The UMUC Information and Library Services Newsletter

Summer 2012 • Volume 12, Issue 2
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From Stephen Miller 
Associate Provost, Information and Library Services

Stephen Miller

On behalf of everyone at the UMUC Library, I extend a warm welcome to all new and returning UMUC students, faculty, and staff at the beginning of the summer 2012 semester.

Please read the library newsletter for information on changes and enhancements  to the Library's electronic resources. We have also included a list of new resources, as well as discontinued databases. As always, comments are encouraged regarding these changes.

The UMUC Library continues to be represented at national library conferences and various members of our staff have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to librarianship. Hearty congratulations to all!

UMUC librarians are available for research assistance through a variety of formats including 24/7 e-mail and live chat, as well as in-person and via telephone 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.

All the best for the summer semester!

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Electronic Resources News

Enhancements to EBSCOhost and OneSearch for  Summer 2012!

  • Hyperlinks are now available to limit or refine your search results to  academic journals, news articles, or ebooks. This will provide a quick way to  sort  results.
  • A new interface for the mobile version of EBSCO resources will be implemented. Users will be able to  select and filter out the results in the center column in OneSearch and  limit results for certain databases.

Electronic Resources Changes Taking Effect July 1, 2012, for FY13

The UMUC Library supports your research needs through our  125 databases and other electronic resources. As part of our collection  management assessment for fiscal year 2013, ILS performed a careful review of  UMUC's library electronic resources in light of current budget constraints.  Factors taken into account included the following:

  • Number of times the resource was accessed in the previous fiscal year 
  • Whether similar content was available in another resource or on the Web 
  • How instrumental a resource is in supporting the UMUC curriculum 
  • Whether the resource provided access to full text within the databases 
  • How often a resource was used by UMUC librarians for instructional purposes 
  • Cost of the resource and whether we found a lower cost equivalent substitute

Input was solicited from faculty throughout the university.  Below is the list of changes that will take effect July 1, 2012 or January 1,  2013, as noted:

Adds 

  • American History in Video, as of July 1, 2012 (our vendor made this available  early on May 17, 2012) 
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text, as of July 1, 2012 
  • IBIS World, as of July 1, 2012 
  • International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection (available in  ScienceDirect), as of July 1, 2012 
  • International Security & Counter-Terrorism Reference Center, as of July 1,  2012 
  • Survival Journal, as of July 1 2012 
  • Value Line Investment Survey, as of July 1, 2012

Upgrades

  • BIOSIS Previews – more coverage back to 1969 
  • Oxford Reference Online – 11 more titles added in the business, history, and humanities subject areas 
  • Oxford Scholarship Online – entire coverage from 1973 to the present for our current history and psychology collections 
  • SAGE Reference Online – 2012 collection of 30 new titles 

Discontinuations

  • PsycEXTRA,  as of July 1, 2012 
  • Psychology: A SAGE Fulltext Collection, as of July 1, 2012 and for future  issues (the backfile of this collection will be still be available – dates vary  according to each journal) 
  • U.S. History  in Context, as of July 1, 2012 (trial ending on June 30, 2012)

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UMUC Library Staff News

Awards 

  • Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management
    Lenore England,
    Digital Resources Librarian has won the Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management. This award "recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice" and is sponsored by the Collection Management Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. Ms. England received her Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University in 1998 and has  been a librarian at UMUC since 1999. 
  • Miriam Dudley Instructional Librarian Award
    Barb Mann, Assistant Director for Public Services, is the 2012 recipient of the ACRL/IS (Association of College and Research Libraries/Instruction Section) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. This award recognizes a librarian who has contributed significantly to library instruction in a college or research library. Ms. Mann was cited for her leadership in the creation of a thriving information literacy program and her success in providing information literacy instruction in conjunction with UMUC's Distance Education program. She received her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina in 1995 and has been employed by UMUC since 2006.

Poster Sessions

  • Un-Tethered  Electronic Resources Management: Reaching Out Beyond Your Library
    Lenore England
    will present a poster session at the American Library Association’s  Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA in June. The poster, titled Un-Tethered  Electronic Resources Management: Reaching Out Beyond Your Library, and  co-authored with Stephen Miller, Associate Provost, Information and  Library Services, will discuss how to coordinate Electronic Resources  Management functions more broadly throughout an institution, with the  Academic Library playing a leadership role.
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  • Documenting a System’s Librarian’s Knowledge:  Sharing and Collaboration Using Microsoft SharePoint
    Jen Diffin
    , Assistant Director, Systems and Access Services, will present a poster session at the American Library Association’s  Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA in June. The poster was co-authored by Ms. Diffin, John Coogan, Systems Librarian, and Li Fu, Digital Services Librarian. Titled Documenting a System’s Librarian’s Knowledge:  Sharing and Collaboration Using Microsoft SharePoint, the poster will show how the UMUC systems librarians have documented and shared their expertise and knowledge among the other librarians. 

Editorial Appointments

  • Lenore England has been appointed chief editor of a quarterly column in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship entitled “ERM Ideas and Innovations.” Ms. England was also named to the editorial board of this journal as of April 2012.

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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.

TGS

TUS 

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

Instruction

As  the Summer 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.

Need instruction but don't have time to schedule a facilitated session? Consider adding a stand-alone instruction module to your Web Tycho classroom. Please contact your library liaison for more information.

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... Environmental Science

Considering a degree in Environmental Management? Start by taking a look at these Web sites specifically chosen by UMUC librarians. From climate change and waste management to alternative fuels and tips on green living, these sites will acquaint you with pertinent environmental issues.

Greenpeace International
http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/
In  1971, motivated by their vision of a green and peaceful world, a small team of  activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada in an old fishing boat. These  activists, the founders of Greenpeace, believed a few individuals could make a  difference. Greenpeace  is the largest independent direct-action environmental organization in the  world.

The United Nations Environment Programme
http://www.unep.org/
The United Nations Environment Programme provides leadership and encourages  partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling  nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that  of future generations.

United States Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/
The mission of EPA is to protect human  health and the environment. The EPA's endeavors to ensure that all Americans are protected from  significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn,  and work.

Sierra Club
http://www.sierraclub.org/
Since  1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and  the planet itself. Founded by John Muir, an American naturalist, the Sierra Club is the largest and most influential grassroots  environmental organization in the United States.

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