2005-06 Vol. 2

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In this Issue

Library User Satisfaction Survey
ebrary Update
HSU Library Catalog Just Got Smarter…Now Offers Help with Spelling
Electronic Theses in Humboldt eScholar
Searching the Shuster Aerial Photograph Collection
Journal Articles Received on Interlibrary Loan Go Totally Digital
Other Database News
How Do you Like the Library's Web Site?


Would you like to make suggestions on how to improve library services? How well do you think we are doing at helping you find information? Please let us know what you think by completing the LibQual Library User Satisfaction Survey.

Take the LibQual Library User Satisfaction Survey Now

The survey was developed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and is a large-scale, user-based assessment of library effectiveness. It has been used by thousands of libraries and will allow us to compare our service quality against other peer libraries. Your responses will be anonymous and it will take 10-15 minutes to answer the questionnaire.

In 2002 we did a similar survey and found it to be very useful. Some changes based on the last survey included permitting videos to circulate; facilitating small group study through the purchase of the white boards, now located on every floor of the Library; creating the Fishbowl Room to compensate for losing several of our small conference rooms on the 3d floor to offices; refining support service for the Copy Center; purchase of new printer/scanner/microfilm readers; and highlighting the quiet study areas on various maps of the Library.

If you complete the survey, you may be the lucky winner of a video iPod or one of four $50.00 gift certificates for the HSU Bookstore. We will do a drawing for winners from names chosen randomly from a list supplied to us by the Association of Research Libraries, where the servers for the test instrument are housed.

The survey can also be found from the Library's home page (http://library.humboldt.edu) in the News section.

ebrary UPDATE

Hundreds of new book titles continue to be added to our ebrary subscription every month. You can access this database on our "Databases and Articles" listing on the Library home page. You can also go directly into the database at http://library.humboldt.edu/infoservices/restricted/ebrary.cgi. HSU Library loads all the new title information into our HSU Library Catalog each month, so you can find titles in your catalog searches or by receiving new book reports.

Examples of recent additions include: Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species, edited by Michael J. Lannoo (University of California Press, 2005); Early Netherlandish Paintings, Henk van Veen (Amsterdam University Press, 2005; Creating an Inclusive School, 2nd Edition, edited by Richard A. Villa and Jacqueline A. Thousand (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), 2005).


"Woodly Island" - Did I spell the name of the island in Humboldt Bay correctly? The HSU Library Catalog now offers you hot-linked suggestions for spelling of words. If your search retrieves no hits, you may see the message "Is your spelling correct? Did you mean…." The technology used is similar to that offered in Google. In the above example the catalog suggests "Woodley Island."


Humboldt eScholar, the open-access repository of electronic scholarship of HSU is now archiving electronic copies of HSU Masters Theses. The collection of Masters Theses is sponsored by the Graduate Council and is making all Masters Theses from the Fall 2005 term forward available in electronic form. The Masters Theses collection is a part of the larger Humboldt eScholar electronic repository, made available as a service to the University by the Library. Using DSpace software from MIT, the system provides a stable location, long-term electronic preservation and world-wide availability for a growing range of electronic scholarly work from HSU.

In addition to the electronic Masters Theses collection, the system is now archiving publications of the Schatz Energy Research Center and the Center for Indian Community Development.

Visit the Humboldt eScholar repository at http://escholar.humboldt.edu:8080


In case you missed the exhibit for the Shuster Collection or you would like to see more of the collection, you can now search it from this screen. Type in a term, such as Arcata, or Eel River, or Mills, in the blank search box. Then select the Shuster Collection by pressing the arrow after the words "All Collections" to display the collections which can be searched. (Only Ericson and Shuster have images attached; for the other collections, you must come in to the Humboldt Room to see the photos.) Then press the <SEARCH> button. An alternative way to search is to leave the search box blank, select Shuster Collection and select a region - there is a map as well as a list of the regions - and press the <SEARCH> button. Enjoy!

This screen is at http://library.humboldt.edu/humco/holdings/photosearch.php



Beginning this semester, all article requests that are received in paper are being scanned and made available in pdf format on the Library's ILL server. Prior to this semester, the 20% of articles received in paper format were mailed to campus addresses or made available at the Library's Circulation Desk for pick-up. With this enhancement all articles are now available for immediate viewing and use. Just click on the link sent in your notifying email.


Thanks to very favorable terms negotiated by the CSU Chancellor's Office, HSU has been able to convert its few remaining Oxford University Press and Springer journal titles into subscriptions to the full-title databases from these presses. So instead of access to only 6 Springer titles in print, HSU users can access 1100 online. For Oxford, we have converted 12 print journals to 300 online. You can access these new journals using the FindIt@HSU link in a database, the Journal and Newspaper Finder linked on the Library web page, or via the Articles and Databases links.

Additionally, the Chancellor's Office has begun to pay for our Nursing and Allied Health index, CINAHL, and has augmented it with full text for 1155 journals plus other important materials. Please take a look at CINAHL Plus with Full Text to explore this resource.


Last Fall the Library rolled out a redesigned web site. We are interested in knowing how you like it and what new features you would like to see added. In April look for a web-based survey that will appear on the Library's web page and that will also be announced in campus email.

March 2006