About pgindlesperger@rollins.edu

Paul is the Digital Services Specialist and Webmaster for the Olin Library at Rollins College.

Library Hours During Exams

It’s almost that time of the year again!  Starting this weekend and lasting until May 9th, the Olin Library will be open 24 hours.  This means that all four floors will be open after midnight.  Access to the building after closing will be available to Rollins students and employees only via R-Card scanner, so be sure to have your ID handy.

  • Sunday, 4/23/2017 – Tuesday, 5/9/2017:  Building open 24 hours
  • Tuesday, 5/9/2017 – Thursday, 5/11/2017:  Library open until 12 midnight
  • Friday, 5/12/2017:  Library open normal Friday hours
  • Saturday, 5/13/2017 – Sunday, 5-14/2017:  Library closed for commencement

If you have any questions, you can visit our website, or contact us.

ProQuest Database Outage

Update:  ProQuest databases are available again as of 3/1/2017.  If you are still having trouble accessing them, you might need to clear your browser cache.

Due to a systemic outage of Amazon Web Services, all ProQuest databases are currently unavailable.  This outage affects on and off campus access to all ProQuest databases, including:

  • ABI/Inform
  • Historical Newspapers
  • Newsstand
  • PsycARTICLES
  • PsycINFO
  • Research Library

ProQuest does not have an estimate for how long this downtime will last, but they are updating their Twitter feed as they make progress on fixing the outage.  If you need research assistance, you can ask Your Librarian.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Olin System Downtime Feb 19th

We will be upgrading our proxy server this Sunday, February 19th.  This upgrade will temporarily make access to our databases unavailable.  We expect the window of downtime to be between 8am-12pm, but it might be longer if there are problems with the upgrade.

Users on campus can still access out databases during this maintenance window.  When clicking on the url of one of our resources, removing the proxy prefix (http://ezproxy.rollins.edu:2048/login?url=) should allow you to click straight through to the database.

If you have any questions or encounter any issues, you can e-mail us at askolinlibrary@rollins.edu.

ProQuest Maintenance Downtime

On Saturday, January 28th at 10:00 p.m. through Sunday, January 29th at 6:00 a.m., access to our ProQuest databases will be unavailable while the vendor performs routine maintenance.

Databases that will be affected by this downtime include:

  • ABI/Inform
  • Newsstand
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers
  • ProQuest Research Library

We apologize for any inconvenience.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask your librarian.

Network Outages During the Break

Per Pat’s e-mail yesterday, IT will be conducting maintenance during the break, which will temporarily affect access to some library resources.

Throughout the break:

  • Email and the library website will be available from off-campus the entire time – regardless of what is happening with the network.
  • If you are on-campus during the network outages, then you will not be able to access email or the website from your office, but they will still be functioning.

12/22/2016:

  • EZ-Proxy and this news blog will be down from 12 midnight-6:30am.
  • The entire campus network will be down from 10am to 3pm for upgrades.

12/23/2016:

  • IT will conduct a full disaster recovery test from 8am-12:30pm, which means the campus network will be up and down during this time frame. Please assume that you cannot access services during this time.

If you experience any problems over the break and need technical assistance, please contact the Help Desk. If the problem is not an emergency, leave a message via voice (407-628-6363) or email (helpdesk@rollins.edu). A technician will contact you by the next day.

If the problem is an emergency, please call the Help Desk (407-628-6363) and follow the prompts to report an emergency. Your call will be returned shortly.

Library Hours During the Holidays

President Cornwell announced the following, “The holiday break will begin after the Holiday Luncheon on Friday, December 16, and the College will reopen on January 2, 2017.”

This means that during the holiday break:

  • The main floor of the Olin Library is open 24/7 throughout the period.
  • The online collections of the library are available 24/7. We have continued to add more access to online journals, e-books, and online video. You can find it all here and here.
  • Access to all floors and regular library services are scheduled through noon on Friday 12/16/16 and resume at 7:45 a.m. on Monday 1/2/17. Details of our hours can be found here.

 

Interlibrary Loan Temporary Downtime

Our vendor will be performing an upgrade to our ILLiad hosted server scheduled between 2-4pm today, September 12, 2016.  However, this time frame is flexible and it could happen slightly outside of this time window.

The interlibrary loan website will be down during this time.

We anticipate that the system will be unavailable for 30 minutes or less.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

New Computers in the Library

This summer, IT has been upgrading the lab computers in the library.  The Teaching Lab and Reference Lab have both received new machines, but for the purposes of this post, I’ll be focusing on the Reference Lab (or as it is affectionately known to some, “The Amoeba.”)

Reference Lab

Reference Lab

The bank of computers in the lobby of the library is one of the busiest and most highly-used areas in the building.  It is a hub for research, printing, paper writing, and casual use by Rollins students, employees, and members of the community.  The lab as it existed until this summer was conceived during the 2012 2nd floor renovations.  The setup included large towers mounted underneath the computer tables.  These towers were ugly, and they often presented problems of function as well as form – users would bump their knees into the computer, or the mounts would frequently become loose and the tower would crash to the floor with a thunderous boom.  Thankfully, nobody was hurt, but heavy objects falling near people’s feet made us understandably nervous.

IT approached me last semester and offered a solution – new all-in-one computers that would mount directly to the monitor arms and wouldn’t require anything to be mounted beneath the table.  As an experiment, they set up a test machine outside of my office.  I casually

One of the new computers!

One of the new computers!

monitored usage of the computer, and saw that it was very popular with students, and that there weren’t any technical issues during this trial run.  After some discussion between the library and IT, the plan to update the lab was finalized.

A couple of weeks ago, IT was ready to install the new lab machines.  In addition to the initial planning and ordering of the new computers, the installation itself was a big effort – computers were unboxed and installed on monitor arms, old machines were disconnected and removed, and the old, problematic mounts were taken out from under the tables.  In the end, we have a lab that has faster computers with bigger monitors that both looks great and works better.

The library would like to thank Joe T. and Shaffaq from IT for their dedication and hard work in getting these set up for us (and for letting me play with power tools!).  If you’re on campus, feel free to take the new lab for a test drive and let us know what you think.

Rachel Walton Wins Award

Olin Digital Archivist Rachel Walton is the recipient of the Society of American Archivist’s Theodore Calvin Pease Award. Her paper “Looking for Answers: A Usability Study of Online Finding Aid Navigation,” which will be published in The American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2017),  “presents a usability study on the finding aid interface created by Princeton University Library and analyzed ten use cases to determine how users interact with a particular online finding aid system.” Read more about Rachel’s accomplishment at http://www2.archivists.org/node/20782#.V1huteS-M3l