Materials Funds Report | New Construction Update | Cataloging Government Documents |
Readers' Guide Retrospective | New Databases through InfoTrac and Ebsco | Site Search and Index |
|Finding an Article in a Haystack or Where's Waldo, the Journal? | Faculty Friday
Supplemental Library Material Funds Report
Earlier this academic year, Academic Affairs announced that additional funds would be provided to the University Library to fill gaps in the collection and to respond to deficiencies noted in Departmental Surveys. As a result of that announcement, I am very pleased to say that bibliographers in the University Library received requests totaling $310,000 for library materials from the faculty this academic year. All faculty requests have been processed. These one-time funds have allowed the University Library to acquire thousands of titles, including books, new journal subscriptions, and audio-visual or other materials to supplement the regular library allocations to the academic departments. Once received and cataloged, these acquisitions will help the University Libraries meet their collection development goals, particularly for resources needed to support graduate level programs and faculty research.
Responsive collection development programs require the on-going, joint efforts of the faculty as well as library bibliographers. I am indeed grateful to the faculty who requested books, journals, and other library materials needed to support the curricular and research needs of students and faculty. The hard work of the library bibliographers who evaluated each request and placed the orders is especially commendable.
Library use, in particular the circulation of books from the University Libraries, is directly correlated to assignments by the faculty and the quality of the libraries' collections. I am confident that the improved library funding noted here, as well as access to our rich electronic resources, will improve use of all library resources and services at the University of South Alabama.
Searching the University Library's Web Site
The University Library has recently added the facility to search the Library's web site using Google. The USA librarians are constantly working on creating guides and bibliographies or webliographies that make tracking down information faster for you and your students. With this new Google search you will be able to find those guides more easily. Choose "search this site" from the library's homepage at http://library.southalabama.edu. For example, if you need to know where to find some useful information on math, you would choose "search this site" and type in math.
Remember that what the Google search engine is doing is searching the pages loaded on the library's web server -- it is NOT searching for articles in journals or for books owned by the University Library; for those searches you need to use either the SOUTHcat catalog (http://southcat.southalabama.edu/) or one of the journal indexes, such as EBSCO or InfoTrac, listed under Articles and Indexes (http://www.usouthal.edu/univlib/other.html).
If you don't find what you need using the Google search, there is also an Index, or alphabetical listing, of pages on the University Library's web site. To use this, choose "site index" from the homepage and then simply choose the letter of alphabet for the topic you're interested in to be taken to a list of all pages that start with that letter. For example, if you want to know what services the library provides for faculty, click on the letter "F" and you'll see Faculty Services. Clicking on Faculty Services willtake you directly to the page describing the library's services for faculty.
Readers' Guide Retrospective
Our newest electronic subscription is to one of the oldest indexes available anywhere, the Readers' Guide--the same index we used in high school to find magazine articles for our papers. What's extraordinary is that this subscription is to the older volumes of RG. Right now the subscription includes access to 1963 to 1982 issues. By the Fall of 2002, Wilson & Co. will have all the volumes from 1890 to 1982 with more than 2,500,000 entries from 523 U.S. magazines.
the wreck of the Titanic to Neil Armstrongs walk on the moon;
from the Charleston craze to the Sharon Tate murders; from Pearl Harbor
to the Bay of Pigs -- heres a record of an entire century of popular
magazine coverage, and a reflection of America's evolving attitudes
InfoTrac, Ebsco and Lexis all have great databases, but none of them contain much information for anything that happened before 1980, before words became digital. H. W. Wilson has taken its older files and made them electronic. At this point in time, it is a basic index, that is, it contains no abstracts or full-text articles from these old magazines, only the citations. But there is the hope and promise that once the bibliographic information becomes available the inevitable progress will be to make the articles available also--for a fee of course!
Check out Readers' Guide Retrospective by clicking on its name in the alphabetical list of subscriptions listed under "Article and Indexes" on our website.
We have made changes to the lists of databases in Gale/InfoTrac and EBSCO. New databases have been added and the lists have been rearranged and alphabetized to make the most popular and useful databases easier to find.
In Gale/InfoTrac, the Professional Collection now heads the list. The Professional Collection is a database that concentrates on education topics and includes a high percentage of full-text journals. Also new to InfoTrac is Informe, which indexes Spanish language magazines and journals and also includes a high percentage of full-text.
SPORTDiscus, formerly found on SilverPlatter, is now available on EBSCO. SPORTDiscus is the place to go for articles on physical education, sports, recreation, and leisure services. Also new on EBSCO are the Vocational & Career Collection for those seeking information on jobs and careers, and Military Library FullTEXT for military-related periodicals.
Please call the Reference Desk at 460-7025 or e-mail email@example.com if you have questions or comments about InfoTrac or EBSCO databases.
University Library Addition -- Construction Update
The site for the addition to the existing University Library was cleared during the first week of January 2002. Since then, most of the construction activity through March 2002 has involved site preparation, the laying of footers or retaining walls, waterproofing, and the rough-in for plumbing and electricity.
The building of a four-story west stair tower has been the most exciting activity to watch thus far. This structure will be completed in April when interior stairs will be poured in the tower. Work on a duplicate stair tower at the northeast corner will also begin in April. The crane will back-out to its new location so that the area around the west tower can be back-filled and graded. As the plumbing and electrical rough-ins are completed, the areas will continue to be back-filled with the dirt removed from the site and stored near the Life Sciences building.
Toward the end of April, steel, now being fabricated off-site, will arrive and be erected. The steel beams will be tied to the existing library then proceed to the center of the addition while work continues on the stairwell towers. Progress will be very noticeable as the four-story addition takes shape quickly. Also, if you look about twenty feet from the center of the existing library, you will notice a circular foundation wall surrounding two concrete pads. This area will house the two new elevators and the center stairway, as well the ramp down to the ground level of the addition.
Pictures of the tower work, as well as foundation and other activities, may be viewed by going the University Library website (http://library.southalabama.edu/) and clicking on "construction photos" at the bottom of the page. Snapshots covering every week of construction since January are posted. Be sure to view the pictures of the crane hoisting huge 16 ft. high steel forms in place as the tower and scaffolding rise higher and higher.
Cataloging Government Documents
Are you finding more and more government documents as you search the SOUTHcat Catalog? Starting last March 2001, USA Library began receiving monthly tape loads of catalog records that are added to the SOUTHcat catalog for materials received through the Federal Depository Library Program. These records come from MARCIVE, a company that provides enhanced Government Printing Office database services, and are the same records that are in the MarciveWeb DOCS database, an online catalog of U.S. government publications published from July 1976 to the present.
to this project, catalog records for newly acquired federal
government materials had been added to our catalog on a selective
basis only. In the first nine months of this program, the University
Library has received and processed almost 6500 records for materials
in the collection. These records include new materials as well
as records that have been updated for older materials. One of
the most common reason for updating an older record is the adding
of a PURL, or Permanent Uniform Record Locator, for materials
that are also available on the web. In the mid-1990s,
the U. S. Congress mandated that the primary method for making
publications available to depositories was to be in electronic
format. Since that time, more and more titles are available
only online. The University Library has added thousands of records
with hotlinks for these web-based publications. By including
specific titles in our catalog, we allow subject access to the
government information, whether the materials are available
in the library or only on the web.
Some titles will continue being distributed to depository libraries in paper format. These are considered "Essential Titles for Public Use" and for now they include: The Code of Federal Regulations (Docs Ref, AE 2.106/3: ), Digest of Education Statistics (Docs Desk, ED 1.326: ), Public Papers of the President (Documents AE 2.114: ), Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics (Docs Desk, J 29.9/6: ), and the United States Reports (Law, JU 6.8: ). All of these titles are also available on the Internet, with access to them through hotlinks in our catalog.
For more information about accessing government publications, either through the web or in the library, please contact the Government Documents department, either by phone at 460-7024 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding an Article in a Haystack
There is a great tool that makes librarians look like magicians when conjuring up a particular article in a particular journal. The scenario: despondent student arrives at the reference desk looking for this article her professor wants her to read by tomorrow. The professor had said, " It's easy to find, just go get it on the web." After an hour of Googling, Yahooing and Infotracing and still empty-handed, she decides to swallow whatever pride she has left and ask the Reference librarian to help, though she's convinced that she has explored every cranny of the WWW. [Good thing this hypothetical student is female and able to ask for directions, don't you think!]
With a flurry of flying fingers, multiple clicks later, the librarian says, "Here it is. No problem!" Such power, such magic. NOT! The librarian just happens to know about the list of full-text online journals to which the library subscribes. He finds the journal in the list and clicks to enter one of the databases which contains that journal. With a few search refinements, the article appears.
This magic list is easily available to anyone at the University and is the darling of the Interlibrary Loan staff and all the reference librarians. Even though having power is rare for us and definitely fun, we do try to spread the word about this list. Unfortunately information is complicated. Trying to explain serials publication formats, aggregate periodical databases, full-text linked sources, embargoes, text, pdf, xml print formats and subscription license restrictions sometimes makes us crazy. Bear with us.
Try this magic list called "Full-Text Journals Listed by Title & Publisher (USA Subscribed, Full-Text, Electronic Journals)" under "Articles and Indexes" on the Library Homepage. Maybe the name should be less descriptive, a name like "Magic List."
Use it first whenever you have a citation to an article and want to see if there might be easy desktop access to that article via one or more (full-text articles sometimes show up in more than one) of our subscription databases. If it doesn't show up in the list, the next step is to do a "journal title" search on the SOUTHcat catalog. No luck there? Send a completed online ILL form to Debbie and Tamilla. One way or another, the library magicians will get you the articles you need for your research
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