The SMCM Library is entering the wonderful world of ebooks, and using data to get there.  The Library is participating in a pilot project, along with other USMAI campus libraries, to begin adding ebooks to the library collection.  For this pilot, however, we’re following your lead and only purchasing titles which you would like to read and borrow.  During the pilot, the Library has access to 8500 ebooks.  Those titles which are borrowed six or more times will be permanently adding to the collection.  The USMAI campus libraries have access to the same pool of 8500 ebooks, and those titles which are purchased will be accessible to all of USMAI.  A book will not belong to a single library, and can be read and borrowed by multiple users at the same time.


To use library jargon, this process is called demand driven acquisitions.  Our library users create a demand by borrowing a title, and we let that demand dictate which books we purchase or acquire.  Traditionally, the librarians make acquisition decisions, based on a variety of information and recommendations.  For this pilot, we’re standing back and letting you select the titles.  If you’d like to learn more about how the pilot project works, and how to access and borrow ebooks through the catalog, take a look at this research guide, USMAI Demand Driven eBooks Pilot Project.


Updates for Fall 2013!

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.


Browse your favorite DVD collection! We may not be Blockbuster, but they’re out of business, so that’s probably a good thing…

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
We could make beautiful memes together

Did someone say Photoshop?

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

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!