Friday, July 31, 2015

Coming soon: Library's new website

Check out the Library's new beta website: 

The new site will go live on August 10 11 during intersession, with improved functionality. A new feature is that Archives and Special Collections webpages are now searchable within the Library site.

We want to hear from you! You can use this form to give us your feedback, thoughts, suggestions for how to improve it, using this form.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Library Databases

Thanks largely to the collaborative work of the Keystone Library Network, a consortium of 18 academic and research libraries that includes the 14 PASSHE libraries, the Bloomsburg University Andruss Library has acquired the following databases. Some are upgrades to previous versions of the database, with significantly more full-text content, and some are completely new databases.

As always, if you have questions, Ask a Librarian or contact your department's librarian.

Upgrade to America: History and Life. Indexes over 1,800 scholarly U. S. and Canadian history journals, with full-text coverage for nearly 290 journals and more than 80 books. Good source for book and media reviews and dissertation information. 1964 - present

New database. More than 3,500 printed works about slavery, all digitized in full color.

Upgrade to Art Full Text.Covers a broad range of related subjects from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design.

New database. Provides concise yet comprehensive summaries of the best business books.

Upgrade to Business Source Premier.Our largest business database, BSC provides the full-text for more than 3,800 full-text journals, including nearly 2,000 peer-reviewed journals.

New database. Database of journal information for evaluating and selecting academic journals for publication.

Upgrade to CINAHL. The Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature database indexes more than 5,300 journals and provides full text for 1,400 journals. Includes research instruments, clinical trials, and continuing education modules.

Civil War Primary Source
New database. Captures various accounts of the Civil War, including firsthand perspectives from hospitals and prison camps, and reactions to the War from the home front. Focus is on the War years, but it also includes important documents from the years leading up to the War and after the fall of the Confederacy.

Upgrade to Communication and Mass Media Complete. With addition of Communications Abstracts (formerly published by Sage), contains full text for more than 630 journals, and indexing and abstracting for over 1,100 core titles.

New database. Coverage in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, and affiliated areas of study. More than 2,500 journals, full text for over 1,150 journals, and full text for nearly 200 monographs.
New database. Collection of nursing streaming videos covering a range of topics covering Academic Success Skills; Career Development and Exploration; Diseases, Disorders and Disabilities; Nursing Foundations; Patient Care and Interventions; Skills; and Special Topics in Nursing.
New database. Combines the Women's Studies International and Men's Studies databases with the coverage of sexual diversity issues.

Upgrade to Historical Abstracts.Database of the world's scholarly literature in history (except U. S. & Canada) and related fields.

Upgrade to MEDLINE. Provides full text for over 2,500 medical journals, and abstracts from over 4,600 current biomedical journals indexed by the National Library of Medicine.

New database. Evidence-based resource, providing quick reference at the point-of-care including: disease and condition overviews, evidence-based care sheets, nursing cultural competencies, patient education handouts, and point-of-care drug information.
New database. Provides nearly 340 full-text reference books and monographs and more than 44,000 full-text conference papers, which includes those from the International Political Science Association.

New database. Current information about social work best practices covering a wide array of topics such as adolescent health, aging, end-of-life care, clinical social work, and diversity.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Construction Update

Over the next several weeks there will be more construction work on the first floor.  The two main activities are:
  • Installing a temporary wall on the inside of the window wall.  This wall will shield the interior space from the active construction as the exterior wall is moved out towards the street.
  • Putting up the new permanent wall in the corner space.  The existing temporary wall has insulation and plastic sheeting in place to mitigate the noise and dust.  Please head up to the upper floors, and if needed headphones and ear plugs are available at the Circulation Desk
If there are any questions or issues, please contact:

Charlotte M. Droll
Director of Library Services
Fax 570-389-3066
Tel 570-389-4207

Monday, April 27, 2015

Construction at Andruss Library: Work on Interior Begins Monday, April 6

You’ll have noticed some changes at the Andruss Library.  Fencing for the construction area has been put up, and pedestrians are directed along the walkway between Waller and the Library.

On Monday, April 6, the interior work begins with the building of a temporary wall on the first floor.  This wall will shield the interior space from the active construction on the other side.

Campus and library staff will work to make this go smoothly for everyone, but we also know there will be disruptions along the way and want to keep you informed and let you know how to be in touch with us.        

Study spaces on first and second floors will remain available, but there will be some shifting of the furniture.  Headphones are available at the Circulation Desk if any of the noise affects your study. 

Note that the Andruss Library building will remain open during the construction; the Library’s resources and tools will remain available; and research assistance will continue.  As part of the BU campus construction plans, an addition to house University Police and a data center is being built at the side of the Library that faces the Recreation Center. 

The campus and library staff will work to make this transformation as comfortable as we can for everyone. Please let us know if there are problems during this time; you may contact me directly or let any staff member know your concerns.

Check our website for information about the updates as they occur. 

Charlotte Droll
Director of Library Services
Tel. 570-389-4207

Database Trials

The Library is running several trials to databases right now until various ending dates in May. Check the trials out and provide us with your feedback, using this brief survey, telling us what how you might use them with your students, what you like and don’t like about them, and so on.

The databases include:

Search the 95th Edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics online, a comprehensive one-volume reference resource for science research.
FOD provides access to 391 streaming videos exclusively through the Nursing Collection. Content is categorized by Nursing Skills, Patient Care and Interventions, Nursing Foundations, and Diseases, Disorders, and Disabilities
350 hours of high-definition video from television's most preeminent news program, including hundreds of segments not available anywhere else in the world. This resource also includes 175 hours of bonus segments from the popular CBS News program Sunday Morning.
Video collections for Counseling and Psychotherapy, Communication and Media Studies, Education.

Any questions, please contact Linda Neyer, Associate Professor, MLS, MS, Database Coordinator and Research & Instruction Librarian, phone 570-389-4801, email: lneyer(at)bloomu(dot)edu.

5/22/2015: For those trials that have ended, you can still give us your feedback, using this brief survey. Thanks!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Partnering with the Public Library

Andruss Library and the Bloomsburg Public Library have teamed up on a pilot project to allow Bloomsburg community members greater access to official government information.  Selected government documents from the Andruss Library  will now be housed at the Bloomsburg Public Library.   These government documents address topics such as learning English as a foreign language, consumer health information, visiting national parks, and other topics of interest to community members.   The intent is to make these materials available to the general public at a more central location. 

The government documents come from Andruss Library’s Government Documents Collections.  Andruss Library is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program, a program of the U.S. government that aims to make government information widely available to the public.  Any one is allowed to come into the library and use its government information.  For more information, contact Government Documents Librarian Katie Yelinek.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Friends of the Bloomsburg University Library Association's 13th Annual Author's Dinner

Hi everyone! Mark your calendars for our Friends of the Bloomsburg University Library Association's 13th Annual Author's Dinner! This year, it will be on April 17th and will be held at Monty's on the University's Upper Campus. Reception and music will begin at 6:00 pm with the dinner following at 6:30 pm.

This year's honoree and speaker is David Minderhout, professor emeritus of Anthropology at Bloomsburg University, author of Native Americans in the Susquehanna River Valley, Past and Present.

The first volume in the new Stories of the Susquehanna Valley series by Bucknell University Press, the book describes the Native American presence in the Susquehanna River Valley, a key crossroads of the old Eastern Woodlands between the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay in northern Appalachia. Combining archaeology, history, cultural anthropology, and the study of contemporary Native American issues, contributors describe what is known about the Native Americans from their earliest known presence in the valley to the contact era with Europeans. They also explore the subsequent consequences of that contact for Native peoples, including the removal, forced or voluntary, of many from the valley, in what became a chilling prototype for attempted genocide across the continent.

The cost of the dinner is $30 per person and please contact Steven Cohen at for further information on menu options and reservations.  Payment information can be found on the flyer below.