The UMUC Library Newsletter
Summer 2014 • Volume 14, Issue 2
Associate Vice Provost, UMUC Library
On behalf of my colleagues here at the UMUC Library, I bid a warm welcome at the beginning of the summer semester to all new and returning UMUC students, faculty, and staff.
The economic climate at UMUC has dictated that the Library curb expenditures for library resources - please see Electronic Resources News for details. Also, please also see the announcement on new Library service hours below. The Library remains committed to providing the highest quality resources and services possible through the efficient use of available resources.
In other the news, the Library has adopted a new, more efficient eReserves system - we hope Academic Directors and faculty find the new system to be a user-friendly one. Remember - comments and suggestions are welcome!
UMUC Librarians continue to contribute to professional literature and present at conferences. Please read about our Library staff news.
UMUC librarians are available for research assistance through a variety of formats, including e-mail and live chat, as well as instant messaging and telephone during regularly-scheduled hours. Individual research consultations are available in-person, by phone, or via Web Conferencing. See Ask a Librarian for more information and to schedule an appointment.
All the best in the summer semester!
Library Resources Changes for FY15
Given the continuing tight economic situation, the UMUC Library must reduce expenses while ensuring adequate quality and coverage for the UMUC curriculum. Four library databases will need to be discontinued for FY15. The library has obtained input from the Deans of the Undergraduate and Graduate Schools, Assistant Deans, and Chairs and Academic/Program Directors from the affected program areas. The savings provided by this reduction will allow the Library continue to provide the core services required by UMUC students and faculty.
With input from the schools, the Library used the following criteria to assess subscription library database resources:
- The number of times the resource was accessed in the previous fiscal year
- Overall cost of the resource and its per-use cost
- 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
- Collection comparisons and benchmarking against UMUC peer institutions
In addition to the above changes, the following enhancements have been included within existing Library databases:
- Web of Science in Google Scholar – All Web of Science Citation Indices (Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, and Social Sciences Citation Index) are now available from the UMUC Google Scholar site in a link to items in the search results.
- New suggestions for search terms appear as you type your search in OneSearch and all EBSCOhost resources, such as Academic Search Complete – these will help to enhance your search results!
- Download your news search results into a spreadsheet in LexisNexis Academic. To access this new feature click on the Download Documents icon on the top right of the results page.
The vendor that the Library has used for overnight coverage of e-mail and for online chat services will be discontinuing this service after June 30, 2014. We have carefully explored other options while also considering the tight FY15 budget requirements, carefully reviewed usage statistics showing the most heavily used days and times, and consulted with both Stateside and Asia/Europe representatives on options. As a result we will be implementing the new schedule for reference services as follows beginning on July 1, 2014. All times are Eastern time.
|Instant Messaging (IM)||Phone|
|Monday – Thursday:||8:30am-11pm||10am-10pm||11am-5pm|
We will gather information throughout the summer term and make adjustments in the hours if needed for fall 2014.
As part of UMUC’s continued commitment to improve the learning experience, the UMUC Library has implemented a new eReserves system that integrates with LEO, the new online classroom. The new system allows faculty to easily request new readings for placement in all appropriate course sections. Readings can also be imported from previous courses: Two years’ worth of historical data has been loaded into the new system. Faculty are able to track the status of the readings as they are processed by the Library and made available for students. This system is a major improvement over the previous Library eReserves database, which could not accommodate direct requests from Academic Directors. Additional benefits of the new systems are as follows:
- Users have the ability to log on using single sign-on (network) credentials
- Faculty can easily request items for all of their sections
- Faculty can import items from a previous course into a current or upcoming course
- Faculty can track status of requests
- Requests can be edited if they have not yet been made available to students
Library Staff Presentations and Publications
Electronic Resources Collection Development
Lenore England, Assistant Director for Electronic Resources Management, will present at the Maryland Digital Library Technical Services Division E-Resources Boot Camp in August 2014. The presentation will discuss tips and techniques for electronic resources collection development.
Li Fu, Systems Librarian at the Nimitz Library of the U.S. Naval Academy and former Digital Services Librarian at UMUC, and Cynthia Thomes, UMUC Reference and Instruction Librarian, collaborated on an article that was published in New Library World: Implementing Discipline-Specific Searches in EBSCO Discovery Service. This article discusses how UMUC librarians customized EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) to allow for searching across librarian-selected sets of discipline-specific databases.
The UMUC Library provides library liaison services to UMUC faculty. Welcome the opportunity to work closely with faculty to provide tailored library services for 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. Library liaisons have been actively involved in The Undergraduate School's e-resource project by providing assistance in locating open access e-resources. 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.
- Megan A. Davis
TGS: Information and Technology Systems
- Julie Harding
TGS: University College Special Programs (UCSP) and COMM 600
- Barb Mann
- Neal Pomea
TGS: Management, Accounting, and Finance
- Ryan Shepard
- Cynthia Thomes
TGS: Business and Executive Programs
- Robert Miller
TUS:The Sciences Programs (SCIP)
- Ed O'Donnell
TUS: Department of Business and Professional Programs (BAPP)
- Lindley Homol
TUS: Department of Communication, Arts, and Humanities (COMM)
- Ryan Shepard
TUS: Cybersecurity, Department of Computer Information Systems and Technology (CITE)
Center for Innovation in Learning and Student Success (CILSS)
How College Graduates Solve Information Problems Once They Join the Workplace, the October 2012 report from the University of Washington's Project Information Literacy, discusses how employers are finding newly-hired recent college graduates deficient in their ability to conduct job-related research. UMUC librarians endeavor to better equip UMUC students, in partnership with their instructors, in the provision of research instruction - either via the UMUC online learning management system or on-site. The transferable skill building and concept understanding that librarians offer in these sessions provide a deeper comprehension and comfort level for students in locating, evaluating, and using information relevant to their studies and workplace tasks. This preparation and reinforcement hold students in good stead as they navigate 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 online classroom. Please contact your library liaison for more information.
We look forward to working with you!