July 31, 2009

Library Hours: August Update

A quick reminder that beginning Saturday, August 1st, the following library summer hours are in effect:
  • Monday through Friday
    8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Saturday and Sunday

Main Floor: Newspapers & Recreational

Newspapers (previously behind the reserves desk) and recrational reading (previously along the wall next to serials) are now featured prominently on the main floor. What's planned next for the area surrounding these two features is exciting ... but can not be shared just yet.

Stop in and see us sometime soon!

Serials Area Update

Organization of the new serials collection has begun! This area, highlighted by ranges angled to allow for maximum light flow on the main floor, is now in the process of being labeled with both individual shelf and end-cap signage. Ohio government documents lead this collection with journals and periodicals following alphabetically toward the back wall.

Next up for this section is repurposing the government documents. Currently located on the walls around the serials collection, government documents will be evaluated and detailed with signage. If you need locating items in either of these collections during this transition, please feel free to ask at the circulation and reference desk.

Print & Copy Stations, part 2

With bulk of major floor moves finished, stacks removed and existing furniture and equipment relocated, we are continuing to "tweak" the main floor layout maximum usability. The printer portion of our main floor print and copy station has been moved from serials to the area directly to the left of the copy station; against the back wall.

More news to come!

July 27, 2009

Print & Copy Stations

As the footprint of the new main floor reorganization takes shape, we have been able to create extended, easily accessible, service areas for library patrons. Case in point, the new printer and copy stations. Located against the wall where the reserves desk used to reside (have you noticed the old reserves desk is gone?) is the new print station. No longer hidden from view, finding and collecting print jobs is a snap.

Serials: Journals & Periodicals

The serials collection new home! Relocating the serials collection is a work in progress; building new shelving/stacks and back shifting the journals from Z to A - not to mention weeding and updating journal offerings, is a time consuming and often noisy process. If you are in the library during this relocation, please excuse the constant rattling of shelving and rolling carts of materials, along with the constant chattering of your library staff.

Pictured: Jan Marotta, Sue Ellen Ronk, Ed Krakora (library director)

Serials: Journals & Periodicals

As the serials collection moves to it's new location, note the increase of light and open space becoming available on the main floor. Our end goal is to enhance the library as a space while continuing to offer exemplary resources and service to the University community.

Government & Ohio Documents

Moving the microfilm and microfiche collections provided opportunity to redesign and enhance the serials collection, journals and periodicals, to include Government and Ohio Documents. Currently, the perimeter shelves of our new serials collection holds these documents; this temporary arrangement is the first step in weeding and updating the government documents collection making it more user friendly and accessible. During this transition, please feel free to ask for help locating items in the document collection - and remember - many of these documents are available online.

Microfilm & Microfiche

To better service users on and off campus, we have recently weeded the mircofilm and microfiche library holdings. After careful consideration, the collection was significantly reduced in size and relocated from the east side of the library (to the right as you enter) to the west side of the library (outside of the director's office).

Why change? Reducing the footprint of these collections has created usable space on the main floor that will soon translate to an open area for students.

Going Green? Yes, weeding these collections will impact paper usage, printing and copying, as electronic copies of these documents are readily available. Microfilm and microfiche were safely recycled by a reputable local company.

Is anything left? Yes! Microfilm and microfiche journals that are not readily available are still part of the collection.

Are these items still available to library users? Yes! Many items weeded from the microfilm and microfiche collection are still available through various AU library and OhioLINK databases or via interlibrary loan article requests.

Changes @ the Library

This summer has been one of change for the library, inside and outside. We have added signage to both front display cases to help identify the library! Often located by being "the tallest building on campus," we hope the new signs are a useful addition to the library facade.

University Web Site

Ashland University's web site is currently undergoing redesign. As the process continues and the roll-out date approaches, a content update freeze will be placed upon university web sites including the Library and Instructional Resource Center, beginning September 1st.

"The moratorium on web development will continue over the summer. A content freeze will go into effect 4 to 6 weeks prior to the website launch in late September or early October. All content on web pages will be moved to the new website as is unless there are emergency updates due to upcoming activities or other critical changes." -IT Advisory Committee

We understand how frustrating this may be to library users who are accessing databases for course work, using the catalog, requesting inter-library loan, or simply looking for library hours, news and information. To help keep library users up-to-date during the web site redesign process, we will use this blog and the Instructional Resource Center blog as news and information portals.

The Library News Blog, a spotlight feature, will continue to link directly to the most recent blog post. Visit here frequently; consider adding us to your feed reader!

Library Features will link directly to this post as a reminder the content freeze is in effect.

Portions of our web sites not effected by the content freeze include:

Please feel free to contact us with questions regarding the University web site redesign. We want to make this transition as easy as possible.

July 8, 2009

OhioLINK Database Maintenance

Please note the following message from Candi Clevenger @ OhioLINK. Planned maintenance for July 9th, between midnight and 4:00 am should have little affect on users:

OhioLINK staff will be performing planned maintenance on the machines that run the OSearch databases on Friday, July 9, from 12-4 a.m. We expect there to be few, if any, noticeable disruptions, but there may be brief periods where databases are unavailable or not fully functioning.

OSearch databases include:

  • Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature 1920-1997

  • Art Full Text

  • ATLA Religion Database

  • Biological Abstracts/BIOSIS Previews

  • Business and Industry 1994-2006

  • Compendex/ Compendex Historical

  • Education Full Text

  • ERIC

  • Inspec/Inspec Archives

  • PAIS International

  • PsycINFO/PsycINFO Historical

  • Sociological Abstracts 1963-2005

-- (7/8/09) Candi Clevenger, OhioLINK Communications Manager

July 6, 2009

IRC Graduate Assistants

Applications are currently being accepted to two Graduate Assistant positions in the IRC. Click here to view the flyer (pdf).

OhioLINK ETD Center

News from OhioLINK regarding additions to the ETD Center:

Four programs recently joined the OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center and began contributing theses and dissertations online. The four newest ETD Center members are: John Carroll University, the Ohio University honors program, the University of Toledo's honors program, and Walsh University’s honor’s program.

There are now 30 programs, from 23 member institutions, participating in the OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. The ETD Center is a free, online database of more than 19,700 graduate theses and dissertations and undergraduate honors theses from students at participating Ohio colleges and universities. For more information about the OhioLINK ETD Center, visit the frequently asked questions page.

-- (7/1/09) Candi Clevenger, Communications Manager, OhioLINK

Ashland University's Dwight Schar College of Education is one of the thirty programs included within OhioLINK's Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Center; click here to view AU's holdings. For more information, visit the ETD FAQ's Page.