citation management software program)
Thursday, February 10 :   4-5 pm
Thursday, March 17 :  4-5 pm
Wednesday,  April 6 :  4:30 - 5:30 pm 
-- these are introductory workshops for students, faculty, and staff. Offered by Laurie Kutner, Bailey/Howe Reference Librarian (tel: 656-2213).
-- if your department would like to schedule your own EndNote workshop, Laurie would be pleased to do that.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Spotlight on the Collection (new!) - Masterplots

Well, Masterplots isn't actually new; it's been around since at least the 1950s. What is new is that we have the latest edition (4th, 2011) in print as well as complimentary online access [  Masterplots ].

A reminder that Masterplots provides plot summaries and critical analyses for major works worldwide in all genres -- long fiction, short fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction -- from all time periods. Each entry ends with a short but useful bibliography.
Access this resource from the Library website: