March 14, 2012
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Student Suggestion: Stay Open Later

We have extended our Friday hours so that we now close at 7:00pm instead of 5:00pm.  We also extended our hours during finals in December and plan to do so again in April.  Staying open 24/7 is not feasible, however, because we do not have to staff to keep the building open all those hours.  We do walk around and count people in the building each hour for several hours before we close the building, and we’ll continue to monitor those numbers.  Also, don’t forget about the 24/7 computer labs – you’ll always have access to those!  And for those living in the dorms, every dorm should have a newly refurbished lounge.

In response to the comment that we were not open when our hours on our website said we would be – as far as we know, we can’t think of when that would have happened.  Our hours are the same year-round except for a few holidays, the Thanksgiving weekend, and over winter break.  Please let us know if this happens again.

March 13, 2012
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Student Suggestion: More Outlets

photo by Ed Kohler

We would love to have more outlets in the building as well!  With everyone using laptops all the time, it would be such an ideal thing to have.  We have asked in the past for more outlets.  However, due to the way the building is wired/constructed, it is not possible at this time.

Keep in mind that there are often outlets in odd locations – if your computer cord does not reach, please check out an extension cord at the library’s circulation desk!  We have purchased them for this very reason.

March 12, 2012
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Student Suggestion: Slower-Paced Classes on Computer Tools

Photo by Sarah M. Stewart

Thanks for the suggestion!  Thus far we’ve only offered one of these types of classes, so it was a new experience for us.  We quickly learned that it is not possible to cover more than one tool in a class if we want to be able to provide extensive hands-on experience. We will be offering more classes soon (see below) – some on Zotero, some on Mendeley.  We hope to see you then!

Library Workshop: Zotero

March 27 (Tuesday): 11:30am to 12:20
April 5 (Thursday): 5:15pm to 6:15

Library Workshop: Mendeley

March 28 (Wednesday): 5:15pm to 6:15

Registration is required and capped at 10 people, so sign up now on myChatham Happenings!

Workshop Descriptions

Mendeley

Working on research and have PDFs saved all over the place?  Do you keep misplacing the articles you’ve found?  There’s an easier way to keep track!  Attend this workshop to learn more about Mendeley, a tool that you can use both to keep all your research in one location and to create citations.

Zotero

Working on research and have PDFs saved all over the place?  Do you keep misplacing the articles you’ve found?  There’s an easier way to keep track!  Attend this workshop to learn more about Zotero, a tool that you can use both to keep all your research in one location and to create citations.

For those of you who cannot make one of these sessions:

Both of these resources offer videos for you to view in order to see how to use them (Mendeley videos, Zotero videos).  The library is also in the process of creating an introductory video which we hope to make available on our page of How To Videos soon. These two tools both have their pros and cons; for example, depending on the library database, one may work better than the other.  A comparison chart of general features is also available.

February 28, 2012
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Student Suggestion: More Electronic Resources Please!

Computer by INPIVIC

Thanks for all the great feedback on our “I wish my library would…” poster!  We have posted print responses where the poster used to be and will be posting a series of responses here on our blog as well.

Request for More Electronic Resources

We are always striving to provide you with the online resources you need.  We added ScienceDirect over the summer, Environment Complete in the fall, and we will be adding America: History and Life with Full Text at the beginning of April.  We are looking at others for the next fiscal year as well.

The cost of these resources, especially those with full text, can be prohibitive.  In 2011-12, we spent over $200,000 dollars on online resources alone.  These resources are not one-time fees.  We have to pay for yearly access and the price goes up every year.  One of our full-text databases cost us $27,000 this academic year.  However, if you know of resources you would like us to look into, please let us know!

Also, if we don’t have access to a particular journal, magazine, or newspaper, you can still get articles from it by using Interlibrary Loan – articles usually arrive within 2-5 business days and most are PDFs that we send right to your email.  It’s also a free service for you to use – we don’t pass any of the costs onto you.

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