August 30, 2011

WorldCat Celebrates 40 Years

Founded in Ohio 40 years ago, WorldCat now includes the holdings of 72,000 libraries in 170 countries worldwide.  "On August 26, 1971, the OCLC Online Union Catalog and Shared Cataloging system (now known as WorldCat) began operation. That first day, from a single terminal, catalogers at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, cataloged 133 books online. Today, WorldCat comprises more than 240 million records representing more than 1.7 billion items in OCLC member libraries worldwide."  Happy Birthday WorldCat!

OhioLINK OSearch Databases Available

From the OhioLINK Facebook page:  "All OhioLINK databases are back up and running. Thanks for your patience, everyone!"

Please feel free to call the reference desk, extension 5402 or 419-289-5402, if you notice any continuing issues with OhioLINK OSearch database access.

August 29, 2011

Update: OhioLINK OSearch Databases

The OSearch Database server will be off-line today until further notice (8/29). Updates and information will be posted as it becomes available. Databases affected by this outage include:
  • PsycINFO
  • ERIC (the OSearch version only)

Please feel free to call the reference desk, extension 5402 or 419-289-5402, with any questions or concerns related to this issue.

OhioLINK OSearch Databases

From OhioLINK's user services department:

Temporary service has been restored to a failed server. You may notice some slowness or intermittent time outs when using the following OSearch databases:
  • PsycINFO
  • ERIC (the OSearch version only)

August 12, 2011

Faculty College: Library Session

Join reference librarians Craig Gable, Jeff Pinkhan, and Kathryn Venditti in the Library Instruction Classroom (library ground floor) at 1:00 pm on Thursday, August 18th.

"Designed for new and returning faculty at all AU campuses, this session will help faculty become actuanted with library staff, our collection, and faculty services. learn how to use the library web site to access datbases, e-journals, e-books, research grant sources, and digital media. We will discuss electronic services, your library acquisition requestions, interlibrary loan, OhioLINK automated book borrowing, and current awareness services geared to your research interests. We will also cover our library instruction programs that tailors assignment-specific research sessions for your classes on any AU campus."

August 8, 2011

OhioLINK Music Center

New from OhioLINK, The OhioLINK Music Center!
"OhioLINK announces the launch of the OhioLINK Music Center (OMC),, featuring more than 78,000 tracks and 21,000 works from the Naxos Music Library. Users can search for and listen to tracks in six genres -- Chinese music, classical music, opera, jazz, spoken word and world music -- with works from many well-known composers, including Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Chopin, Strauss, Copeland, and Ellington."

"Access to the music files is restricted to the students, faculty and staff of OhioLINK member institutions, and off-campus access is available. Flash player is required. Catalog records for the albums should be available in the central catalog in the next few weeks."
Need help accessing this resource? Contact a reference librarian via chat, email , or phone x5402. Better yet, stop by the information desk on the main floor to learn more about this resource.

August 4, 2011

Library Solar Panels

The Ashland University Goes Green Facebook page recently uploaded a photo album with picture of the new solar panels on the south side of Ashland University Library.

Image from Library Solar Panels Album - AU Goes Green

"The AU Goes Green facebook group serves the Ashland University community in informing members about green events and initiatives." - About AU Goes Green
On Facebook?  Don't forget to visit and like the Ashland University Library Facebook page for news, information and timely tips.