What do you think of library services at Rollins?

Your opinion counts! Beginning October 17th, we will send emails to randomly-selected students, faculty, and staff providing a link to a library service quality survey called LibQual+. As we plan for the future of Olin Library, it is important that we understand the perceptions and expectations of our campus community so that we can provide the services and resources you need to be successful. By taking the time to respond to the survey, you will provide essential information for us. All respondents will receive a coupon for a drink from the Bookmark Café, and you will be entered in a drawing to win an exciting prize! We would greatly appreciate your help and we thank you in advance for your participation.

Get ready for our second annual Banned Books Read-Out!

Harry Potter…The Bluest Eye…The Holy Bible…Fun Home…  What do these books have in common?  They’ve all made the American Library Association’s list of frequently challenged books.  Chances are, many of your favorite books have made the list.  Banning and challenging books has a long and sordid history, and the practice continues today.  Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from the shelves of bookstores, libraries, and schools.  Don’t close the book on your freedom to read!  Fight censorship by reading from your favorite banned or challenged book during Rollins College’s second annual Banned Books Read-Out, Wednesday, September 28th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Olin Library front lawn.  You’ll get a voucher for a free coffee or tea from the Bookmark Cafe if you read, or just stop by and support others and enjoy lemonade, cookies, and pizza.  Visit Olin Library for more information on Banned Books Week 2016.  We’ll see you there!

The people have spoken! Thanks to your input, Olin Library now provides access to these exciting new databases:

In the past, the Internet was made from trees:  It’s a little-known fact, but people in olden times got much of their current information from print newspapers.  Since Al Gore invented the Internet, we can read these newspapers from the comforts of our own electronic devices.  Explore the African American Newspapers Series 1 for full-text access to primary source U.S. newspaper content that chronicles the African American experience from 1827-1998.  The collection includes a wealth of rare and historically significant newspapers related to cultural, literary, ethnic, social, and political history.

Opera: It’s more than just the toughest Jeopardy category:  Theatre and opera buffs rejoice!  You now have access to over 575 full-length, spectacular performances from the Metropolitan Opera on Demand, all available to live stream on or off campusFrom Carmen to Rigoletto, you’ll soon be enjoying these high-quality videos instead of going out for a night on the town.  It’s a lot cheaper than seeing live opera and theatre too!  But…support your local arts.

We’ve got Lynda!  And I don’t mean Ronstadt…:  I’m particularly excited to announce our access to Lynda.com, a leading online learning company that helps users learn business, software, technology, and creative skills through sophisticated online courses.  First-time users will need to sign up here with your Rollins.edu email address; from then on, sign in with your credentials here.  Want to learn more about big data management?  Photoshop?  Social Media Marketing?  Plump up your career preparation toolkit with Lynda.  She’s one snazzy lady.

Have any questions?  Contact Erin Gallagher, E-Resources & Serials Librarian at egallagher@rollins.edu or (407) 975-6431.

New trial databases, hot off the press!

Looking for something fun and different?  Give our new trial databases a spin; they’re available now through March 31st!

You can find links to our trials listed here.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think by filling out the feedback form located beneath the trial links.  Your input helps us to make decisions on which resources to acquire, so help us help you!

Enjoy these trials, and please contact Erin Gallagher with any questions or comments.

New collection of videos for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, our friends at Kanopy streaming video have created a collection of almost 200 critically acclaimed films celebrating the roles, achievements, and lives of African Americans in U.S. history.  You can access the collection here.  The collection will be available through the month of February, but you can access most of the films throughout the year.  Please enjoy these powerful films.

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.

Test drive our new trial databases!

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It’s that time of year again.  Spring Break, you may ask?  Yes, but it’s also time to trial a new set of databases that Olin Library is considering for purchase.  We have a terrific set of trials this spring, including primary source collections, streaming documentary films, electronic journals, and more.  You can find our list of trials here, and if you scroll down past the list, you will see our trial feedback form.  Please take a few moments to fill out the form each time you test a trial database.  Your feedback helps us decide which resources are most useful and desirable to our campus community.  All trials are set to run until March 31st, so happy exploring!

Tell us what you think of the Olin Library

Your opinion counts!  Beginning March 9th, we will send emails to randomly-selected students, faculty, and staff providing a link to a library service quality survey called LibQual+.  As we plan for the future of Olin Library, it is important that we understand the perceptions and expectations of our campus community so that we can provide the services and resources you need to be successful.  By taking the time to respond to the survey, you will provide essential information for us.  All respondents will receive a coupon for a drink from the Bookmark Café, and you will be entered in a drawing to win an exciting prize!  We would greatly appreciate your help and we thank you in advance for your participation.

Explore new databases from Olin Library

Thanks to your suggestions and valuable feedback, we have acquired four new exciting resources for your searching and viewing pleasure.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online: Need citation help? We now have access to this dynamic online reference manual including the full contents of the 15th and 16th editions of the Chicago Manual of Style online.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Defender (1910-1975): This rich newspaper archive offers primary source material essential to the study of American history and African-American culture, history, politics, and the arts. The Chicago Defender (1910-1975) was a leading African-American newspaper with a wide readership outside Chicago.

PsycTHERAPY: Hosted by the American Psychological Association, PsycTHERAPY contains videos featuring live therapy sessions and demonstrations of clinicians working with individuals, couples, and families on a variety of therapeutic topics.

SocINDEX with Full Text: Hosted by EBSCO, this is the world’s most comprehensive sociology research database, encompassing the broad spectrum of sociological study. Most articles are accessible in full text.

Students, faculty, and the entire Rollins community can find links to these new collections on our database list with descriptions, and they are searchable through R-Search. Happy researching!