The UMUC Information and Library Services Newsletter

Spring 2012 • Volume 12, Issue 1
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From Stephen Miller 
Associate Provost, Information and Library Services

Stephen Miller

Along with everyone at the UMUC Library, I warmly welcome all new and returning UMUC students, faculty, and staff to the spring 2012 semester.

This semester is proving to be a busy one for the UMUC Library. Librarians and staff will take part in numerous conferences, both locally and further afield. The Library will be well-represented by poster sessions, panel discussions, and presentations at the Catholic University of America Library School in Washington, DC, the Computers in Libraries Conference, also in Washington, the Fifteenth Distance Library Services Conference in Memphis, as well as several other venues.

In addition to taking part in numerous presentations, UMUC librarians and staff have also been active writing articles for a variety of publications.

The Library continues to expand and update our electronic resources. Please continue to read this newsletter for more information.

Remember: UMUC librarians are available for research assistance through a variety of formats including e-mail and live chat, as well as in-person and telephone assistance during regular business hours at our Largo location. Instant messaging is also available during selected hours from the Ask a Librarian page.

Faculty are encouraged to take full advantage of the Library's liaison program and course-related library instruction.

Have something on your mind? Never hesitate to share your Comments and suggestions with us.

All the best for the spring semester!

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Electronic Resources News

As always, the UMUC Library continually strives to provide our users with the most comprehensive resources available for all their research needs. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these latest updates and enhancements to our electronic tools and databases.

  • JSTOR – Early journal content is now available in JSTOR, an electronic journal collection that includes arts, business, education, language, literature, and science journals. This Early Journal Content includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences. It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals.
  • Oxford Scholarship – The Oxford Scholarship e-book collection was recently enhanced. This collection includes scholarly Oxford titles in the history and psychology subject areas. The enhancements include easier navigation around the site, personalized options, and improved search and browse features.
  • Project Muse – A new and improved search interface went live on January 1. Project Muse includes journals in the literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, and economics. The new search interface allows for better filtering of search results, enhanced browsing of journals, and easier access to the search box on each page of the site.
  • RefWorks – The new RefWorks 2.0 interface is now fully available. RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic management tool that enables you to build your own online personal citation database, manage references, and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in numerous citation styles. For more information about the new RefWorks 2.0 interface, with its simpler and powerful features, see the RefWorks Guide.

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UMUC Library Staff Presentations

The following is a list of poster sessions and presentations by UMUC Library staff:

Bridging the Spectrum 2012 - The Fourth Annual Symposium on Scholarship and Practice
Catholic University, January 27, 2012

Poster Sessions

  • LibGuide Uses for Promoting Information Literacy in a Distance Education Environment
    Discussed how the UMUC library currently uses LibGuides in four distinct ways to reach out to distance learners.
    Julie Arnold Lietzau, Course Manager for UCSP 611
    Joseph Rawson, 24/7 Services Coordinator

  • Taking EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) to the Distance: Implementation at the University of Maryland University College
    Illustrated how UMUC librarians from different functional areas incorporated their vantage points and goals for distance learners into the evaluation and implementation of EBSCO Discovery Service, branded as UMUC Library OneSearch.
    Lenore England, Digital Resources Librarian
    Stephen Miller, Associate Provost, Information and Library Services
    Li Fu, Digital Services Librarian
    John Coogan, Systems Librarian
    Rocco DeBonis, Reference and Instruction Librarian
    Cynthia Thomes, Reference and Instruction Librarian

  • Managing Electronic Resources in Rough Seas: The Changing Ebb of Work Flow at Two University of Maryland Institutions
    Showcased how two libraries in the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (University of Maryland University College and University of Maryland, Baltimore County) approach electronic resources management.
    Lenore England, Digital Resources Librarian
    Kelly Shipp, Assistant Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of Maryland (UMBC).

  • Demonstrating the Value of Electronic Collections for Academic Libraries
    Discussed projects that the UMUC Library conducted to demonstrate the value and need for each library research database in the Library’s collection.
    Stephen Miller, Associate Provost, Information and Library Services

College English Association-Middle Atlantic Group Conference
The UMUC Inn and Conference Center, March 3, 2012

Presentation

  • Real-Time Global Instruction in a Virtual Environment
    Will address the use of web conferencing software to foster a sense of community and reinforce learning based on the presenters' experiences in a variety of both individual and group instruction settings.
    Barb Mann, Assistant Director for Public Services
    Julie Arnold Lietzau, Course Manager for UCSP 611

Computers in Libraries Conference
Washington, DC, March 21-23, 2012

Presentations

  • Systems Librarians: Turning Individual Knowledge into Institutional Know-How
    Will show how UMUC Systems Librarians have produced and structured documentation to create a more collaborative work environment for the systems staff and to better serve library patrons.
    Li Fu, Digital Services Librarian
    John Coogan, Systems Librarian
    Jennifer Diffin, Assistant Director, Systems and Access Services

  • Six Sigma & Electronic Resource Management
    Will show how project management and Six Sigma business process management tools can be applied to electronic resource management to gain improvements.
    Lenore England, Digital Resources Librarian
    Li Fu, Digital Services Librarian
    Stephen Miller, Associate Provost

Fifteenth Distance Library Services Conference
Memphis, TN, April 18-20, 2012

Poster Sessions

  • "Must Bend Databases to My Will": Students' 6-Word Library Memoirs
    This poster session, based on Robert Miller's article,  "I Came, I Saw, I Researched: Students Reflect on Library Life in Six-Word Memoirs," published in the June 2011 issue of College & Research Libraries News, shares the background of the 6-word memoir as a publishing and Internet phenomenon. Mr. Miller adapted the idea for an online classroom assignment in which students reflected on their library research experiences in six-word "memoirs"  posted in a discussion thread in the classroom.
    Robert Miller, Reference and Instruction Librarian

  • Documenting a Systems Librarian’s Knowledge: Sharing and Collaboration Using Microsoft SharePoint
    Will show how UMUC Librarians have documented and shared their expertise and knowledge among UMUC Systems Librarians and the Library Access Team using Microsoft SharePoint.
    Li Fu, Digital Services Librarian
    John Coogan, Systems Librarian
    Jennifer Diffin, Assistant Director, Systems and Access Services

  • Faster than Fast: Attaining Warp Speed Turnaround Times for ILL in a Distance Education Environment
    Will describe 3PI, the change initiatives adopted by the UMUC Library's Document Delivery team. These initiatives served to reduce the average turnaround time required to deliver documents to library patrons from seven days to approximately two days.
    Mark de Jong, Document Management Librarian
    Ryan Shepard, Reference and Instruction Librarian

Presentations

  • Effectively Managing Copyright Clearance: Electronic Reserves in a Large Distance Education University
    This presentation will describe the automated copyright clearance process for electronic reserves materials implemented by the electronic reserves staff at the UMUC Library. A paper based on the presentation was submitted to the Journal of Library &  Information Services in Distance Learning.
    Yu-Hsiu Wang, Electronic Services Librarian
    Megan Baker, Electronic Reserves Technician

  • (Self-) Discovery Service: Helping Students Help Themselves
    In this presentation, examples will be given of online instructional materials designed to teach distance education patrons how to assess their own research needs and devise a search plan that incorporates either UMUC Library OneSearch or individual subject-specific databases appropriately. A paper based on the presentation was submitted to the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning.
    Cynthia Thomes, Reference and Instruction Librarian
    Rocco DeBonis, Reference and Instruction Librarian
    Edward O'Donnell, Reference and Instruction Librarian

  • Virtual Reference at a Global University: An Analysis of Patron and Question Type
    This presentation will illustrate trends of library user types and questions, and whether the mode of virtual reference (such as Instant Messaging) has an impact on the type of questions asked.
    Julie Arnold Lietzau, Course Manager for UCSP 611
    Megan Davis, Reference and Instruction Librarian and Regional Services Liaison
    Clare Miller, Reference and Instruction Librarian
    Joseph Rawson, 24/7 Services Coordinator

Panel Discussion

  • Table for One—How Librarians Provide Individualized Services to Distance Students via Web Conferencing
    Julie Arnold Lietzau, Course Manager for UCSP 611, along with several librarians from other institutions, will host a panel discussion at the Fifteenth Distance Library Services Conference. The panel will address opportunities surrounding implementation of individual virtual library instruction and reference assistance to students using Web conferencing software. 

Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching
Bethesda, MD, May 31- June 3, 2012

Presentations

  • Open Educational Resources
    This presentation will explain what OERs are, along with advantages and disadvantages associated with their use in online classes; show how to find OERs and information about them in subscription databases and on the free Web; and discuss how to recognize copyright, accessibility, and other issues that may constrain the use of OERs in a class.
    Cynthia Thomes, Reference and Instruction Librarian

  • Fostering Information Literacy for Students and Faculty Through the Use of Turnitin
    This presentation will discuss how the UMUC Library instills the ethical and legal access and use of information through its role in supporting Turnitin, using it as an academic integrity teaching tool.
    Neal Pomea, Reference and Instruction Librarian

Charleston Conference
Charleston, South Carolina, November 2011

In addition to the above posters and presentations, the UMUC Library also was represented in November, 2011 at the Charleston Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. The Charleston Conference is well known as an annual convention of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library resources that meets to discuss important issues in electronic resources acquisitions. Lenore England, Digital Resources Librarian, Li Fu, Digital Services Librarian, and Stephen Miller, Associate Provost, Information and Library Services, hosted a panel discussion in collaboration with librarians from George Mason University centered on two effective approaches to electronic resources management (ERM) processes that improve critical ERM workflow and operations. Mr. England, Ms. Fu, and Mr. Miller also presented a poster session entitled Un-tethered Electronic Resources Management: Reaching Out Beyond Your Library. The poster highlighted the vision for the coordination of the acquisition, licensing, and management of electronic resources at UMUC.

USMAI Forum
The Academic Center at Largo,  October 4, 2011

Lenore England, Digital Resources Librarian, hosted the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Forum on October 4 on electronic resources management. She also gave a presentation at the Forum with Kelly Shipp, Assistant Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of Maryland, on The Changing Landscape of Electronic Resources Work Flows: Pictures from Two USMAI Libraries.

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UMUC Library Staff Publications

  • Checklist Manifesto for Electronic Resources: Getting Ready for the Fiscal Year
    Lenore England, Digital Resources Librarian, Li Fu, Digital Services Librarian, and Stephen Miller, Associate Provost co-authored an article entitled “Checklist Manifesto for Electronic Resources: Getting Ready for the Fiscal Year” in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship.
  • ILS Repurposes LibGuides to Improve Evaluation of Electronic Resources
    Lenore England, Digital Resources Librarian and Li Fu, Digital Services Librarian published the article "ILS Repurposes LibGuides to Improve Evaluation of Electronic Resources" in the September/October 2011 issue of DE Oracle @ UMUC. The article examined the electronic evaluation process and LibGuides as an effective tool for managing the electronic resources evaluation process and reported the positive outcome of using LibGuides.

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UMUC Library Staff News

Rocco DeBonis, Reference and Instruction Librarian, was selected, as part of a national competitive process, as one of 77 librarians chosen to participate in the 2012 American Library Association’s (ALA) Emerging Leaders Program. This program, now in its 6th year, provides opportunities for librarians who are relatively new to the profession to gain leadership experience through project workgroups. Rocco attended the kick-off meeting at ALA Midwinter, held in Dallas, and will continue his work online for the next six months. The culmination of the program will be a poster session at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA in June showcasing their work. For his project, Rocco was assigned to a workgroup that is researching and recommending a mentoring program for librarians.

Binwi Ngwa-Suh, Library Technician for the Document Management team and a Library Science Graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park, was selected as one of eight 2012 Association of Research Library Career Enhancement Fellows. The Career Enhancement Fellowship Program is a competitive program funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and provides library school students of diverse backgrounds with the opportunity to work in a research library. Binwi will be interning at the Reference and Web Services Section of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.

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For Your Information...

Appointments

An appointment may be made to meet with a UMUC librarian for research assistance. Appointments are available in a variety of formats, including in-person at the Academic Center in Largo during business hours, as well as by phone, e-mail, and via Web conferencing. Please use the request an appointment form to schedule a time for research assistance.

Need to find us? Please visit Locations and Hours for more information.

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Faculty Corner

Library Liaisons

The UMUC Library provides library liaison services to UMUC faculty. We welcome the opportunity to work closely with faculty to provide tailored library services to individual classes, whether it be visiting your online or face-to-face class, assisting in adding information literacy components to specific course assignments or projects, or providing handouts or online resources customized to your discipline or current course topic. Please keep the liaison librarians in mind when you have library related questions, need extra help with research, or need instruction on how to use our resources.

GSMT

SUS

  • Rocco DeBonis
    SUS: Center for Student Success (CFSS)
  • Barb Mann
    SUS: Department of Communication, Arts, and Humanities (COMM)
  • Robert Miller
    SUS: Department of Social, Behavioral, Natural, and Mathematical Sciences (SCIP)
  • Ed O'Donnell
    SUS: Department of Business and Professional Programs (BAPP)
  • Ryan Shepard
    SUS: Cybersecurity, Department of Computer Information Systems and Technology (CITE)

Instruction

As the Spring 2012 semester begins, UMUC librarians look forward to working with you and your classes, either via Web Tycho or on-site, in the provision of library resources instruction. The transferable skill building and concept understanding that librarians offer in these sessions provide both a deeper comprehension and comfort level for your students in locating, evaluating, and using information relevant to their studies. This preparation and reinforcement will hold your students in good stead as they deal with the vast amount of available information during their academic careers and as productive employees and citizens. Please complete the Faculty Request for Library Instruction form to schedule one or more sessions for your classes.

Questions? Comments? Need more information? Please contact Barb Mann, Assistant Director for Public Services, or Information and Library Services.

We look forward to working with you!

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Hot Sites... Legal Research

Interested in conducting some legal research? Log on to these sites, which were specifically selected by UMUC librarians. Whether you are interested in locating a nearby lawyer, determining how a newly-enacted law affects you, or learning how to interpret a particularly difficult statute, these sites offer a wealth of information. Take a look!

Find Law
http://www.findlaw.com/
FindLaw  is a major provider of online legal information. Its roots go back to 1995, when two attorneys compiled a list of Internet resources for a group of law librarians in northern California. FindLaw.com offers a mix of cases, statutes, legal news, a lawyer directory, an online career center and community-oriented tools such as mailing lists and message boards.

Legal Information Institute
http://www.law.cornell.edu/
The Legal Information Institute is a small research, engineering, and editorial group housed at the Cornell Law School in Ithaca, NY. Their collaborators include publishers, legal scholars, computer scientists, government agencies, and other groups and individuals that promote open access to law, worldwide. Log on to this site to learn about all the things they do to ensure that the law remains free and open to everyone.

Nolo
http://www.nolo.com/legal-research
The Nolo Network has one of the web’s largest libraries of consumer friendly legal information – all available for free. With oversight from its editorial team, Nolo strives to deliver free legal information of the highest quality. Their lawyer directory will help to connect with a list of attorneys. You can also use the lawyer directory to learn more about individuals and then select and connect with the lawyer that best meets your situation.

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