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New Construction and Renovation Update
has been very steady and construction work has remained essentially
on schedule since site preparation began in early January. By August,
the "shell" of the four-story addition to the University Library
was clearly visible because the structural steel, concrete floors, roof,
and exterior concrete slab work was completed. Once the exterior glass
is installed in August and early September, the structure will be "in
the dry" or "under roof." But the electrical, plumbing,
painting, sprinkler, and other trades have been working daily inside
the building since July. Most of the interior trades are expected to
finish by the end of Fall 2002 semester. The interior work taking place
in August and September includes the installation of door frames, dry-wall,
sprinkler system devices, elevators, HVAC system ducts, and the like
over 53,000 sq. ft. on all four floors. As one trade finishes in an
area, another trade follows behind. Meanwhile, new service desks and
other cabinetry is being build by USA carpenters and furniture bids
are being prepared. You can keep up with progress by seeing the pictures
linked at the bottom of the University Librarys website:http://library.southalabama.edu/
Renovation work inside the existing library building has also been progressing steadily over the summer, but will continue throughout the Fall semester. Asbestos removal or encapsulation was completed on the top two floors by June, but the most difficult and time-consuming work will take place in the circulation and reference areas on the main floors over the weeks and months ahead.
Abatement work has necessitated the relocation of the staff in those departments, as well as moving the south entrance to the library to the ground level immediately below. Essentially all abatement work must be completed before the state allows the new facility to be certified for occupancy. Construction of new offices for cataloging, acquisition, administrative, and circulation staff, as well as new restrooms, is also taking place in the existing library. So, who says the library is a place for quiet solitude anyway!
Ebsco Changes Its Look
A new version of EBSCOhost offers changes and new features to assist users of the EBSCO databases. Upon choosing EBSCO from the SOUTHcat Plus "Fulltext Journals & Indexes" page, users will find that in addition to the ability to choose one or more databases to search, title lists and more information are available from links under each database title.
Tabs offer the ability to choose to view search options, search history, or available results. Search options still allow the choice to limit articles to peer-reviewed, full-text, or USA Libraries owned only, and to search by magazine title, by date, or within full-text.
A spell checker has been added which offers suggested corrections if a search returns no hits.
While viewing results, it is now possible to save items to a folder and keep them across searches and while changing databases. Items will remain in the folder until the session is ended or until folder items are printed, e-mailed, or saved to a disk. To add items to a folder, click on the Add link and folder icon to the right of each citation. Look at the top of the page on the right at the link "Folder has # items" to see how many items are in the folder and click the link to see the contents of the folder and to print, e-mail or save the items. We hope patrons will take advantage of the new features in EBSCO to make their research easier. Please call 460-7025 or e-mail the Reference Department at email@example.com
construction of the library addition and required renovations to the
old building kept us busy this summer. We survived leaky ceilings, asbestos
abatement, office relocations, furniture moves, bookstack moves, broken
air conditioners, jack hammers, no water, no bathrooms, erratic elevators,
cross-campus parking, and more. Of course, its not over yet, but
it will all be worth it.
Librarians offices moved to Room 5, ground level
AND THE NUMBER ONE MOST IMPORTANT MOVE
1. MAIN ENTRANCE now on ground level, south side, right under the bridge
Lexis Makes Big Changes
Below is the new LexisNexis (no hyphen anymore) Quick Search. It's very different from the old search. You must use "quotation marks" for phrases, never use Boolean's and, or, not and never use truncation. It will only go back for two years and returns records by a relevance algorithm, not by most recent first.
Fortunately for those of us who want more control of our searches the Guided News Search is available and uses the same search logic as the old interface.
If you need help figuring out how to use Lexis, come to the Reference Desk or call us at 460-6045. You can even e-mail us a questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News from Collection Management
Whew! What a year! Enveloped by sounds of grinding, clanging,
motors roaring and the shouts of the construction crew, Collection Management
has had one of thee most active years of its existence. To begin with
we placed orders for over $500,000 worth of books. Although a lot of
work, it was very good for the collection. But alas this just a beginning
since each of those books had to be cataloged and processed for the
shelves. The work was backed up so far for a time we had to create an
effective operation team to modify workflow to move things faster. So
in spite of asbestos removal, heat and other endemic stresses the work
electronic newsletter of the University Library, University of South Alabama,
published irregularly as a service to the University Community.
call (334) 460-6045 or e-mail Jan Sauer.
Last updated: 8/19/02. js
This page: http://www.usouthal.edu/univlib/news/news22/index.html