Welcome to the Fall 2009 edition of the CUA Libraries Newsletter. We are pleased to share with you recent news about the University Libraries and staff.
As always, we welcome comments, questions, and suggestions at our online comment form.
We hope you enjoy this issue of our Newsletter. You can continue to follow the latest Library news as they are posted at University Libraries News & Events. Please comment on our stories and subscribe to the RSS feeds.
Kimberly Hoffman joins CUA Libraries as the Coordinator of Science Libraries. Kim was born on an Air Force base in Misawa, Japan and grew up in Michigan. She graduated from the University of Detroit with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering BCE. She earned a Masters of Library Science at Kent State University. Her varied career experience includes:
One of the many excellent databases brought to you courtesy of the CUA Libraries allows you to stream music of many genres on your computer. The Naxos Music Library is a sound-streaming service including the complete recordings of the Naxos label and others. It includes classical music (ancient times to the present), jazz, world music, folk, historical recordings and more. In addition to over 38,000 CDs (over half a million tracks), which can be compiled into personal playlists, the service contains extensive biographical information on composers and artists and notes on the works.
Important User Note: You only need to be signed in to make your listening choice. As soon as the music starts to play, please remember to sign out so that other listeners can make their choices. Only five people are allowed to make selections simultaneously.
Please contact the Music Librarian, Maurice Saylor ( ), if you have any questions. Enjoy!
This fall librarians have been busy writing new research guides and overhauling old ones. We have introduced a new system that gives librarians direct access to creating and editing subject and course guides. At the time that this article was written, twenty-five guides had been published on a diverse range of subjects.
The platform being used to support the new research guides is a product called "LibGuides". It was developed specifically with libraries in mind, and provides many Web 2.0 and social networking features that students have come to expect from a website. Many librarians are taking advantage of these features to provide timely information as well as additional ways to interact directly with the librarian.
Each guide includes contact information for the responsible librarian, and many include instant message chat widgets for real time assistance. The library's IM reference service has already proven to be popular - now students and faculty may have access to real time chat with a librarian who specializes in their subject of interest.
Other ways to interact with content on the guides include commenting, polls and even user submissions. Guides can also include web videos, incorporate RSS feeds from other sites, and link directly to items in the ALADIN catalog as well as other electronic resources that the library provides.
It is expected that the guides will be regularly updated and it is possible to subscribe to an RSS feed for each guide in order to receive notification of modifications. Guides can be shared through other popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Delicious.
When a user lands on the new research guide portal they will have a number of options to locate a guide of interest. All of the guides have been assigned to a broad subject area similar to the division of schools at CUA, and can be browsed by using a list that appears in a column on the left. The front page also includes a list of the top ten most popular guides, and a search box with options to search the research guides, ALADIN catalog, or the internet.
Although we are making guides available as they are published, the official switchover from the current research guides will occur at the beginning of the spring 2010 semester. Keep an eye on the site as librarians continue to create new guides and add more content throughout the fall. Faculty are welcome to request course-specific guides from the appropriate subject librarian.
Raj Savari, Library Management Systems Librarian