Welcome back faculty and students! With the start of a new semester and academic year, we’d like to share what we’ve been doing during the summer and point to some changes you’ll notice when you visit.
I. First, our DVDs are out in the open and available for browsing. For returning students, you’ll recall searching the catalog for a specific film or flipping through a list of DVDs, without ever seeing or handling the DVD itself. Now, the DVDs are shelved across from the Circulation desk, in the first three sets of shelves, which previously were occupied by Reference books.
As part of an ongoing project to evaluate and use our physical space in the best way possible, we condensed our Reference collection and moved many of the titles upstairs into the Circulating collection, where they can be borrowed, and used the saved space to store the DVDs in an accessible location.
II. We’ve also added new (and what we consider to be exciting) software to the public computers. Our workstations are now equipped with the following programs:
- Windows 7 Enterprise (Operating system)
- Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Publisher)
- Adobe CS6 Design and Web Premium (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash Professional, Illustrator, and InDesign)
- EndNote X6
- IBM SPSS Statistics 21
- Adobe Reader 11.02
I should also mention we’re getting a new printer in LI 112! (LI 112 is the computer and teaching lab located across from the Library, near the Writing Center).
III. We made a few changes to our website, including
- Making OneSearch our default homepage search
- Updating the look of our Databases portal
- Making it easier to search our FAQs and connect with a librarian.
IV. And finally, don’t forget about some of our not-so-new changes, including the Kindles we have available for loan and our subscription to Films on Demand, which is a free, online video streaming site to view educational films.
As always, please feel welcome to Ask a Librarian for assistance! Best wishes for the semester!