Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Copyright Clearance Guidance

As the semester approaches, you've probably been busy sending course reserve requests for books, books chapters, and articles to the library.  The library has recently contracted with the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) for an annual academic copyright license that is expansive and covers a large number of titles.  This helps the library manage the digital rights of library materials. If you have questions about this, please contact Paul Philbin, Director for Library Systems and Access Services (paul.philbin@uvm.edu / 656-1369). If you are interested in copyright issues in regard to  materials posted on your course Blackboard site, see Copyright at UVM » TEACH Act Information on the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) web site.

Looking Ahead to Fall 2012 - Teaching & Research Support

The fall semester is almost here! I hope you all have had a wonderful summer. While you're preparing your fall courses,  please let me know if there is anything I can do to support you and your students. I can do one or more of the following:
  • Design a web-based research guide customized for your course
  • Consult with you on a research assignment
  • Meet with students as a group (across Eng/FTS courses) outside of class, for workshops on using specific resources such as MLA Bibliography, Literature Resource Center, JSTOR, etc.
  • Meet with students individually for research assistance with a paper or project. Please encourage them to contact me directly
  • Design a web-based research guide for your course, visit your class briefly to introduce myself, and meet with students individually as necessary
  • Meet with your students as a group during class time (I need at least two weeks lead time for scheduling and class preparation)

I encourage you to include my name and contact information on your syllabi as the librarian for English and FTS, who looks forward to helping students with their research.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Libraries New Discovery Tool - CatQuest


In a previous post, I told you that the library was implementing a new discovery tool. Well, the library has unveiled  CatQuest,  a new discovery tool  for the Library Catalog and [most] of the libraries' electronic resources. As a reminder..... this tool provides an additional way to search for books, films, journal articles, newspaper articles, etc. provided by the UVM Libraries. Think of it like an academic Google  - and all that implies.

In the bar at the top of the Library home page, you'll see a link to this tool alongside the link to the "Classic Catalog," which is the library catalog interface you're accustomed to. CatQuest is also found on the Library's home page, as the search box at the top right of the screen.

The Library Catalog and the individual databases are not going to disappear. You will continue to have access to these resources in the traditional way. This is important, because CatQuest does not provide searchable access to many of the resources you frequently search for and expect to locate. For example, CatQuest will locate journal articles that are found in  MLA International Bibliography, but not books or book chapters.

If you wish to search the Library Catalog, using the CatQuest search engine, simply select  "Library Catalog" from the pull-down menu. Using the Advanced Search mode to search the Library Catalog may be more efficient.

While you are working on your own research or preparing for your courses, I invite you to "kick the tires" by replicating your favorite searches in this tool and comparing the search results with the ones from your frequently used databases.  Your feedback about functionality as well as content continues to be very important. Feel free to call or e-mail me.  I would also be happy to answer-or get an answer to-any questions you might have. If you would like some one-on-one help with this tool, please let me know and we will set up an appointment. If several of you would like a group introduction, I'd be happy to do that as well.

Printing and Scanning in the Library - New Developments

In case you didn't see the message about the library's printers and scanners under "Spotlight" on the Library home page......

PRINTING and  PHOTOCOPYING

Printers and photocopiers in Bailey/Howe Library will  no longer accept cash for transactions. Cat$cratch is the only option - using your UVM ID or a separate Cat$cratch card.

You may  purchase a separate Cat$cratch card in the library. The Cat$cratch machine in the lobby can dispense cards in $1.00 allotments. When you purchase the card for $1.00, you automatically receive a dollar's worth of printing and photocopying. Once you have the card, you can use the same machine to add money to this card when necessary. You can also add money to your UVM ID using the same Cat$cratch machine.

The cost of print copies has been reduced to 5 cents/page  for black/white, while the cost for color copies remains at 25 cents/page.

SCANNING

Scanning services, in b/w and color, are now offered free of charge at machines on the first and second floors of Bailey/Howe.  You may scan to your e-mail account or scan to a USB flash drive.