About jxmiller

Director of the Olin Library

Find it, read it, leave it.

Jen with first book

Jen with first book

Our friend Jen Atwell has come up with a great idea to celebrate reading on campus. Based on similar campaigns in Washington DC and London, Jen thought why not on campus?

Calling it BookBooks at Rollins stickers at Rollins, once per month over the course of the Spring semester we will choose a book related to a campus event and leave ten copies of the book at random spots around campus. If you see one, pick it up and read a bit. Perhaps it grabs your attention, so take it with you to read. Once you are finished, leave it somewhere on campus for someone else to pick up and read.

But before you do, make sure you leave a photo on your favorite social network and use the hashtags #BooksatRollins and #RollinsCollege.

Copies of the first book, Dr. Martin Luther King’s Where Do We Go From Here, timed to coincide with the campus MLK Week events, are already out and about on campus.

Find it. Read it. Leave it.

Erin Gallagher Becomes Fiscal Agent for ICUF

Our own Erin Gallagheremgheadshot will take over as the Fiscal Agent for the Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida (ICUF) Libraries Group in 2017. ICUF-LG is a consortium of independent academic libraries that come together to save money on many of the library resources our students depend on for their research. As Fiscal Agent Erin will lead our negotiations with vendors, manage communication with member libraries, and our relationship with our partner libraries in the Florida state system.

Erin is, “pleased to work with this terrific group and I’m excited for our future possibilities.”

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.

Go Live!

We have migrated to the new R-Search and updated the library website so that you will now be searching our new “discovery layer” (think of this as Google for libraries, one search box that enables you to search all of the library’s collection both print and online.)

We are now in the crowd sourcing phase of the migration when you get to have your say. We are excited to hear what you think. Please send your feedback and your questions to askolinlibrary@rollins.edu or to Your Librarian. As always, we are committed to connecting you to the information you need so if you cannot get an article, a journal, a book, or any information source you need, make sure you contact us as soon as possible. We will get you what you need and record the issue involved so that we can fix it as soon as possible.

We know of certain classes of issues that we are currently working on. Expect to see these be solved in the days and weeks ahead. This list was reviewed at 4 p.m. Thursday 8/17/15.

  1. We have turned off One Click access to article full text so that you will see all the various ways of accessing full text in the embedded window.
  2. Boolean operators (and, or, not) are working in both basic and advanced search.
  3. We are not yet satisfied with how users are able to identify  books etc. not owned by Rollins and then request such titles via interlibrary loan (ILL.) In the interim we encourage users to expand their search (see this function in the left hand filters.) If the title is still not found, repeat your search in WorldCat and request via ILL from there.
  4. The new system accurately represents over 90% of the full text access we have to all the databases and journals we have licensed, as well as 100% of our local book, DVD and other material collections. While you can find art images from ArtStor and classical music performances from the Classical Music Library in the system, the contents of some of our non-textual databases ( Naxos and Mango Languages, IBISWorld, PsycTHERAPY and a few others) cannot be found in the system and most of the contents of a couple of our full text article databases (Lat-Am Studies Full Text Online and Asia Studies Humanities) can also not be found in the system. For these resources we encourage you to refer to our list of databases to search these databases individually. As noted above, let us know if you can’t access something.
  5. Over the summer we conducted usability testing to see if the user interface makes sense to you, our users, and we have made changes based on that testing. We will repeat the testing in the Spring semester to test those changes and other functions of the system. in the meantime we encourage you to contact us with feedback and suggestions.
  6. Mendeley users can export records from R-search to their Mendeley account using the RIS format.
  7.  E-mail notices alerting users that a hold is available or that they have cancelled a hold are working. We continue to review fine, and lost item e-mail notices. During this period, we will forgive all fees and fines incurred because of the lack of a notice.
  8. The e-mail notice of new books is also being reviewed. In the meantime book requestors are receiving a personalized notice from staff.
  9. We have begun importing the most current user information from Banner. If you see problems with your personal information, please let us know immediately.
  10. All links in our website have been updated to point to the new system. Librarians have been working on research guides over the summer and most are now up to date. If you find broken link, contact the librarian profiled on the guide.

Expect this list to change so check back frequently. As always, please contact us with questions and comments.

June 19 closure. Plan ahead.

On Friday June 19th the library will be closed for in-person services and the facility will be in 24 mode all day. What does this mean for you in practice?

  • The 1st, 3rd, and 4th floors will not be accessible, so most of the print collection will be unavailable.
  • The main floor will be available to all users with a valid Rollins ID card.
  • There will be no library staff working in the building on that day.
  • The IT Help Desk and instructional technologists will work as normal and be available.
  • The library website and all online resources will continue to function and be available as normal.
  • There will be no research help assistance by e-mail, chat, or phone.
  • No books or equipment may be checked out on 6/19, but items can be returned. No fines or fees will be assessed for that day.
  • Interlibrary loan requests may be placed during this period but will not be processed. Printed ILL items may be returned but will not be available for pickup.
  • Library services will end on Thursday 6/18 at 9 p.m. And most will resume again at 9 a.m. on Saturday 6/20.

This closure will enable the library staff to meet together for their annual retreat. This year we will be discussing communication and work styles, and continuing to develop our strategic plan.

Dr. MacKenzie Ryan Awarded First OER Grant

 MacKenzie Ryan, Assistant Professor in Art History, is the recipient of our first Open Education Resource (OER) Grant. Mackenzie will work with a team consisting of librarian, Jonathan Miller  instructional technologist, Amy Sugar, and James Zimmerman, Director of the Christian A. Johnson Institute for Effective Teaching to replace the traditional required texts in her course ARH205 Introduction to Global Art with OER materials. As MacKenzie wrote, “Fantastic news! … I look forward to working with you all and transforming Intro to Global Art.” The review committee was particularly struck by the variety of resources MacKenzie planned to use — texts, images, video, podcasts — from a wide variety of sources.

ARH205 is taught each fall semester so MacKenzie will work on this grant for three iterations of the course through the fall semester of 2017. The next OER grant will be awarded in the spring of 2016. Stay tuned for updates.