December 17, 2010

Library Hours: Winter Break

In observance of the Ashland University campus holiday schedule, AU Library will close at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 17, 2010 and remain closed through Monday, January 3, 2011.

For additional holiday hours information, please visit the library hours and update page on the library web site.

We wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a safe and joyous holiday season.

December 16, 2010

Spotlight: The Chronicle


The first in a series of spotlight posts featuring library resources, The Chronicle of Higher Education. One of the premier links on the library database by title page and immediately accessible using the Database by Title search on the main library page (keyword: Chronicle), The Chronicle is "No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators."
"Based in Washington, D.C., The Chronicle has more than 70 full-time writers and editors, as well as 17 foreign correspondents around the world."

"Online, The Chronicle is published every weekday and is the top destination for news, advice, and jobs for people in academe. The Chronicle's Web site features the complete contents of the latest issue; daily news and advice columns; thousands of current job listings; an archive of previously published content; vibrant discussion forums; and career-building tools such as online CV management, salary databases, and more."

"The Chronicle's audited Web-site traffic is routinely more than 12 million pages a month, seen by more than one million unique visitors." --
About the Chronicle

The Chronicle of Higher Education is also accessible through several library databases including Academic Search Complete (full text 1999 - present, one month embargo), Education Research Complete (full text 1999 - present, one month embargo) and LexisNexis Academic (1997 - present, one month embargo).

December 15, 2010

OhioLINK Catalog

The OhioLINK catalog interface has been updated and debuted to users today. Same great service from the catalog with a new look. From OhioLINK:

With the approval of the Library Advisory Council, as well as reviews by the ICS, DMS and USC committee, the refreshed interface for the OhioLINK Central Catalog has been released today for general use.

The changes to the catalog are concentrated on the look and feel of the interface. No changes have been made to the indexing or fundamental functions of the catalog. -- Zoe Stewart-Marshall, OhioLINK, Assistant Director, User Services Development


December 10, 2010

Library Hours: December 12 - 18

Library Hours for December 12th through 18th:

Sunday, December 12th
Closed

Monday, December 13 - Friday, December 17th
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday, December 18th
Closed

December 9, 2010

Library Hours: After Finals

The library is open 8 am to 5 pm on Thursday (12/9) and Friday (12/10) this week.

We will be closed Saturday (12/11) and Sunday (12/12). Please visit the library web site for a complete list of hours.

December 4, 2010

Library Extended Hours Continue



Library extended hours continue through Wednesday, December 8th; the library opens at the regular time and remains open until 2:00 a.m. providing study and work space for interested students. A complete extended hours calendar is available on the library hours page:

Week of December 5th

Sunday, December 5th
1:00 pm to 2:00 am

Monday, December 6th - Wednesday, December 8th
7:45 am to 2:00 am

Extended hours do not apply to the Instructional Resource Center (IRC), library second floor. Color printing will not be available during extended hours. Ashland University Library wishes everyone success on the end of year studies and exams.

November 29, 2010

Library Open House

Library Holiday Open House

You are cordially invited to the AU Library holiday open house to be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2010. Join us from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for refreshments and seasonal entertainment.

November 28, 2010

Library Extended Hours


It's time! Monday, November 29th, the library will begin it's extended hours schedule opening at the regular time and remaining open until 2:00 a.m. providing study and work space for interested students. A complete extended hours calendar is available on the library hours page:

Week of November 29th

Monday, November 29th - Thursday, December 2nd
7:45 am to 2:00 am

Week of December 5th

Sunday, December 5th
1:00 pm to 2:00 am

Monday, December 6th - Wednesday, December 8th
7:45 am to 2:00 am

Extended hours do not apply to the Instructional Resource Center (IRC), library second floor. Color printing will not be available during extended hours. Ashland University Library wishes everyone success on the end of year studies and exams.

November 22, 2010

Library Hours: Thanksgiving Break

Library Hours Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 24th
Library Closes 5 pm

Thursday, November 25th - Saturday, November 27th
Library Closed

Sunday, November, 28th
Library Open 6:00 pm to Midnight

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday break and remember, extended library hours begin Monday, November 29th!

November 4, 2010

OCLC First Search Maintenance

OCLC will conduct maintenance on successive Sundays, November 7th and November 14th, from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Eastern time. All FirstSearch databases, including Article First and WorldCat, will be unavailable during those times.

November 1, 2010

LexisNexis Scheduled Maintenance

LexisNexis Academic will have a scheduled maintenance outage following the switch to Standard Time in the USA.  The database may be down on Sunday, November 7, from 2 a.m. EDT to 6 a.m. EST.

October 26, 2010

Science Information Searching

The federal government’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information has created three search engines to assist the science researcher in locating timely information.

  • SCIENCE accelerator provides searching for the 12 OSTI databases as well as DOE data.
  • Science.gov searches 42 databases and over 2,000 selected web sites from 18 scientific and technical organizations from 14 federal agencies.
  • The World Wide Science Organization provides a search on 76 databases from 65 countries and international organizations.

For help searching these databases, contact the Documents Department in the library at 5410 or Janice Marotta at jmarotta@ashland.edu.

October 20, 2010

Library Spotlight: New Books

New books are added to the library collection throughout the academic year. When shelf ready, titles are featured on the new book shelf on the main floor near the computer and recreational reading area.

Books have been selected by AU librarians and are subject to the library's collection development policy which includes professional reviews and faculty recommendations. Contact your library liaison for more information or submit a suggestion via the library catalog.

Recent additions to the collection include:


The Instructional Resource Center Blog routinely provides information regarding new additions to the IRC, juvenile, and education collections.

October 17, 2010

OhioLINK Authentication

OhioLINK authentication was broken this evening but has been restored.  If you are still not able to authenticate, clear the cache of your browser.  For assistance contact AU Library Reference at library@ashland.edu or 419-289-5402.

October 6, 2010

Update: Entrance Change

Beginning today, please use the main exit doors to enter the library. Work has moved to the other side of the entrance; weather permitting concrete will be poured and the project complete next week. We recommend:
  • Enter and exit the library using the patio doors.
  • Enter the library using the main exit doors, leave via the patio doors.

Thank you for your continued patience.

October 4, 2010

Update: Walkway & Sidewalk

The library is open!

Work continues on the sidewalk and walkway outside the library. Last week concrete was poured on the exit-door side of the main library entrance. For safety reasons, rotating closures remain in place for the main entrance and exit doors. We recommend:
  • Enter and exit the library using the patio doors.
  • Enter the library using the main doors, exit the patio doors.

Thank you for your continued patience.

September 28, 2010

Banned Books Week 2010

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, is September 25 - October 2, 2010.



"Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States." -
ALABanned Books Week

The Office For Intellectual Freedom created a video for their YouTube channel that features the Top Ten Banned and Challenged Books of 2009 and reasons for challenges and bans. Included in the top ten list are classics; The Chocolate War, The Color Purple, The Catcher in Rye, and To Kill a Mocking Bird; and children and young adult titles; The Earth, My Butt, And Other Big Round Things, And Tango Makes Three, and Twilight.



For more information: Internet Resources

For More Information: AU Library collection

Visit the IRC News blog for a different look at Banned Books Week provided by The Puppet Book Banners.

September 27, 2010

Update: Library Walkway & Sidewalk

The library is open!

Demolition continues on the sidewalk and walkway outside the library main entrance. In order to safely remove concrete up to the library display windows, there will be rotating closures for the main entrance and exit doors.
  • Enter and exit the library using the patio doors.
  • Enter the library using the main doors, exit the patio doors.

Weather permitting, plans are in place to pour new concrete the end of this week. Thank you for your continued patience.

September 24, 2010

IRC Hours Update

The Instructional Resource Center will be closed this weekend, Saturday 9/25 and Sunday 9/26. Computers and regular printing remain available on the second floor, as do general second floor collection items.

Color printing, laminating, the Ellison Machine, and other services offered inside the IRC will not be available. We will re-open on Monday following regular hours.

Need to color print? There is a color printer available in Patterson.

IRC News: Big Books

Have you ever searched for a big book in the library juvenile collection? Located on the second floor, big books were crowded into two rolling carts.


Not anymore! Each big book has been placed in large hanging media bag and the entire big book collection relocated next to the book kits. Hanging bags will make it easier to transport big books to and from the library and provide protection for the book during inclement weather.


Looking for a specific big book? Call numbers are located at the top left / bottom left side next to the spine of each book. The collection now has added functionality and browse-ability. Stop in and see the new big book area the next time you are in the library.

September 22, 2010

Library Walkway & Sidewalk

Yes, the library is open!

Please excuse the noise and dust. The walkway and sidewalk outside the library main entrance are being replaced. During construction, we recommend using the patio entrance on the north side of the building for easy access. Thank you for your patience.

September 19, 2010

LIC: Accent on Success

Accent on Success library instruction sessions meet in the LIC, or Library Instruction Classroom located on the ground floor of Ashland University Library. After entering the library, use the elevator directly across from the circulation desk, or the stairs, to the ground floor (G). The LIC is the large classroom located in the center of the ground floor with doors to the right, left, and around the back (across from the restrooms).

The following Accent on Success sessions scheduled are scheduled this week.

Monday, September 20th
  • Walters (Section A) 8:00 am
  • Herin (Section D) Noon
  • Moretz (Section O) 9:00 am
  • McDonald (Section X) 6:30 pm
  • Brohm (Nursing) 2:00 pm
  • Brohm (Nursing) 3:00 pm

Tuesday, September 21st

  • Metzger (Section C) 9:25 am
  • Stofer (Section H) 3:00 pm
  • Rosler (Section K) 12:15 pm
  • Kaskey (Section N) 10:50 am
  • Ajwa (Section R) 1:40 pm
  • Gorrecki (Section XX) 6:30 pm

Wednesday, September 22nd

  • Broda (Section F) 2:00 pm
  • Kaufman (Section G) 3:00 pm
  • Villareal (Section I) 11:00 am
  • Harkness (Section J) Noon
  • Garlock (Section M) 10:00 am
  • Fox (Section Q) 1:00 pm

Thursday, September 23rd

  • Walley (Section E) 8:00 am
  • Aune (Section L) 12:15 pm
  • Stratton (Section P) 9:25 am

Friday, September 24th

  • Heimann (Section B) Noon

Library instruction sessions for Accent on Success are conducted by AU reference librarians Craig Gable (cgable@ashland.edu), Jeff Pinkham (jpinkham@ashland.edu), and Kathryn Venditti (kvenditt@ashland.edu).

September 12, 2010

LIC: Accent on Success

Accent on Success library instruction sessions meet in the LIC, or Library Instruction Classroom located on the ground floor of Ashland University Library. After entering the library, use the elevator directly across from the circulation desk, or the stairs, to the ground floor (G). The LIC is the large classroom located in the center of the ground floor with doors to the right, left, and around the back (across from the restrooms).

The following Accent on Success sessions scheduled are scheduled this week.

Monday, September 13th
  • Walters (Section A) 8:00 am
  • Herin (Section D) Noon
  • Moretz (Section O) 9:00 am
  • McDonald (Section X) 6:30 pm
  • Brohm (Nursing) 2:00 pm
  • Brohm (Nursing) 3:00 pm

Tuesday, September 14th

  • Metzger (Section C) 9:25 am
  • Stofer (Section H) 3:05 pm
  • Rosler (Section K) 12:15 pm
  • Kaskey (Section N) 10:50 am
  • Ajwa (Section R) 1:40 pm
  • Gorrecki (Section XX) 6:30 pm

Wednesday, September 15th

  • Heimann (Section B) Noon
  • Broda (Section F) 2:00 pm
  • Kaufman (Section G) 3:00 pm
  • Villareal (Section I) 11:00 am
  • Garlock (Section M) 10:00 am
  • Fox (Section Q) 1:00 pm

Thursday, September 16th

  • Walley (Section E) 8:00 am
  • Aune (Section L) 12:15 pm
  • Stratton (Section P) 9:25 am

Friday, September 17th

  • Harkness (Section J) Noon

Library instruction sessions for Accent on Success are conducted by AU reference librarians Craig Gable (cgable@ashland.edu), Jeff Pinkham (jpinkham@ashland.edu), and Kathryn Venditti (kvenditt@ashland.edu).

September 9, 2010

Library Spotlight: Juvenile Books

AU library adds new books to its collection throughout the academic year. New books added to the juvenile collection are featured on the new book shelves on the library second floor, outside the Instructional Resource Center and adjacent to the juvenile stacks. The following juvenile and YA fiction titles have been added to the collection:



The Instructional Resource Center Blog routinely provides information regarding new additions to the IRC, juvenile, and education collections.

* This booklist was originally posted on the IRC News blog, Juvenile Books: Fiction, 9/8/10

September 3, 2010

Library Hours: Labor Day

The library is open this weekend & Labor Day!

Following the University Labor Day holiday schedule, the library is open regular hours this weekend: Saturday (9/4) from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday (9/5) 1:00 pm to midnight, and Monday (9/5) 7:45 am to midnight. Updates to regular hours are posted on the library web site. IRC hours updates on available the IRC web site and IRC news blog.

August 31, 2010

Library Spotlight: New Books

New books are added to the library collection throughout the academic year. When shelf ready, titles are featured on the new book shelf located on the main floor near the computer and recreational reading area. All titles have been selected by AU librarians and are subject to the library's collection development policy which includes professional reviews and recommendations by faculty members. Recent additions to the collection include:
Interested in recommending a book for the collection? Contact your library liaison for more information or submit a suggestion via the library catalog.

August 30, 2010

Update: Database Access

We continue to work on the problem discovered by students trying to access EBSCOHost databases, Academic Search Premier, Education Research Complete, from their laptops using Bradford. Access to these databases using computers in the library and Patterson 200 lab, and off campus are not affected, please use these computer resources until we have resolved the problem.

Thank you for your patience.

August 29, 2010

Bradford Network: Problems on-campus

On campus students using their laptops to access library databases via the Bradford Networks are experiencing problems; the network is not recognizing the proxy as on-campus or prompting login as an off-campus user.

We recommend you access databases through the OhioLINK web site.
This may or may not be a result of the new Bradford Network system. View the IT FAQ brochure to learn more. Please note the following update for returning students using the old Bradford Network system:
ATTENTION RETURNING STUDENTS: BEFORE you connect your computer to our network using wired OR wireless, you MUST UNINSTALL the Bradford Persistent Agent.-- IT FAQ Page

Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this problem.

August 27, 2010

Library Hours

Don't forget, the library is open this weekend!

The 2010 - 2011 fall hours schedule started Monday and the library is open Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm to midnight. Updates to regular hours are posted on the library web site. IRC hours updates on available the IRC web site and IRC news blog.

August 17, 2010

ISI Database Maintenance

From the producer of the ISI Citation Databases:  "Thomson Reuters will be performing maintenance to the ISI Web of Knowledge, EndNote Web and ResearcherID this coming Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 beginning 9:00 AM EDT. During this time, there will be disruption of service and access to these products including WoK Personalization. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause."

August 10, 2010

Planned Network Maintenance

From AU Office of Public Relations

"The Internet Service Provider for Ashland University will be performing network maintenance on Tuesday, August 10, from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. This outage will affect ALL internet connectivity including campus access to the Internet, and off-campus access to campus online resources such as ANGEL, WebAdvisor and the University campus website. Email will not be accessible during this time."

It will not be possible to get to library online resources or to order books through OhioLINK during the network maintenance period.

August 6, 2010

LexisNexis Academic's New Interface

LexisNexis Academic has undergone a gradual transformation to a new interface this summer.  The final transition takes place Saturday, August 7th, and for several hours in the early afternoon the database will be unavailable.  For assistance using the new interface, contact the Reference Librarians at 419-289-5402 or library@ashland.edu

IRC Hours Update

The IRC will be closed Monday, August 9th through Friday, August 13th. Summer hours will resume on Monday, August 16th.

A complete IRC hours calendar is available on the IRC web site.

August 3, 2010

Campus Wide Power Outage Scheduled

From AU Office of Public Relations

"On Thursday, August 5, there will be a scheduled campus wide power outage from 10 p.m. to 12 midnight for Ohio Edison service on the main substation. All campus buildings except the senior apartments will be without electricity (designated emergency power circuits in Kettering Sciences will run off the generator). In addition, all phone and information technology services (email, Angel, Internet access, etc.) will also be unavailable starting at 9 p.m. and will be back online early Friday morning following restoration of power." -8/3/10

The entire campus network system will be unavailable during this time. Systems affected include, but are not limited to, Angel, WebAdvisor, Exchange Email, Internet access, network printing, network file systems, Kronos, Datatel/Colleague, and Cbord.

July 27, 2010

Library Summer Hours

Beginning Saturday, July 31st, the following AU Library summer hours are in effect. The library is closed Saturday, July 31st.

July 31st - August 22nd

Monday through Friday - 8 am to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday - Closed

Instructional Resource Center hours and updates are posted on the IRC web site.

July 26, 2010

OhioLINK: Databases by Title

The OhioLINK Database by Name or Title list is currently unavailable. If you are working from the OhioLINK main page, Databases by Subject or Field and Databases by Type remain available. The problem has been reported and updates will be posted as they become available. More information is available on the OhioLINK What's New blog.

AU Library's Database by Title page is not affected by this problem.

Update 9:45 am - Access to Databases by Name or Title has been restored

July 16, 2010

Library Spotlight: New Books

AU library adds new books to it's circulating collection throughout the academic year. When shelf ready, new books are featured on the book shelf located on the main floor near the computer work area.

All titles have been selected by AU librarians and are subject to the library's collection development policy which includes professional reviews and recommendations by faculty members.

Recent additions to the circulating collection include:

Interested in recommending a book for the collection? Contact your library liaison for more information or submit a suggestion via the library catalog.

July 15, 2010

Library Spotlight: New Reference Books

AU library adds new books to it's reference collection throughout the academic year. When shelf ready, new books are featured on the book shelf located on the main floor near the computer work area.

All titles have been selected by AU librarians and are subject to the library's collection development policy which includes professional reviews and recommendations by faculty members.

Recent additions to the reference collection include:

July 14, 2010

Library Spotlight: New Books

AU library adds new books to it's collection throughout the academic year. When shelf ready, new books are featured on the book shelf located on the main floor near the new computer area. All titles have been selected by AU librarians and are subject to the library's collection development policy which includes professional reviews and recommendations by faculty members.

Recent additions to the collection include:

Interested in recommending a book for the collection? Contact your library liaison for more information or submit a suggestion via the library catalog.

July 13, 2010

OhioLINK: QuickSearch

"Quicksearch has been restored to full functionality and is again
available for patrons to use. "

July 9, 2010

OhioLINK: Quicksearch Update

From the OhioLINK What's New Blog & Facebook Page:

How long will it be before Quicksearch is running again?
In spite of several attempts to restore the service we must wait for specialized assistance from our software vendor in Israel to resolve the problem. At this time we do not anticipate that the Quicksearch service will be available again before the end of day Monday 7/12.



Update: "At this time we do not anticipate that the Quicksearch service will be fully available again before the mid-day Tuesday 7/13."

July 8, 2010

OhioLINK: QuickSearch Update

Reposted from the OhioLINK What's New Blog:

What is happening with Quicksearch?

Over the holiday weekend, the database connected to Quicksearch stopped working and OARnet was unable to restart it. OARnet staff determined the issue nvolved Ex Libris software. With help from Ex Libris, the Israel-based company that supports Quicksearch, functionality was restored on Sunday. However, on Wednesday morning, the server that hosts the database failed, causing problems with other connected software. OARnet is working closely with Ex Libris to repair the problems. The two incidents at this time do not appear to be related.


How long will it be before Quicksearch is running again?


The process for restoring service is underway. OARNet will begin to work directly with Ex Libris beginning at 1 a.m. Thursday, July 8th. It is estimated that the restoration period will completed within 24 hours. OARnet will provide a progress update at mid-day July 8th.


Where else can you find information for your research?


If you are looking for journal articles you might want to try searching in the lectronic Journal Center or Academic Search Complete. You can find ebooks by searching theElectronic Book Center.


Where can you find updates?


OhioLINK is posting updates about the situation in a number of places:

Posted by Zoe Stewart-Marshall at July 7, 2010 07:43 PM



July 7, 2010

OhioLINK: QuickSearch

OhioLINK's Facebook status reports:
"Quicksearch (and Article Search) is currently down. We thank you for your patience as our system engineers work to resolve the problem."

All other
OhioLINK services remain available.

July 6, 2010

Circulation: Loan Policy

Beginning July 1st, AU Library's loan policy rules for circulating books have been adjusted to match OhioLINK:
  • Books circulate for 3 weeks (21 days)
  • Book may be renewed 4 times
Renewals are contingent upon the possibility of requests by another patron. Maximum number of items to check out (25), fines (25 cents per day), and replacement fees (cost of item), remain the same.

Ashland University faculty may arrange for an extended circulation period for Ashland University Library materials. Please note that extended faculty loans are subject to recall.

IRC Update: Library 2nd floor

Library and IRC patrons will notice an immediate change in the second floor temperature this week. Sunday evening the air conditing unit filled the second floor with smoke and the unit is currently out of order.

We are thrilled to report no damage was sustained by any of the second floor's education, curriculum, or juvenile collections. However, as we await repairs to the unit, it will be very warm on the second floor.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

July 1, 2010

Library Hours: July 4th Weekend

In observance of Independence Day, Ashland University Library will have the following hours:

  • Friday, July 2nd: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 3rd: Library Closed
  • Sunday, July 4th: Library Closed
  • Monday, July 5th: Library Closed

Regular summer hours resume on Tuesday, July 6th.

June 30, 2010

OhioLINK Catalog Maintenance

The OhioLINK Library Catalog will be down for maintenance on Thursday, July 1st, from 7:00 p.m. to approximately 9:00 p.m.  This should not affect the AU Library Catalog except that it will not be possible to renew OhioLINK materials during the maintenance time.  OhioLINK apologizes for needing to do the maintenance during evening hours.

June 4, 2010

Library Spotlight: C.G. Jung's Red Book


Ashland University Library has recently acquired a facsimile edition of the "Red Book" by C.G. Jung, who contributed to the Psycho-Analytic movement an exploration of symbols and the collective unconscious.  The 205-page original was carefully hand-lettered by Jung in the style of an illuminated medieval manuscript, including lavish illustrations by the author.  The facsimile is accompanied by an annotated English translation of the German and Latin original.

This summer the Library of Congress will exhibit the original work, with a public symposium on June 19th.

June 3, 2010

Library Spotlight: Ohio Resource Center

The Ohio Resource Center for Mathematics, Science, and Reading spotlight topic is investigating The Science of Oil Spills.

"Current events present us with unique learning opportunities. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico gives us a chance to connect what budding scientists are learning in the classroom to the world. We've pulled together a set of materials that can be used to examine the oil spill through a variety of lenses. - ORC*ON, The Ohio Resource Center

E-publications are presented by grade level, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12, and detail a variety of resources including podcasts, lessons, and activities covering the oil spill, it's environmental impact, clean up, and response.

*Originally published on IRC News Blog.

May 26, 2010

Library Hours: Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, Ashland University Library hours are as follows:

Friday, May 28th: Close at 4:00 pm
Saturday, May 29th: Library Closed
Sunday, May 30th: Library Closed
Monday, May 31st: Library Closed

Regular summer hours will resume on Tuesday, June 1st.

May 19, 2010

Library Resources Unavailable Wednesday
after 9:00 pm

A scheduled power outage for several campus buildings Wednesday night, May 19th, is likely to take all library resources offline from about 9:00 p.m.to about 12:30 a.m.  This will affect both on-campus and off-campus access to the library catalog, databases, and the library website as a whole.  It will also prevent access to OhioLINK resources that require authentication and will make it impossible to order OhioLINK books as an AU student.



All resources should be fully functional by early Thursday morning.

May 17, 2010

Library Spotlight: New Books

AU library adds new books to it's collection throughout the academic year. When shelf ready, new books are featured on the book shelf located on the main floor near the new computer area. All titles have been selected by AU librarians and are subject to the library's collection development policy which includes professional reviews and recommendations by faculty members. Recent additions to the collection include:

Interested in recommending a book for the collection? Contact your library liaison for more information or submit a suggestion via the library catalog.

May 14, 2010

OhioLINK: Facebook Status

Today, information from OhioLINK's Facebook wall:

OhioLINK Are you concerned about your privacy on Facebook? Why or why not? Check out this visual representation of the available
privacy settings: NYT Facebook Privacy





Interested? Consider the accompanying article, The Price of Facebook Privacy? Start Clicking , for additional information about privacy and the new 'opt out' settings recently instituted on Facebook.

"Pop quiz: Which is longer, the United States Constitution or Facebook’s Privacy Policy?"



"If you guessed the latter, you’re right. Facebook’s Privacy Policy is 5,830 words long; the United States Constitution, without any of its amendments, is a concise 4,543 words." --
Nick Bilton, The Price of Facebook Privacy, NYT, 5/12/10

May 9, 2010

Library Summer Hours 2010


Library summer hours begin Monday, May 10, 2010. Exceptions to regular summer operating hours, including holidays, are posted on the library web site.


May 10th to July 31st

Monday through Thursday - 8 am to 10 pm
Friday - 8 am to 5 pm
Saturday - 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday - Closed

Instructional Resource Center hours and updates are posted on the IRC web site.

May 6, 2010

Library Hours: End of term

AU Library hours for post-finals and graduation weekend:


Thursday, May 6th - Close 5 pm

Friday, May 7th - 8 am to 5 pm

Saturday, May 8th - Closed

Sunday, May 9th - Closed


Summer hours begin Monday, May 10th.


Congratulations to Ashland University's 2010 graduates!

May 1, 2010

Library Extended Hours

Extended Hours continue through Wednesday evening, May 5th. The library will open at our regular time and remaining open until 2:00 a.m. providing study and work space for interested students.

A complete extended hours calendar is available on the library web page.


Week of May 2nd
Sunday, May 2nd 1:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday, May 3rd - Wednesday, May 5th 7:45 am - 2:00 am


Extended hours do not apply to the Instructional Resource Center (IRC), library second floor. Color printing and IRC materials and supplies are not be available during extended hours. Ashland University Library wishes everyone success on the end of year studies and exams.

April 30, 2010

Library Spotlight: New Books

AU library adds new books to it's collection throughout the academic year. When shelf ready, new books are featured on the book shelf located on the main floor near the new computer area. All titles have been selected by AU librarians and are subject to the library's collection development policy which includes professional reviews and recommendations by faculty members. Recent additions to the collection include:


Interested in recommending a book for the collection? Contact your library liaison for more information or submit a suggestion via the library catalog.

April 29, 2010

OhioLINK: Facebook status

From OhioLINK's Facebook wall

Did you know? Approximately 600,000 users downloaded 4.5 million articles last year from OhioLINK's Electronic Journal Center!



"Electronic Journal Center (OhioLINK) includes the full text of more than 7000 online research journals covering many subject areas. Most electronic indexes available to the Ohio academic community link from article citations to the full text in the EJC" (about EJC).

April 28, 2010

OhioLINK: Problems with EBC

Users have reported problems with the Electronic Book Center; it is possible to search the EBC and view results, but an error displays with the full text link.

From OhioLINK: Our apologies for the interruption in service and we are working to get this resolved as soon as possible.


Additional electronic book, or or e-book, resources are available on the library web site including:

April 24, 2010

Library Extend Hours Begin

It's time! Sunday, April 25th, the library extended hours schedule begings. The library will open at the regular time and remain open until 2:00 a.m. providing study and work space for interested students.

A complete extended hours calendar is available on the library web site.


Week of April 25th

Sunday, April 25th 1:00 pm - 2:00 am

Monday, April 26th - Thursday, April 29th 7:45 am - 2:00 am


Week of May 2nd

Sunday, May 2nd 1:00 pm - 2:00 am

Monday, May 3rd - Wednesday, May 5th 7:45 am - 2:00 am


Extended hours do not apply to the Instructional Resource Center (IRC), library second floor. Color printing and IRC materials and supplies are not be available during extended hours. Ashland University Library wishes everyone success on the end of year studies and exams.

April 23, 2010

OhioLINK Catalog Maintenance

The OhioLINK Central Catalog will be down on Saturday, April 24th, at 9:00 pm for approximately one hour for scheduled maintenance. All services that rely upon access to the central catalog will be unavailable for this time.  This will affect information available through the "Find It" links in databases as well as book ordering or renewals.

What's New: 21st Century Learning Skills

From AU News and the Dwight Schar College of Education, information about the 21st Century Learning Skills Summit scheduled for Columbus in early May.

21st Century Learning Skills Summit

Named as a “leadership state” with the national Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the state of Ohio has made a commitment to transform the public education system, improve the college readiness of students and build a globally competitive labor force. To kick off this commitment, an Ohio Summit on 21st Century Learning Skills will be held on May 4 at the Crown Plaza Hotel Columbus North at 6500 Doubletree Ave. in Columbus. This Summit is co-hosted by Ashland University and the Ohio Department of Education. More information is available at
http://bit.ly/94uFYF. -- AU News

April 22, 2010

Library Spotlight: Earth Day 2010

Looking for Earth Day 2010 resources? A great place to start is the Earth Day CyberExhibit created by the UB Libraries, University at Buffalo.

Earth Day 2010 - 40 Years of Environmental Learning
1970-2010: 40 Years

The UB Libraries presents a CyberExhibit (originally curated in 2000 on the 30th anniversary of Earth Day) commemorating the anniversary of Earth Day, which includes: a brief history of Earth Day, a listing of selected international, national, state, local, and campus Internet resources, and other materials. A special feature on education is added for the 40th Anniversary with expanded resources for kids,and teachers/educators in formal K-12 and non-formal (nature centers, museums, parks, camps, zoos, etc.) settings. -- University at Buffalo Libraries


April 6, 2010

Ronk Lecture Hall: Denise Fleming

A quick reminder, Denise Fleming will be presenting at 10:00 am today in the Ronk Lecture Hall, Dwight Schar COE.

Ashland University to Host Children’s Author & Illustrator

Ashland University will host professional children's author and illustrator Denise Fleming on Tuesday, April 6, at 10 a.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Dwight Schar College of Education. Fleming’s presentation is free and open to the public, however seating is limited. Fleming has written and illustrated 14 picture books. In 1994, her book, “In a Small, Small Pond,” was awarded a Caldecott Honor Award, which is the highest honor in children's literature. There will be a book signing after the presentation. Fleming's visit to Ashland University is part of the Guest Author Lecture Series, which is supported by a donation from the Hire Family Foundation and sponsored by the Early Childhood Department at Ashland University.

April 5, 2010

EBSCO's Enhanced PDF Viewer

EBSCO databases such as Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, and Education Research Complete have a new PDF viewer that allows quick navigation from one article to full text of other articles in the same journal.  A brief video describing the new features can be viewed at http://www.ebscohost.com/special/movies/pdfViewer/ThePDFViewerInEBSCOhost.htm

If you have trouble viewing PDF articles in an EBSCO database, contact the AU Reference desk at library@ashland.edu or 419-289-5402.

March 31, 2010

Library Hours: Easter Break

Library Hours for Easter Break:
  • Thursday, April 1st - Close 4:00 pm
  • Friday, April 2nd - Closed
  • Saturday, April 3rd - Closed
  • Easter Sunday, April 4th - Closed

Regular hours resume at 7:45 am on Monday, April 5th. Have a safe and joyous Easter Break.

March 30, 2010

Library Spotlight: Census Day

April 1, 2010 is "Census Day" for every household in the U.S. As you prepare for the arrival of your 2010 Census questionnaire take a few moments to view "From Inkwell to Internet: The History of the U.S. Census 1790 to 2000."


Featured Video: From Inkwell to Internet
The History of the U.S. Census




More information about the Census is available on the U.S. Census Bureau History site. Be sure to visit the Census display in the library basement, directly across from the elevators.


-- submitted by Karin Hootman

March 24, 2010

OhioLINK EJC and Databases

OhioLINK has reported more problems with keyword searching in the Electronic Journal Center and various OhioLINK databases, not including those from EBSCO.  For assistance contact our reference librarians at 491-289-5402 or library@ashland.edu.

Author Visit: Denise Fleming

AU to Host Children’s Author and Illustrator

"Ashland University will host professional children's author and illustrator Denise Fleming on Tuesday, April 6, at 10 a.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Dwight Schar College of Education. Fleming’s presentation is free and open to the public, however seating is limited. Fleming has written and illustrated 14 picture books. In 1994, her book, “In a Small, Small Pond,” was awarded a Caldecott Honor Award, which is the highest honor in children's literature. There will be a book signing after the presentation. Fleming's visit to Ashland University is part of the Guest Author Lecture Series, which is supported by a donation from the Hire Family Foundation and sponsored by the Early Childhood Department at Ashland University." -- AU News 3/20/10


Interested in books by Denise Fleming? The library juvenile collection includes Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp, The Cow Who Clucked, Alphabet Under Construction, perennial favorite Barnyard Banter and Caldecott Honor Award winner In the Small, Small, Pond.

Click here to view a complete listing of Denise Fleming titles in the library catalog.

-- Originally posted on IRC News Blog 3/23/10

March 22, 2010

Problem Resolved: OhioLINK EJC & OSearch

From the OhioLINK user services list and OhioLINK What's New Blog:

"The remaining issues in this problem have now been resolved. If you encounter EJC or OSearch problems, please be sure to report them to your library."

"Thanks, and sorry again for the inconvenience."

Update: OhioLINK EJC & OSearch

From the OhioLINK user services list:

"The EJC and all OSearch databases should now all be available for use (as always, if you still see problems, please clear your browser cache and try again before reporting them)."

"Searching on EJC (which includes OLinks-to-EJC linking) is not back up yet, and OARnet is still on the case. "

OhioLINK EJC & OSearch Down

From the OhioLINK user services list and OhioLINK's What's New blog:

"As of 8:00am Monday, the EJC is unavailable for users, as are all OSearch databases *except* for PsycINFO, Historical PsycINFO, ERIC, and BIOSIS. We have an urgent ticket open with our systems group to restore access ASAP, and will post updates as needed. Our apologies for the inconvenience."

March 5, 2010

Library Hours: Spring Break

Library hours for spring for Spring Break:
  • Saturday 3/6 & Sunday 3/7 - Closed
  • Monday 3/8 through Friday 3/12 - 8 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday 3/13 - Closed
The library will be open Sunday evening, March 14th, from 6 pm to midnight. Regular hours resume at 7:45 am, Monday, March 15th.

Have a safe and happy Spring Break!

IRC Hours: Spring Break

March 4, 2010

Library Spotlight: Renewing Your Books

Spring Break is just around the corner, now is a good time to check your library account to check due dates, renew items, and verify the standing of your OhioLINK requests. The easiest way to do this is to use the My Library Account link.

Located with Quick Links on the library home page, choose My Library Account and enter your name and university ID to view your current record. Information regarding items checked out to you, including OhioLINK and AU library titles, due dates, and holds is presented. When renewing, be sure to verify renewals are accepted and make note of the new due date displayed after the renewal is accepted.


As always, you can call the circulation desk and renew books over the phone.
Refer to the AU Library Circulation Policies page for additional information regarding loan periods, fines, renewals, holds and recalls, overdue notices, and OhioLINK returns and pick up.

March 1, 2010

LexisNexis Scheduled Maintenance

Because of required maintenance, LexisNexis Academic will be unavailable to users from Saturday, March 13, 11:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Sunday, March 14, 6:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

February 24, 2010

Library Notices via Email

The library circulation system is currently experiencing problems sending email overdue notices and OhioLINK pick-up notifications. We are sorry for this inconvenience and are working with the systems technicians to rectify the problem.

When managing your library account, don't forget:
  • Due dates are stamped on all items at check out.
  • Patrons remain responsible for renewing items prior to their due date and returning materials on time.
  • It is possible to view and renew your library record at any time using the My Library Account link under Quick Links on the library home page.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the library circulation and reserve desk at extension 5400.

February 16, 2010

Library Spotlight: Alex Award Winners

The following titles, 2010 Alex Award Winners, are part of the library collection. This award is administered by YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, and announced at ALA's midwinter meetings as part of the annual Youth Media Awards.

"The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002."


"The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends." -- YALSA, Alex Awards


Alex Award winners may be located in the juvenile, general circulating, and recreational reading collections. Check location in the catalog and please feel free to ask if you need assistance locating one of these books.

Additional 2010 Youth Media Award winners were announced January 18, 2010.

February 11, 2010

Planned Internet Outage

Please note the following message from Public Relations & IT:

Planned Internet Outage:

Our Internet Service Provider will be performing emergency network maintenance tonight, Feb. 12, from 12 midnight to 3 A.M.



During this time all services available from off campus including ANGEL, the AU website and Exchange will be unavailable. On-campus users can expect to have access to all campus resources with the exception of internet access. While we expect around 5 minutes of down time, some resources may be down for the entire duration of the maintenance window.


Off campus use of the Library Catalog, LibGuides, and OhioLINK should not be affected by this outage. During this time, please use OhioLINK for your database access.

February 9, 2010

Library Hours Update

Due to the weather, the library is closing at 4:00 pm, Tuesday, February 9th and will be closed Wednesday, February 10th.

For additional information on campus closings, see the Cancellation List: Campus to be Closed Wednesday, February 10th.

January 28, 2010

Library Spotlight: New Databases

Ashland Theological Seminary Library has added two new databases to the collaborative Library database collection:


Guide to Social Science & Religion in Periodical Literature

"For more than 40 years, National Periodical Library as published the Guide to Social Science and Religion in Periodical Literature. This publication provides essential data in such areas as: Religion, Psychology, the Arts, Sociology, Politics, Education, and more. Guide to Social Science & Religion is essential to any organization dealing with research science, and to any individual utilizing research science to gather pertinent information." -- AU Library Database Information


Religious and Theological Abstracts

"Religious and Theological Abstracts prepares summaries of articles from scholarly journals in the fields of Religion and Theology. Summaries are composed from the core of volunteer abstractors located throughout the USA, Canada, and several other countries. The variety of periodical literature includes Christian, Jewish and other World religions. Religious and Theological Abstracts provides English language abstracts of articles in Hebrew, Afrikaans, and major European languages. This helpful resource assists with any research pertaining to the fields of Religion and Theology." -- AU Library Database Information


Access to these database resources is available via the library's Databases by Title web page.

January 27, 2010

OhioLINK: EBC

Update: The OhioLINK Electronic Book Center (EBC) is fully operational:

"The problems with the EBC have been resolved and everything should be working again. Please report any additional problems you may have to We apologize for any inconvenience the interruption in service may have caused." -- Zoe Marshall, OhioLINK User Services

OhioLINK: EBC

As reported by user-services at OhioLINK, EBC is experiencing problems today.

"We are aware of the problems with the EBC and it has been reported to the system engineers. They are looking into it and we hope to have a resolution soon." -- Zoe Marshall, OhioLINK Mailing List

January 24, 2010

Library Spotlight: New Books

AU library adds new books to it's collection throughout the academic year. When shelf ready, new books are featured on the book shelf located on the main floor near the new computer area.

All titles have been selected by AU librarians and are subject to the library's collection development policy which includes professional reviews and recommendations by faculty members. Recent additions to the collection include:
Interested in recommending a book for the collection? Contact your library liaison for more information or submit a suggestion via the library catalog.

January 20, 2010

Numismatic Center Hours

The Numismatic Center on the 6th floor of Ashland University Library has new hours this semester:

Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:00 am -- 11:30 am, and by appointment.

Contact information is available at the Reference Desk, 419-289-5402, or library@ashland.edu

January 14, 2010

Library Hours: MLK Holiday

In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, library hours are as follows:
  • Friday, Janaury 15 - Close 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 16 - Closed
  • Sunday, January 17 - Closed
  • Monday, January 18 - Open 6 pm to midnight
Regular library hours resume at 7:45 am on Tuesday, January 19th.

January 12, 2010

Library Catalog

Systems librarian Janice Marotta reports the library catalog security certificate will be updated on Monday, January 18th. Until that time, users may notice a security certificate alert when reloading a catalog page, requesting OhioLINK books, or trying to renew or view your library record.
  • If using Internet Explorer, simply choose the option: continue to this website.
  • If using Mozilla it may take a few more steps, but you will be able to move beyond the expired security certificate.
Thank you for your patience and as always, please feel free to ask for help.

Note: This issue was previously posted on 9/21/09.