Library Gazette

During January 2006...

Should Faculty Have Limits on Check-Outs?

Monday, January 30, 2006 1:16 pm

The College’s Library Planning Committee has recommended several changes to Library circulation policy, including a check-out limit of 50 books at a time per person.

The rationale for the change is that books kept out for prolonged periods are unavailable to other faculty and students. Currently, 52 library users have more than 50 items checked out, 14 users have more than 100 items checked out, and one individual has 493 items.

The Committee also raised the issue of long-overdue DVDs, a problem exacerbated by the absence of fines. As an alternative to fines, the Committee recommended prohibiting further DVD check-out to those with overdue DVDs and limiting faculty to 5 DVDs at a time (student limit is 3).

If you have feedback on any of these policy recommendations, please contact Lynn Sutton.

Do No Evil with Google Scholar

Saturday, January 28, 2006 1:18 pm

Google’s launch of the Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com) service generated a lot of buzz – most of it negative – in the library and academic communities. Journals, listservs, and conferences echoed the cries that a FREE search engine would never equal our more complicated (and expensive) databases in scholarliness or usefulness. Now that 18 months have passed, we can perhaps more objectively evaluate where this service fits for faculty within the arsenal of research tools.

What is Google Scholar?

In its own words, Google Scholar allows you to search “peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.” Essentially, Google Scholar uses indexes, abstracts, and even the full text of items that are freely available on the web. It also includes publishers’ indexes of journals, open repositories of articles, and other sources while eliminating most popular or commercial content. Results may be a book citation, an abstract on a publisher’s website, or a link to a full-text PDF.

The usefulness of Google Scholar depends to some degree on the topics being searched. Scientific and technological information is represented more thoroughly than the Humanities. LIB100 students have been evaluating Google Scholar in class and, not surprisingly, some love it and some are disappointed. They have noted that while it can lead you to good citations, they often have to go into our databases or catalog to find the full-text. Frequently the Google Scholar link leads to the publisher’s site where a fee is charged for the full text. In many of these cases, a quick search on the library’s journal page will deliver the same content for free.

Recently Google added two new features for linking from Google Scholar to licensed content at libraries. The first development is the ability for libraries to set up their OpenURL link resolvers (e.g., WFU Full Text Options) to work with Google Scholar. To take advantage of this feature, you may need to choose “Wake Forest University Libraries” in the “Library links” section of Google Scholar’s preferences page.

The second interesting new feature is the “Library Search” link at the bottom of each book citation in your results. This link connects to OCLC’s Open WorldCat database, a freely available version WorldCat that is indexed in Google. Open WorldCat detects your IP address and gives you library-sensitive links including a Catalog Search, Ask a Librarian, and a link to FirstSearch. For example, the first hit in a search for The Democratization of American Christianity includes a Library Search link that leads you to ZSR’s record for the book.

In summary, Google Scholar can be a powerful tool for locating resources and for linking you to our full-text databases. As with any tool, it is only part of the research picture and should be used with a critical eye and always be supplemented with other research! We caution all our users never to pay for an article you find through Google Scholar without checking with us first for possible free access.

Check Out Our New Electronic Resources!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 1:19 pm

New in 2005! ZSR Library has licensed a vast array of digital content, from classical music to psychology journals to multidisciplinary content from the eighteenth century.

Classical Music Library is our first foray into the realm of licensed streaming music. Over 49,000 tracks are included representing all eras and genres of classical music. More tracks are added periodically. Users can create their own customized playlists, or choose from many themed playlists compiled by the publisher. Additional tools are available for incorporating music into the classroom. We’ve purchased a license for 3 simultaneous users. We’ll be monitoring usage to see if additional users are necessary.

CAMIO – Catalog of Art Museum Images Online consists of over 100,000 images from various museums and collections around the world. These primary source images are available for use by faculty and students in projects, lectures and presentations. Not limited to paintings or sculpture, CAMIO also includes costumes, decorative objects, architecture and photographs. Additionally, this collection has cross-disciplinary applications for history, anthropology, sociology, music, theatre, literature, and communication. Take some time to explore CAMIO and see what it has to offer! Need journalistic photos as well? Try Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online contains almost 150,000 texts published in England or in English between 1701 and 1800. This set replaces our microfilm collection The Eighteenth Century. Eventually the entire collection will also be full-text searchable. Try the “fuzzy search” feature to account for spelling variations. You can also limit your search to a broad category such as Religion or Social Sciences. Soon we will add records for each text in the collection to our online catalog. Can’t have too many primary sources? Also consider Early English Books Online (1475-1700) and Early American Imprints, Series I. Evans (1639-1800).

ZSR is also investing more heavily in online encyclopedias. One significant addition in December was the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Its 4000 articles look at the social sciences with the widest possible lens. Our online edition corresponds to the 26-volume printed edition. Unlike the print edition, however, it will be regularly updated.

PsycARTICLES is one of several new collections of electronic journals. PsycARTICLES includes the full text of journals published by the American Psychological Association and a few others. If you perform database searches in PsycINFO, links to PsycARTICLES content are seamlessly included. As with all other e-journal packages, individual titles are listed in our journals database and in the online catalog.

We’ve also added over 1000 audiobooks from NetLibrary. Each title is listed in our online catalog. Need help getting audiobooks to work? Read our FAQ.

That’s not all! See the complete list of recent electronic additions and changes.

President Hatch in the Library Lecture Series

Sunday, January 22, 2006 1:20 pm

President Nathan O. Hatch will give a presentation on his book Democratization of American Christianity on March 14th in the Library.

Join the crowd at other scheduled talks or volunteer to do one yourself! More…

Check It Out Now!

Friday, January 20, 2006 1:21 pm

Digital Video Camera Reservation Loan Program

In response to requests from faculty, ZSR‘s Information Technology Center has purchased a new Canon Elura 85 mini DV camcorder. It will be available by reservation to faculty only, in an effort to improve the ability to schedule it for classroom use.

To date, equipment loaned by ITC has been handled on a first-come first-serve basis due to the difficulty of guaranteeing availability that hinges on timely return of equipment by other patrons.

Reservation/Loan Guidelines

  1. The camcorder can be reserved up to one month prior to the date needed.
  2. The loan period is for 24 hours.
  3. Reservations can be made to ITC library staff, via telephone or by email (x6172; Caroline Numbers).
  4. Pick up and return of the reserved camera will be available M-F from 8:30 – 5:00 and should be arranged by telephoning x6172 or emailing Caroline Numbers.
  5. If no reservations are pending, renewal is available by contacting one of the ITC library staff members. ITC Student assistants will not be authorized to reserve, deliver, renew or check in this camera.
  6. The success of this loan program is dependent on the prompt return of the camcorder by the due date. Failure to return it on time results in the ITC not having it ready for the next reservation.

We Will Copy it For You!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 1:21 pm

Photocopy Services

Z. Smith Reynolds Library has initiated a new photocopy program for print journal articles located in the library stacks. We will photocopy and deliver articles either in person or electronically to your desktop. Pricing is on a cost-recovery basis at $0.15 per page with a minimum charge of $3.00 per article, which may be paid in cash or billed to departmental accounts.

Photocopying requests can be placed through the Interlibrary Loan website, in person at the Circulation Desk, or by calling x4931. Requests may also be submitted for book delivery. For a full description of document delivery services, click here.

Do You Know Who Your Library Liaison Is?

Thursday, January 12, 2006 1:22 pm

Every academic department has a designated library liaison to help with book orders, library instruction, faculty orientation, and all other services the library provides. Who is yours?


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