University Libraries Update

What's Going On Over There?

Greetings from the Libraries

I hope everyone had a great summer. We had a few changes in the library over the last few months, including several personnel changes. The big news is we now have a new dean, Ashley Ireland. Those of you who already know Ashley can understand why naming her was such a good decision.

We also have a new Special Collections and Exhibits Librarian, Sarah Hopley. She started at the beginning of August and has excellent experience and ideas in special collections and programming.

We congratulate and wish Elizabeth Price well as she takes over as interim director of the Faculty Development Center, In her stead, A.J. Boston is our interim business librarian. A.J. comes to us from the Calloway County Public Library and has worked in our technical services department. We're confident he's going to do well in his new role.

Please do not hesitate to call me if you would like a library instruction session. I will be contacting many of you and appreciate the opportunity to visit your classes.

And welcome to our new faculty! If you would like me to give you an overview of our web site and resources, I would be happy to come to your office.

We begin implementation of a new library system this year, which means RacerTrac, our old card catalog is no longer on our web site. You can search our physical collection and online books by using the large search box in the middle of our web page and then limiting to "available in the library" on the left-hand side. There is also a youtube video on the front page of the website that outlines the steps in searching this way. Please let me know if you have any questions.

We have added several new databases, including "UlrichsWeb" which provides information about specific journals. This is a helpful resource when you're trying to decide where to send proposals for publications. We also have added "Humanities Source" and "Statista." Statista provides statistics on many different health topics and beautiful infographics as well. We will soon be adding "Films on Demand" too. It's a large collection of streaming videos with a wide variety of instructional health topics.

We have canceled Credo-Reference, GREENR, and Biography Reference Bank based on very low usage statistics.

Last year we added over 80,000 electronic books through EBL and will be adding more this year.

You may notice some construction going on in the library over the next few months during a long, overdue men's restroom renovation and an electrical renovation. Please pardon the noise. Hopefully it won't take too long.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you soon.