2004-05 Vol. 2

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Spring Library Booksale
Humboldt eScholar Pilot Project
Library Receives NEH Grant
OWLS New Edition Debuts

Saturday Reference Assistance Now Available

Gift money for Books in the Spring
Google Scholar
New LCD Monitors
Library Catalog Gets a Facelift
SFX Gets a New Name
XtremeSearch Goes a Step Further
Database News
Online Access to the Appropriate Technology Library


Due to the ongoing weeding project that the Library has undertaken this year to remove outdated, low use, and damaged materials from the collection, we have been accumulating withdrawn books much more quickly than usual. As a result, we are rapidly running out of storage space and, with your help, need to find new homes for these materials. Make plans now to attend the Spring Library Booksale, which will be held in the Library's Nordstrom Lobby from 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27. We will have thousands of books and other items to choose from, in virtually all subject areas. These materials will be on sale at bargain prices, so come early for the best selection. All proceeds from the sale directly benefit the Library.

As a reminder, the Library is always interested in receiving your donations of books, videos, CDs, etc. Donated materials will either be added to the collection or offered for sale at a future booksale, depending upon our needs. So, think of us as you are cleaning up around your home or office.

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The HSU Library is beginning a pilot of a digital institutional repository that we are calling Humboldt eScholar.

What is a digital institutional repository?

Institutional repositories are being developed world wide to address the new issues that have surfaced as scholarship has moved into the digital, internet connected age. They address the problems of organizing and preserving the wide range of digital scholarship produced by the modern university. In the current environment, valuable scholarly output, available in electronic forms only, is being lost on institutional websites and sometimes lost for all time. Even when digital scholarship is being preserved, access to this material is haphazard, relying upon commercial search engines to find and recognize content. As a result, the digital scholarly output of many universities, Humboldt State University included, is not made available to the world-wide academic community.

How does it work?

An institutional repository is a local organization, a service provided to the many academic communities that make up a university. It allows multiple "communities" to organize and select the materials that most need archiving and preservation. It allows a department, program or institute at the University to select and make its output available, not just on a website, but on an international network of academic institutions, using international standards for description and linking of content.

What kind of content can be in an institutional repository?

The choice of material, whether it is published papers, working papers, student projects or theses, is up to the "community" sponsoring the work. The necessary conditions are that the works are completed, not requiring further revisions, and that the author(s) are willing and able to license this work for distribution to individuals without charge. Choices of formats and other details are more related to the technical limits of what the University can guarantee to preserve for the long-term.

Why take on this project now?

Simply put, the wide range of digital scholarly output of Humboldt State University is not well represented on the internet. Access is not consistent and a prospective student or faculty member does not have the opportunity to fully explore what our academic character is. Finally, preservation of digital scholarly output is not happening automatically, much of this work will be lost without action.

If you have questions or would like to participate, please contact us at eScholar@humboldt.edu.

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We are pleased to announce that the Library was awarded a $5000 National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant. This grant will fund the purchase of four map cases and related archival supplies which will make it possible for us to preserve and make accessible in the Humboldt Room approximately 2000 regional maps and aerial photographs. These materials are essential to research into local geographic and cultural history and to regional studies, and many of them are rare and irreplaceable.

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Whether you'd like to brush up your research skills or are looking for new ways to teach information literacy concepts, we invite you to review the new edition of the Library's OWLS: Online Workshops for Library Skills.

The OWLS were originally created in 2000, and we have just finished a complete revision and update. There are now six OWLS instead of the original nine. The OWLS have been redesigned to make navigation easier, there are more graphics, the quizzes are self-scoring, and there are several new interactive exercises.

The OWLS are part of the Humboldt State University Library's information literacy program. They teach introductory college level skills for library research, both electronic and traditional. Each OWL includes a statement of its purpose, a list of specific objectives, "handouts" to supplement workshop content, suggested exercises, and a quiz to check success in meeting the objectives.

Some of the OWLS material is specific to the HSU Library, but much of it is more general. Librarians and teachers all over the country use OWLS material. We have granted permission for the OWLS to be used for educational purposes so long as no fees are charged and so long as Humboldt State University Library is credited as the originator and copyright holder for the OWLS. Please see the OWLS Copyright Statement for complete information.

The new OWLS are linked on the Library's homepage under Research Assistance: OWLS & Research Courses. Please take a look. We welcome your comments.

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As of January 22, we are offerring Reference assistance from 1:00 to 5:00 on Saturday at the main Reference desk only. Saturday Reference is being offered on a trial basis this spring semester. Whether we can continue to offer it next fall will depend on several factors, especially the amount of use that is made of the service.

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Thanks to all of you who responded to our matching gift fundraising effort this fall. As you may recall, an anonymous donor offered to match up to $10,000 for funds donated during the fall semester. We received $9,100 and are delighted that the donor graciously contributed $10,000, bringing the total to $19,100.

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Many of you may have seen the press releases about Google's latest efforts to improve their searching the internet for more scholarly items. Google Scholar indexes the full text of scholarly literature in a wide range ofresearch areas and includes pointers to books, articles in peer-reviewed journals, preprints, and technical reports. Subject coverage appears to be strongest in science and technology, and for scholarship that is available online.

While many of the electronic resources the HSU Library provides to the campus community through paid subscriptions can be searched using Google Scholar, please keep in mind that we also subscribe to other indexing services that may provide deeper and more tightly focused literature and citation searches in many more disciplines than Google Scholar. Some of these include Science Direct, LexisNexis Academic, Academic Search Elite and OmniFile Full Text Mega. The last three cover a multitude of publications across disciplines.

When you are searching on a computer that is connected directly to the HSU network (e.g. in residence halls or office) you maybe able to follow Google Scholar links to the full text of resources that are part of library subscriptions. If you are coming in from off campus, you may need to check the Periodicals List in order to get to the full text the Library subscribes to. It is also prudent to check the Periodicals List for titles for which there are no online equivalents, but that we have print subscriptions or backfiles for. For further information on using Google Scholar at our Library, please read the page at http://library.humboldt.edu/infoservices/googlescholar.htm.

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In order to improve some of the stations available for public use of our electronic resources, the Library has purchased 10 new flat panel monitors. In addition to replacing some of our failing older monitors, these newer monitors are more energy efficient. As funding permits, we will be trying to upgrade additional stations.

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Users of the HSU Library Catalog will notice changes were made during the semester break. The page design and graphics have been updated. From a functional perspective clicking on the catalog from the Library's homepage now takes you directly to the Basic Search option rather than an intermediary page. The two keyword search options formerly on the Basic Search option have been collapsed into one for improved searching. A keyword search now automatically "ands" together each keyword entered with search results ranked by relevancy.

At the bottom of every page you will see a "Create a link to this page" option that displays a link that can be copied to your course syllabus or course management software. This will allow your students to view a list of available library materials on any topic you specify.

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SFX is the linking software that matches records found in most to the Library's online indexes with the Library's periodicals database of over 11,000 print and online fulltext journals and magazines. The SFX link in the Library's indexes has been replaced in most cases with a button. Clicking on this button will display a pop-up window (Example) that shows options for access, including an interlibrary loan form if the item is not available locally.

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The latest version of XtremeSearch provides a more streamlined user interface. QuickSearch and MegaSearch offer simultaneous searching of multiple databases with search results showing in one combined result set. QuickSearch searches multiple databases using eight predefined broad subject categories. MegaSearch provides customized selection of databases by specific curricular area, keyword or type of database. Find Database offers more options for locating relevant databases than what one finds on the Library's Databases page.

For curricular purposes you can create a link to a custom list of databases that you wish a class to use. For more information on this option please contact Bob Sathrum.

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Business Databases: Despite the system budget shortages, the CSU has been able to augment Proquest business database coverage for campuses. HSU students and faculty now have access ABI/Inform Trade & Industry, EIU News Wire, Hoover's Company Records, OxResearch, and Snapshots North America, thanks to upgrades in CSU central licensing. These databases can be cross-searched seamlessly for better retrieval, and both ABI Inform databases now have many pdf versions of articles which include all graphics.

Another change for business information users is loss of access to Value Line Investment Survey. The company's older licensing model allowed us to offer single user access based on our print subscription. Now, however,ValueLine is only available online as a site license with an annual cost of four times the print cost, so those who need this information will have to use the print issues in the Library's reference collection, Ref HG 4501 .V26.

Other New Databases: The Library now offers access to BioOne, a database that offers the fulltext of 71 important natural resources journals. The money for this database came from cancellations of some print titles covered by the service. The CSU system added CQ Weekly database for all campuses beginning in January, which covers Congressional activity in depth.

Citation Searching: Attention faculty who assign citation searching to classes: HSU Library has had to limit unmediated usage of SciSearch and Social SciSearch citation search databases to faculty and grad students. Undergrads must now ask a reference librarian to run searches for them. These are databases that are accessed at HSU on a pay for use basis. A large increase in usage costs during 2004 necessitated changes that would make searching more efficient and effective, while still offering the information to all campus users who require it. A no cost citation search alternative is Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com/). You can use it to teach the idea of citation searching, although retrieval is not as comprehensive.

Questions? For more information, contact your subject bibliographer or Mary Kay, Library Electronic Services Coordinator.

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The Library's Digital Literacy Closet (DLC) Team recently completed a project that added over one thousand books to the Library's online collection. The Appropriate Technology Library is 150,000 pages of full text and graphics from 1,050 books covering all areas of village-level and do-it-yourself technology. The collection has been in the Library for some time now, but was available only on CD-ROMs, in the reference collection of the Library. The DLC team has taken the index and description of these books and created an online index to them linking directly to the full text files of each book. The entire Library can be searched from the Library Web pages at http://library.humboldt.edu/ATL/ .

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February 2005