1995/96  Vol. 2

This semester we have added several new online sources to our electronic
reference area.  With the addition of Periodical Abstracts, we have added
a second source of full-text information.  This database has the complete
text for approximately 500 journals and it is possible to print, download,
or email the article(s).  From the Uncover database, we now are offering
subsidized faxing of articles for faculty and graduate students.  (Call
the Library at 3418 if you haven't already received information on how to
do this.) Besides offering additional full-text information, we have added
ABI Inform (a business online index), Biological and Agricultural Index,
Dissertation Abstracts, INSPEC, and Periodical Abstracts. In addition, all
of these files, plus Lexis/Nexis, are available for use remotely via your
own computer and modem.  Besides offering new periodical indexes, the
Library has also just made available several new reference sources which
can be searched in-house as well as remotely.  These include Books in
Print, County and City Data Book, the Encyclopedia Britannica Online (CSU
trial 1/15/95 to 2/29/95), etc.
For a complete listing, see the attached NEW FROM THE LIBRARY.


With all of these new electronic services being made available in the
Library, we have received many requests for assistance in learning on how
to use them.  In an attempt to meet some of this demand, we have hired, on
an experimental basis for this semester, a group of four computer student
assistants who will be working in the reference electronic area on the
first floor.  They will be able to help troubleshoot hardware and software
questions and are scheduled to work M-F, 10-3; Sat, 1-5 pm; Sun, 1-5 pm. 


A team of Library/Media Services staff are working with a small group of
teaching faculty, representing all four colleges, to develop an electronic
reserves system (ERS) through which course reserve materials can be served
up to students over the World Wide Web. The pilot project to develop a
model for such a system will be ongoing during the Spring 1996 semester,
in hopes that the ERS could be expanded to include all interested faculty
next fall. The team members from Library/Media Services are Wayne
Perryman, Josh Washburn, Jana Rivers Norton, and Tom Mendenhall.  Faculty
participants in the pilot project are Bill Allen (Biological Sciences),
Pat Bivens (English), Hal Campbell (Computing Sciences), Steven Hackett
(Business and Economics), and Caleb Rosado (Sociology). 

The basic ERS model, as currently envisioned, would be for an item
submitted for course reserve to be digitized using a flat-bed scanner and
then converted into a format which would preserve the integrity of the
original document. Once in machine-readable form, the document would be
made available to members of the campus community via a link on the
Library/Media Services homepage (http://library.humboldt.edu). Types of
materials which could potentially be offered up through the ERS include
journal articles, passages or chapters from books, course syllabuses,
lecture notes, sample exams, solution sets, and so forth. The possibility
of linking to electronic documents which a faculty member might wish to
make available from another campus server or remote site will also be

Copyright will be one of the major issues to be addressed during the
course of the project. The application of existing copyright law, and,
more specifically, "fair use" standards, to the electronic realm is still
being explored both nationally and internationally. The intent of
Library/Media Services faculty and staff is to adhere to established
standards and practices to the fullest extent possible, while exploring
ways in which developing technology can be used to better serve the
academic needs of the Humboldt community. We will continue to monitor, and
participate in the development of, evolving copyright policy as it relates
to higher education. Other issues which will be addressed during the
course of the pilot project include hardware, software, access, security,
publicity, staffing, and training. 


The HSU Library will host its annual book sale this year on Wednesday,
February 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the main lobby.  Books
offered for this sale are those weeded from the Library's collection and
gift materials not chosen for the collection.  Over 4,500 books are for
sale, with proceeds going to purchase new books for the Library's
collection.  This year's event offers a well-balanced variety of subjects. 
Particular strengths include reference materials and academic areas. 
Popular literature, maps, and books in many other subject areas will also
be for sale. 

Thinking of clearing out old books?  Please forward any book donations as
soon as possible to Mary Kay in Library Acquisitions, Ext. 3414,


Science B 133 and Art 102 classroom upgrades have been completed.  Both
rooms are now equipped with ceiling-mounted, multi-sync video/data
projector with VHS VCRs.  Wildlife 206, Founders Hall 163, Harry Griffith
Hall 225 & 226 are scheduled for upgrades and two additional Infocus
LitePros will be purchased. 

The equipment money for the Educational Access "Point of Origin" project
was approved.  This acquisition will enable on-site access to the Cox
Cable network as well as HSU's ability to deliver educational materials to
the local area. 


Effective April 1, Media Services will be pleased to welcome a new
Manager, Reza Azarmsa.  He'll replace Terry Flindt who left last summer. 
Reza will come to us from CSU, Bakersfield, where he has been Media
Specialist and Adjunct Faculty for the past 8 years.  He holds an Ed.D. in
Instructional Technology/Curriculum and Instruc- tion from the University
of Northern Colorado and an M.S. in Educational Media.  He has taught
varied courses in instructional technology, computer-based instruction,
and multimedia production.  With his strong background and experience in
so many areas that match the needs of HSU's Media Services, the staff is
greatly looking forward to his arrival.  We hope all faculty and staff
will help us to welcome him. 


As a part of the Library's strategic planning endeavors, it was determined
that we would like to solicit input from our users as to how we are doing
and what possible new services would be most desired.  During the fall
semester a questionnaire was administered to approximately 430
undergraduates in 12 classes from different departments and at various
times of the day.  Working with a graduate Sociology class and their
instructor, Judy Little, areas of concern were identified and will be the
subject of focus groups being conducted this semester.  In addition to
querying the students, we are also going to be looking for faculty
volunteers for a focus group to be held in early March.  If anyone is
interested in volunteering, please contact either Judy Little, ext. 4561,
or Sharmon Kenyon, ext. 5600, by February 26. 

Preliminary results from the questionnaire show general satisfaction with
the overall operation of the Library and our services.  Some of the
frustrations which were mentioned were locating materials; books checked
out which were desired; Library not owning desired materials; using the
electronic resources.  Further information about the results of the focus
groups should help us to refine what the Library's course of action will
be in the future. 


Just a reminder that the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has
designated HSU as a depository for its ongoing status review of endangered
steelhead and salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest and Northern
California.  A rich and varied collection of background information has
been received and is available on permanent reserve at the Reserve Desk
of the Library.