Saturday, November 13, 2010

Reference Stat Sheets

We had no blank stat sheets when I came in to work today (Saturday), and no one here has any idea where they may be stored. I was thinking it might be a good idea to save a copy on the reference desk computer, that way we can print some out as they are needed.


Friday, October 29, 2010

IMM Reference Transcript Log not working

Because of CMS updating I was unable to paste the chats into the log. I pasted into a word document that is on the desktop. I figured when those people get through with wonking us around we can paste them in then. Hopefully it will work again tomorrow and Sunday. Putting the 2 in after the www doesn't work for this site.


If you are trying to link to a CCL web page and it's not working, put a 2 after the www
Or use until our site is updated.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

SFX Should be Working Well Now

The problem with SFX in which JSTOR and IIMPFT links were not connecting for off-campus users should now be fixed.

The only problem with linking inside of SFX that Mykie and I are aware of right now is the traditional problem of Lexis-Nexis not going directly to the article.

If any of you discover bad links in SFX please report them to Mykie. It is particularly helpful if you spot a bad link when you are connecting from home. You can Cc me for everything if you like, but if an error message mentions EZProxy, then definitely let me know about it.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

DOI Numbers

I had a phone call from a student today who needed a DOI number for an article being used. I had never heard of this before, and had no idea how to access it at all, particularly from our databases. I think our nursing students have to use it pretty often. I muddled through enough to get the number from another source, however, I thought it might be useful if someone who had the knowledge could explain exactly how to locate the number and whether or not the number is specific to the article only, or to the article and the place that is holding it. Or am I the only one who doesn't know?



Friday, September 10, 2010

A difference between SFX and Classic with regard to journals

Something to be aware of. The SFX menu will display links to freely available open-source versions of journals. The classic catalog record for the same journal will usually display our print holdings and any electronic access that we pay for.

At the moment we’re trying to figure out why some of these links in SFX are faulty. But even after we get them fixed everyone should realize that for any given journal there could be this disparity.

At the Ref Desk we have always treated the catalog record as the definitive source for our journal holdings. We should continue to do so with the understanding that SFX does contain some ‘extras’ that are not presently accounted for in the catalog record. As you can see from Mykie’s message below these may be worked into the catalog at some point in the future.


From: Mykie Howard
Sent: Friday, September 10, 2010 9:24 AM
To: Tom Kmetz
Cc: Mark Aaron Jarvis; Ophelia H. Chapman
Subject: RE: Why are Open Source Journals Insisting to be Proxied in SFX?

Anything that is “free” in SFX is not cataloged in Voyager. Perhaps that’s something Bridgette and I can look into in the future, but for now, we’re concentrating on pd. things. She’s still working on the recent JSTOR collections we purchased.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Bug - EBSCOhost folder


When you are searching in EBSCOhost and wish to select items for printing, e-mailing, or exporting you need to click on "add to folder" for each item and then run those operations after clicking into the folder.

At the moment the folder is not saving items that are clicked on. You will notice the when you try to connect to individual database such as AGRICOLA, ERIC, etc. However, the folder works fine when you use the default article search box on the library's home page.

This has been reported at other institutions, so it is system-wide bug that EBSCO is aware of and which they have made a top priority to fix.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tutoring and Learning Center in the Library

Sandy has posted signs throughout the library to let everyone know about the lab on the third floor, Seminar Rm B (Rm 305). It's called TLC@CCL. Catchy, huh? The hours are posted on the signs. There are no hours on Friday. The hours for Monday through Thursday are 5-9pm with extra hours on Tuesday and Thursday 8am-10:15am.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wireless Connection Assistance

When I asked Xavier about the CD that we used to have to give out to people to install the wireless drivers, he recommended that we not try to keep it updated. So instead of having a CD in the drawer, I have placed a shortcut on the Ref Desk PC to the page where the most up-to-date drivers may be downloaded.

Student Workers

Our workers will be starting this week. Please be aware of the times that you are initialing for them as they sign in and out. They must enter their time on the quarter hour such as 1:00, 1:15, 1:30 or 1:45. It should also note whether it is A.M. or P.M.

Also, please remind them that they must wear a Student Worker badge located in the drawer with their time cards. They should wear this badge when they are on the job.

If there are any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me. Thanks for your help.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Declaration of Independence & U.S. Constitution

This fall, all ENG 100 and ENG 200 students will be required to take final written exams based on the Declaration of Independence & U.S. Constitution, respectively. ENG 100 faculty are being told to encourage their students to read the Declaration before the exam. They are also being given the option to “require students to retrieve their own copy of the documents and build an assignment around the retrieval process if they wish.” I don’t know yet the exact nature of the ENG 200 assignment on the Constitution.
In my opinion, the best online source for both documents is at the National Archives Charters of Freedom page:

Just wanted to give you the heads up that we may have a lot of students asking about these documents at the ref desk and suggest a link to point students to.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Open Access to journal Estuaries for Oil Spill Information

In case you get some inquires about the oil spill (let us hope someone will be interested):

Brian C. Reeder, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy Morehead State University

Visitor's Eagle Card

FYI. The card is missing.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

"Free" Fax

If students need to fax a document (2-3 pages), there are websites that will fax for free. See or just Google "Free Fax." There are a variety of free fax websites. What's the catch? They will insert one sheet of advertising. If the University Bookstore is closed, this is another way they can send a fax.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Two Important Improvements to EBSCOhost Interface

Enhanced PDF Viewer:
To view a short demonstration of this new feature, click here.

Subjects on Result List Items:
Due to customer feedback, individual records within the EBSCOhost Result List now display subject headings for all applicable databases and libraries. This feature is defaulted on for academic and medical communities. Others can enable the feature via EBSCOadmin.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

"Text Me this Call Number" is working again.

The 'Text me this call number' feature has been restored. Thank you all for bringing this to my attention and for your patience.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Art casts from the Met

List of Art Casts Donated to the Library from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Title Location
Relief representing return after a victory Room 217/map room
Relief, Dynasty V, Domestic Geese and Cranes Room 235/2nd floor of the tower
Head from large statue of Amon and Horemheb/
Seated statue of Amenhotep III Room 235/2nd floor of the tower
Amenhotep II, head from a kneeling statue Room 235/2nd floor of the tower
Cleopatra Room 217/map room
Goddess Hathor Room 235/2nd floor of the tower
Head of a Queen Room 235/2nd floor of the tower
Group representing Hathor in the form of a cow
protecting Psamtik Room 235/2nd floor of the tower
Oxen led to the Sacrifice Room 235/2nd floor of the tower
Milking Scene Room 235/2nd floor of the tower
Seated Statuette of Amenemhat Room 235/2nd floor of the tower
David with the Head of Goliath Room 310/3rd floor of the tower
Angels singing and playing musical instruments:
two of ten bronze relief panels (2 pieces) Room 309/3rd floor above map room
Saint John the Baptist Room 310/3rd floor of the tower
Piero de’Medici. Marble portrait bust
in the Bargello 4th Floor of the Tower
Matteo Palmieri. Marble portrait bust
in the Bargello Room 120/LRC
Voltaire perroque Room 216

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Names Carved on the Exterior of the Library

The names were chosen because they had all written things that had contributed to social change.

The six visible names on the front of the library are:

Lowell [James Russell]

Dewey [John]

Lincoln [Abraham]

Milton [John]


Dickens [Charles]

There are four names on the East exterior wall of the original building which are still visible from 3rd floor windows of the East Tower are

Poe [Edgar Allan]

Hawethorne [Nathaniel]

Coates [?]

Watterson [Henry]

On the West exterior wall four names were covered up by the new construction of the West addition.

Shakespeare [William]

Froebel [Friedrich]

Shelley [Percy Bysshe]

Carlyle [Thomas]