Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Collection spotlight: Birds of North America

Title: Birds of North America
Call Number: Sci Ref QL681 .B625

This set is the print equivalent of a movie “cult classic”: not necessarily well-known, but a satisfying discovery you will return to again and again.

Beginning in 1992, the set was published bi-monthly by the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. It covers 716 of species of birds that live in North America. Each bird gets its own pamphlet which describes its habitat, range, diet, vocalizations, breeding, conservation and management, and even future research priorities. Photos, illustrations, maps, and diagrams allow you to see the birds and their habitats in full-color detail.

Housed in the Science-Health Science Library’s Reference Collection, they can nevertheless be checked out for 3-days at a time and can certainly be enjoyed in-house.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Service: Interlibrary Loan Pickup in Cooper

Late Fall Semester 2015, the University Libraries expanded our Interlibarry Loan (ILL) service to choose your pickup location for your requested books or other non-electronic items through ILLiad.

In the past, items requested via Interlibrary loan that were not deliverable electronically had to be picked up in Bracken at the Main Circulation desk or the Interlibrary Loan window.

Now, in addtion to Bracken, you may pick up your ILL requests at the Science-Health Science Library (CN16) and Architecture Library. Just use the dropdown menu in ILLiad to select your pickup location (see image above).

As usual, you will receive an email to let you know when your items are available. Remember to bring your BSU ID with you when you’re ready to pick up the items.

University Libraries boasts one of the most robust interlibrary loan programs in Indiana and we continue to strive to make it better every year.

More power outlets & new furniture

With smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other portable electronics everywhere, the demand for places to charge those devices is high. 

The requests for more power outlets to the SHSL have not gone unheard. New electrical outlets and tables have been added  to create additional and attractive study space in the quieter study area in the back of the library.

Along with this, comfy new rolling chairs were added throughout - the same kind you have seen at the public access computers here and in Bracken – for user convenience and to help maximize space usage.

Come in and give them a try.

New solid state drives & faster login times

Over winter break, Library Information Technology Personnel fitted many Public Access Computers (PACs) in Bracken and all of them in the Science-Health Science Library (SHSL) with new, solid state drives or SSDs. Basically, these are large capacity flash drives that replace the older, traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) that used magnetic, spinning metal disks to store data.

The login times in the SHSL have dropped from 3 minutes on average to less than 10 seconds. That’s an incredible 94.44% decrease in login time. Library users have faster access to CardCat, research databases, and productivity software via the campus Key Server which monitors software license activity.

Reasons for the longer login times of old include network cabling capacity, number of network hub connections, speed of the PAC itself, and connecting with our Key Server. The Key Server alone requires a significant amount of time and processor power.

Since the changes, Science Library staff have heard lots of praise from users. Users can now get to the network and software available on the PACs much more quickly and efficiently.