Plan Ahead for Winter Break

Some faculty and graduate students look forward to the Winter Break as an opportunity to take some precious time to concentrate on their own research. If you are planning on working during this period and need to use interlibrary loan (ILL) services, or may want to check books out from Olin Library, there are a couple of things you need to be aware of. There will be no access to the general collection on the 3rd and 4th floors and no Olin Library ILL staff working from noon on Friday 12/18/15 until 7:45 a.m. on Monday 1/4/16. This means no books can be checked out and no mediated ILL requests will be placed, no items returned, and no returnable items (like books) processed during this period. Also, while some larger libraries continue ILL service during the winter break, many do not. So that even if you place an unmediated request for an article, for instance, it may not be processed at the lending library. Plan on taking some time during the Thanksgiving break to check out books and place those ILL requests for materials you plan on needing during the winter break. This should give plenty of time for us to receive them in time for you to take them with you over the winter break. If any should have a due date when we are closed, don’t worry – just return them on 1/4 and we will take the flak, pay any fines, etc.

Some readers may remember that we added extra hours as a pilot during winter break of 2014-15. We reviewed the results of that pilot and discussed the issue of whether we needed to be open during winter break with the Library Advisory Council. Their recommendation was that we do not, but that we should give faculty and students plenty of warning so that they could plan ahead.

Test Drive our new Trial Databases!

It’s that time of year again. Sweaters? Cooler weather? Pumpkin-flavored everything? Yes, but it’s also time for our fall database trials. This time around, we have a diverse collection of resources ready for you to test drive. The trial database page is located here, with links to each individual resource. Our trials run through the month of October. Your feedback helps us to make the best decisions on what we purchase for your teaching and learning success, so please fill out the feedback form located below the trial links. Happy test driving!
Roper Center: The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is one of the world’s leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from public opinion surveys.
Statista: Statista presents information with over one million statistics, 15,000 third party studies, 1,500 dossiers and industry reports, 40,000 forecasts, and numerous infographics.
Bridgeman Education Images: Offers over 800,000 digital images of art, history and culture from global museums, galleries, private collections and contemporary artists all copyright cleared for educational use.
• Library and Consortia Research Collection: This suite of collections gives access to six databases: American Library Directory, Fulltext Sources Online, Literary Market Place, International Literary Market Place, Faulkner Security Management Practices, and Faulkner Advisory for Information Technology Studies (FAITS) online reports which help IT and business students prepare for class discussion, internships as well as providing an excellent resource to prepare for job interviews.
African American Communities: This collection presents multiple aspects of the African American community through personal diaries and scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records and in-depth oral histories, revealing the prevalent challenges of racism, discrimination and integration, and a unique African American culture and identity.