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Faculty Feature: Celebrating Faculty Scholarship

faculty_scholarshipAs you may have seen in your email, this fall, the Libraries are collaborating with Faculty Affairs, the Center for Faculty Development and the Grants and Research Office to celebrate UST faculty scholarship.  In preparation for an event on November 20th, the Libraries are putting together a list of faculty publications between July of 2014 and September of 2015. 

We monitor faculty publications throughout the year and already have a good start on this list. In an effort to make the list as comprehensive as possible, we’re making  additional request of you to send us the citations of your publications – including (again, from July 2014 – September 2015):

  • Books
  • Chapters
  • Articles
  • Refereed Conference Presentations

We’ll be creating a physical and virtual display of what we know will be an impressive collection of the scholarly and creative output of our faculty.

We’d hate to miss anything! Please send your citations to Laura Hansen at O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library. Any questions, please call Laura at 962-5011.

Thanks!

Faculty News, Libraries, News & Events

Coming Soon: Copyright Workshop with Nancy Sims

Hey Professor!  Do you have questions about copyright?  We have the workshop for you!

UST libraries are pleased to host an event with copyright specialist Nancy Sims, who will speak about the issues and challenges of copyright from a faculty member’s perspective. nancy

Join us on Wednesday, November 11 from 3:30-5:00pm in ASC’s Hearth Room. Refreshments will provided; register here to reserve your seat!

We’ve asked Nancy to address the following topics:

  • what constitutes Fair Use
  • choosing/providing access to course materials
  • obtaining permission to use a copyrighted work

But come prepared with any other questions you may have: her presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

Nancy is the Copyright Program Librarian at the University of Minnesota libraries. She holds a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and an MLIS from Rutgers University and says that her job is not to be the “copyright police” on her campus, but to help individuals and groups throughout the University community to understand issues surrounding copyright and scholarly communication. She is fascinated by copyright law in all of its aspects, and in particular, how individuals construct understandings of copyright as it relates to their own scholarly, artistic, professional, personal, cultural, and communicative activities.

She has published articles and presented at conferences about copyright issues, technology, and emerging forms of scholarship.

Charles J. Keffer Library, Faculty News, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Faculty Feature: Display Student Research in the Library!

Did you make it to Inquiry at UST this year?  It always includes such an impressive amount of research, and I can only imagine how you as faculty members must be proud of what your students have accomplished.

We at UST Libraries share your pride, and we are always willing to share the research itIMG_0222self, too!

We have several options to help ensure that students’ work can be shared with the larger UST community for longer than the typical 90-minute presentation window:

  1. OSF Library Rotunda: We have several easels on which we keep a rotating display of student posters – to catch the interest of everyone who seems to swing by this hub of Tommie activity. We’d be happy to add yours to the list!
  2. OSF Reference Area: The lower shelving in the OSF reference area is also a great place to display projects – it generates a lot of attention from people at Coffee Bene! We look forward every year to the amazing feats of the Physics 101 roller coasters. Does your class produce anything similar?
  3. Digital Display Monitors: If a physical poster is not available, monitors at both OSF and Keffer Libraries can display PDF versions.

Sound intriguing?  Contact Laura Hansen  to arrange a time to get your student’s work its time in the UST Libraries limelight!

Faculty News, News & Events

Faculty Feature: BrowZine – Not Just for Tablets Anymore!

We’re thrilled to announce that as of this summer, our ever-popular BrowZine service is also available on a web platform!

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Two years ago, UST Libraries introduced BrowZine, a service used by hundreds of institutions around the world that allows you to browse, read and follow thousands of the library’s scholarly journals from your Android and iOS mobile devices. Now its features are also available on the web! To learn more, please take a look at this short introductory video. Some current highlights are listed below:

With BrowZine, you can:BZ_AndroidPhone_NoDevice2

  • Browse and read journals: Browse journals by subject, easily review tables of contents, and download full articles
  • Share your reading list with students and colleagues: Use the durable linking capability of browzine.com to easily link to subject-specific and personalized “shelves” in BrowZine. (Imagine the possibilities of embedding a widget of titles in Blackboard to help students familiarize themselves with journals in their field!)

In the mobile app, you can create a personal experience as well: 

  • Create your own bookshelf: Add journals to your personal bookshelf and be notified when new articles are published
  • Save and export articles: Save articles for off-line reading or export to services such as DropBox, Mendeley, RefWorks, Zotero, Papers and more

More features are on their way as BrowZine.com develops this new interface. You can look forward to additional updates in the months to come!

Start using BrowZine today by visiting browzine.com. On your mobile device, download the free app from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Amazon App Store. One simple authentication with your UST credentials is all it takes to create an account and start exploring (and sharing!) our collection in this dynamic new way.

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We hope you enjoy using BrowZine. Please send any comments or questions to Laura Hansen.

Faculty News, Libraries, News & Events

Faculty Feature: Have you Scheduled a Library Session?

We’ve gotten past the first two weeks of the semester – yay!  From what I’m hearing many of you, it also means that you’re gearing your students up for some research projects.

Please remember that we at UST Libraries are here to help out!  Each year we go into an average of 300 different classrooms to be another voice teaching students how to find and evaluate information and to make use of the Library’s services.FullSizeRender

UST Librarians will work with you to make sure the session fits with your needs and expectations. Lower level courses are often geared towards more basic skills, while upper-level class sessions can help your students learn some of the research skills they will need as they prepare for graduate school.

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Courses can take place in your classroom or one of the library’s computer labs and are taught using a mix of lecture and hands-on activities. We’re always happy to incorporate any library assignments you have for the day, and we can also build a course-specific subject guide (see examples here) that will include all of the resources/ideas covered in class (these can be embedded into Blackboard). After the session, librarians are available for follow-up sessions or individual consultations for both you and your students, as well.

We teach from the American Library Association’s Information Literacy Framework, and here are some ideas of what this involves:

  • The “nuts and bolts” of using the library
    • How to find things on the shelves
    • Navigating the website
    • Setting up RefWorks and ILLiad accounts – and why you’d need them
  • How to construct a research strategy
    • Brainstorming appropriate search terms
    • Forming a research question
    • Determining scope of search (choosing filters such as date, geography, etc)
  • Where to locate information
    • Finding the appropriate (electronic or paper) resources and services
    • Determining the difference between sources
      • Type of research: Primary v. Secondary
      • Audience: Peer-Reviewed/Academic v.  Professional v. Popular
    • Familiarization with databases and journal titles important in their field
  • Evaluate and synthesize the information discovered
    • How to effectively read a research paper
    • Determine the authority of the source
    • Finding an “Academic Conversation” within their area of interest (searching by author, cited references, and more)
    • Building an annotated bibliography
  • Information Ethics
    • How to navigate the world of copyright
    • Importance of citation and some basic how-to’s for a variety of citation styles
    • Effectively using citation management tools

If you have any questions, please let us know.  Otherwise we look forward to working with your classes!

Faculty News

Faculty Feature: Course Reserves 101

Do you want to…

  1. Create a completely customized reading list for your course?
  2. Reduce costs for students?
  3. Help ensure our great library resources get used?

Then UST Libraries Course Reserves are for you!

As you finalize your reading lists for this semester, please know it’s never too late to let the library staff help you put items on Course Reserve.  course reservces

Materials can be placed on physical or electronic reserve, with loan periods ranging from 2 hours to 2 weeks. It all starts by filling out a request form, after which Course Reserve staff will contact you to finalize details. Once the reserve is in place, a course-specific reserves page will be created that can be linked to on your Blackboard page or easily found by course # or instructor’s name within our system.

More details can be found below, or view our Course Reserves webpage to start placing your items on reserve now!

 Print Course Reserves: 

The list of items that can be placed on reserve includes: 12001064_10153564518992270_3791545871161013218_o

  • Books from the UST Libraries collection
  • Personal copies of items (including films, books, textbooks, you name it – items will be returned to you at the end of the semester)
  • Films from the UST Libraries collection
  • Materials from the Music Resource Center

*Note: If an item you’d like to place on reserve is not available at UST Libraries, you are always welcome send a purchase request through your library liaison to acquire an item (this might be an option for later-in-the-semester readings or for next spring at this point; acquiring a book takes time!)

E-Reserves: reserve faculty form

Alternatively, many items may be placed on e-reserve, to be linked to within our reserves system or on your course Blackboard page.  We are always happy to work with you to make sure that the e-reserves comply with copyright law and license restrictions:

  1. In many cases, you can find or create a direct connection (known variously as a durable link, persistent link, DURL, or PURL) to the reading in one of the libraries’ subscription databases, and place that link in your Blackboard course. See IRT’s help pages for more on using Blackboard.
  2. If that is not an option, Course Reserve staff may create an electronic reserve item accessible from the CLICnet catalog. To use this option, you will need to send or bring us a physical or PDF copy of the reading.

Fun Facts: 

  • For Spring Semester 2015 alone, we had 161 Courses use Course Reserves in the OSF Library, putting 461 unique items on reserve (including 141 E-Reserves – articles, book chapters, etc.)
  • In the last 9 days, we’ve had a 124 students check-out materials on Reserves (UST Libraries-wide).

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments; we hope your semester is off to a great start!

This is the first of many “Faculty Feature” blog posts – look for more each Thursday! Please send any future topic ideas to UST Librarian Laura Hansen

Circulation, Faculty News, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Services

New Service: Faculty Book Delivery!

Faculty members on the St. Paul campus can now opt to have books requested from CLICnet or Interlibrary Loan delivered to their on-campus mailbox.

To participate, fill out this form first, then select OSF as your “pickup location” when making requests.

Delivery Service Policies:delivery

  • This service is only available on the St. Paul Campus.
  • When requesting items via CLICnet and ILLiad you must specify OSF as your pickup location.
  • Upon arrival, CLICnet and ILLiad items will be checked out to your library account and delivered to your on-campus mailbox.
  • Once the items have been delivered to your mailbox you assume all responsibility for them.
  • DVDs and VHS are excluded from this delivery service.

 

 

Questions? Send an email to circulation@stthomas.edu or call 651-962-5494.