Library Schedule for Final Exams (Dec. 11-21)

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No sense in trying to deny it, Finals are upon us once again.  But at least we’ll be operating with an expanded schedule to help better serve your studying needs, so maybe we can all get through this together?  Here’s when we’ll be open during exams:

Finals Fall 2015

Best of luck to you all!

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IMPORTANT NEWS: Bryant’s Exit from the HELIN Catalog

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In case you missed the email messages that have gone out to the Bryant community this summer, the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library is leaving the HELIN catalog and will be moving its catalog and backend systems to OCLC’s WorldShare Management System (WMS).  You may have already used the catalog this summer, as the links from our website were switched over to WMS several weeks ago, but we expect everything to be fully migrated by September 1st, if not sooner.

Due to the advanced timeline, lending and borrowing activities between Bryant and other HELIN libraries will pause during the last stage of the migration period.  We have worked with the HELIN office to come up with final lending and borrowing dates:

LAST DAY TO REQUEST – AUGUST 12 (last date for HELIN libraries to request Bryant books, and last date for Bryant to request books from HELIN libraries).

LAST CHECKOUT DATE  – AUGUST 19 (this gives a full week for the books to be in transit to Bryant or from Bryant which allows time on the hold shelf for patron pickup)

DUE DATE – SEPTEMBER 7 (this allows for a 19 day borrowing period and for 2 weeks for overdue notices and to collect on overdue books).  If your library users cannot return Bryant items by this date, please let us know and we can switch the HELIN checkout to an interlibrary loan.

Once we are fully migrated, Bryant holdings may be searched via the WorldCat link in the HELIN catalog or by searching directly in Bryant’s new catalog at http://bryant.on.worldcat.org/discovery  The catalog is still evolving, but will allow you to search for items here at Bryant, throughout the state of Rhode Island, and in libraries worldwide.

Bryant will remain a member of HELIN until December 31, 2015, but even beyond that date we will still be an active member of the library community both here in Rhode Island and beyond our borders, and will work with patrons and other libraries alike to foster cooperating and connect people with the information resources they need.

This will be a time of enormous change for everyone, ourselves included, and we are happy to speak with anyone about any questions, concerns, or even fears they may have.  Our top priority is always providing our patrons with the best service possible and this is not a move we make lightly or without consideration.  We think this will be of great benefit to all of our community, and ask for your patience, understanding, and feedback during our transition period and beyond.  All of our contact information can be found at this link.

Google Scholar Guide

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Hello Bryant professors (and Bryant students who are getting published)! Are you on Google Scholar yet? You should be! Google Scholar lets you create a profile for yourself that will highlight your published works and make them easier to find online. Here are a few benefits to creating a profile:

  • Your profile will shows how many times each of your works has been cited by others
  • Gives you more visibility online so more users can find your articles
  • Your profile will link to all your work, and you’ll be linked to as a co-author on others’ pages, which makes it easy for users to find other articles you’ve written

To get started creating your own profile, go to this link and click “Get started with Google Scholar Citations.” Fill in your information, such as name, institution, your Bryant email address, areas of interest, and your webpage, and click next.

Google Scholar form

Next, you can select the articles you’ve written from the list Google gives you. To add an article to your profile, click “Add article.”

Google Scholar choose articles

When you’re done selecting all your articles, click Next step on the bottom left, and choose whether to let Google Scholar to automatically update your profile to correct citations or delete redundant entries, or whether you’d rather be emailed and make the changes yourself.

Google will also send you an email to verify your email address–just click the “Verify email address” link in the email they send out to do this.

Another key step is to make your profile public by clicking the Edit link next to “My profile is private” and select “My profile is open.” A public profile will allow others to view your profile, since private profiles will not show up in Google Scholar. If you’d like, upload a picture of yourself and make any other edits to your profile.

Google Scholar Make public

Once your profile is all set up, you’ll notice some information on the right of your profile. Under citations, Google will list the total number of times your works have been cited, and in the other column, how many times they’ve been cited in the last five years. There are also some Google metrics displayed, such as h-index, which measures productivity and impact, and i10-index, which shows how many of your articles have been cited 10 or more times. For more info on these, you can read a quick description by mousing over them. Your profile also links to your co-author’s Google Scholar pages, and their pages will link back to you.

Here’s an example of a profile that’s fully set up that shows the metrics and co-author sections:

Google Scholar profile

To get some more of your articles on your Google Scholar page, ask to have your works added to Bryant University’s Digital Commons, Bryant’s institutional repository. Any articles uploaded into the Digital Commons will be accessible through Google Scholar and will be linked to under your profile.

To have your work added or for help setting up a profile, send an email to Becca Pac at rpac@bryant.edu.

Remember the Rule of Threes when booking a study room!

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study room rule of threesThis is an especially busy time of year for study room bookings at the library, and we like to accommodate as many of you as possible, but if you don’t follow our policies we can’t process your bookings, so remember: no more than 3 hours per booking, and no fewer than 3 people in group.

Also, keep in mind that we only allow 6 hours of booking per student per week.

Schoolhouse Rock: Library Study Room Edition!

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study room slideFinal exams are almost upon us and we’re getting tons of study room requests, and we’re happy to fill them of course, but if you’re not doing it correctly we have to cancel them and you run the risk of losing out on study space.  So just remember the simple rules shown above in groovy 1970s fashion.

And if you need more information on our study room request policies, be sure to visit this page!

Important Info About Study Room Closings

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Bello Center second floor study rooms 203 – 211 (the ones encircling the Grand Hall) and 215 & 216 (the two inside the quiet area) will be unavailable for booking or student use as of Thursday, May 1st, and will remain unavailable for the rest of the summer.  Rooms 201 and 202 will remain available for the time being (at least through July, when they will be used as offices for a series of summer conferences), though this is subject to change.

The study rooms in question will serve as temporary office space for our colleagues in University Relations, who are being displaced by the latest round of summer construction in the Unistructure.  These rooms will reopen for student use in the Fall 2014 semester.

In the meantime, we’ll do what we can to help you find alternative spaces to work and study during this busy period, whether elsewhere in the library or around campus.  If you have suggestions for good study locations, please share them with us so we can pass the word onto others.

Thank you for your understanding, and best of luck with final exams.

Where do you go when you can’t go to the library?

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Obviously we like to provide everyone with space to study. But there are times when the library cannot accommodate everyone’s study needs – maybe the study rooms are filled up, there’s an event going on, you need something beyond our normal operating schedule, etc.  What we want to know is, what are your favorite alternate study spots on campus?

With final exams coming up, we want to be able to direct people to the places that best serve their needs, so we’re interested in hearing where you go when you can’t find a study room?  Do you go elsewhere in the library?  Do you find a spot in the Fisher Center or the Unistructure?  Do you just sit under a tree somewhere?  Let us know, either in the comments below, on Facebook, on Twitter, by text (401-595-7306), by phone (401-232-6125), or by email (library@bryant.edu).