Considering graduate school or a career with a competency exam? As a new year begins, we want to remind folks to visit AskRI.org for access to GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, MCAT and PCAT preparation tests, Practice Entrance Tests for health occupations, and a variety of other valuable resources.
Do you find it’s still too loud for studying – even in the designated library quiet zones? Stop by Borrower Services and pick up a free pair of individually packaged ear plugs! Great for studying in the library, sleeping in your dorm, meditating outside, or anywhere else you need some quiet time on campus. You will be surprised at how effective they are in blocking out unwanted noise. Check out this article, Quiet Please, from Slate Magazine.
Don’t forget to follow the directions for usage on the package or take a peek at this page from the University of Wisconsin for proper fit.
I know, I know what you are thinking. You all are using your brains so much during the semester that you cannot bear to read a blog post about them. Well, you’re in luck! This here is a post about zombies. Zombies that are IN THE LIBRARY and you should totally check them out!
In the past few years we’ve seen zombie films and television series abound and along with that comes books about zombies. Here are a few that you may want to take a look at if you have a thing for zombies and want to mix up your love of them with your academic pursuits. It is possible. I swear.
Finally, don’t forget that we have a zombie librarian among us! Check this out!
The Douglas & Judith Krupp Library’s Borrower Services Department has positions open for the Fall 2014 semester.
The library is a dynamic and customer service oriented place and we seek student employees that can fit this bill!
For position descriptions and application information click the link below.
Have you ever IM-ed a Librarian? If you have you may have experienced something pretty cool. You asked a question and the librarian said “If you give me a quick minute, I can show you how to use this database” or “Just a sec and I’ll send you a short video on how to do that.”
The library staff is making use of some freely* available tools to help teach you how to be an independent library user. Now don’t get us wrong, we love helping you with your intriguing queries. We get to learn something new every time you ask a question! But… we also want to contribute to your success as a well educated and capable individual upon graduation and part of that is giving you the tools to “do it yourself!”
We have two approaches we use to demonstrate search strategies, how to use a particular database, where to find a book, etc.
- Video-casting – The library uses the free version of a tool called Jing (by TechSmith) to quickly record a specific activity on our computer screen. We can add voice overs, but often simply show where to go, what to type, what to click and more without sound. Because of the design of the tool, we are able to create a video, upload it and generate a link for you in less than a minute. That means that you are given visual instruction to teach you how to find the answer to your query often in a matter of minutes! See an example here.
- Screen-sharing – The library uses a the free version of a tool called Join.me to share our screen with you, an IM user, on the fly. We simply send a link through the IM chat box, you click and immediately you are able to see our screen and all we do on our computer. This has several perks such as an embedded chat box, the ability for us to give you control of our computer and more! Screen-sharing with Join.me even allows us to work collaboratively online, if you want to demonstrate something to the librarian; it can function as a two-way street.
The feedback we have received from you, the student, has been really positive. So next time you decide to IM the library, feel free to ask to see our screen or get a video to demonstrate the “how-to” answer to your question. Maybe you’ll find a way to use the tools for your group projects or help your friend figure out how to set-up a new feature on their Facebook profile.
We look forward to getting your next question and teaching you via Instamatic Instruction, how to find your answer!*We often refer to free versions of tools as “free-for-now.” With the quick evolution of web-based services, companies often take away the free version once they’ve got users hooked, so it is always a good idea to have other tools to choose from as alternatives. Here are a couple: Screencast-O-Matic Skype with Screen-sharing – We have used this tool with students studying abroad. There are many others available at a cost… enjoy exploring!
Now through the end of March, the HELIN consortium is trialing 60 databases! That’s right folks, you now can access many databases that are not traditionally available through the library’s subscriptions. Resources include Bizminer, Euromonitor, Sport Business Research Network, ADAM Interactive Anatomy Online, Ethnographic Video Online and the Bibliography of British and Irish History, just to name a few.
To access the trials go to the Articles and Databases page from the library website or simply click HELIN TRIALS.
If you have feedback on any of the products please email us and let us know all about it! firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out by watching this really short video.
Okay so perhaps this was an excuse to play with a really cool free tool, but we are happy to make some other films. Suggestions anyone?