Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New option for EZBorrow/PALCI

Patrons wanting to use EZBorrow/PALCI  to request books from other libraries can now log in using their Husky ID and password.  You are no longer required to log in using your Library number (the number on the bottom left corner of your University ID), although this is still an option.  We hope this change will make it easier to request books from other libraries.  For more information about EZBorrow/PALCI, click here.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Spotlight on... Joyce Counterman

This is the next installment in a series of blog posts to help you get acquainted with some of the people who work in the library.  Today we introduce you to someone you might not have seen before.

What is your name?  Joyce Counterman       
What is your title? Library Technician in the Acquisitions department

What kinds of things are you responsible for in the library?  I am the supervisor of the Acquisitions department and oversee one full-time employee, as well as 3 student workers.  I am responsible for ordering, renewing, and processing of the journals/databases, as well as supplies.  This includes making sure that the online journals are registered and activated for use by all patrons.  Another area of my job is to process the invoices for the various items that we order for the library, whether it is books, eBooks, databases, DVDs, or journals.  I also oversee the sorting and delivery of the mail to all the library departments.  

How did you come to work in the library?  I started working in the Acquisitions department in 1999 as a student employee while I was attending BU full-time.  In 2001, a Library Assistant position became available in the Acquisitions department and I was fortunate enough to be hired.

What do you enjoy most about your job?  I really enjoy working with our student employees.  I also enjoy problem solving, which includes mysteries to why we don’t have access to a specific online journal or database and fixing the problem.  

What else do you want people to know about you? I graduated from BU with a BS in OIS in 2004.  I enjoy fishing, photography, reading, and crafts.  I am also a diehard Steelers fan.

How can people get in touch with you?  Email:  Phone:  389-4727.  Room: AL 223.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences database!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recently created the Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections, which provides free online access currently to a growing collection of over 3,000 items, including correspondence, photographs, early release fliers, full issues of rare periodicals, sheet music and movie star ephemera. The digital collections also include complete copies of more than 250 Academy publications, dating back to the founding of the organization in 1927, and provide access to significant items including selections from the Alfred Hitchcock papers and the Cecil B. DeMille photographs, as well as the annual Academy Awards programs.

Access these collections via links for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections on the following Library web pages:
  • Databases A-Z
  • Film & Image Databases
  • Mass Communication - Specialized Databases
  • Music - Specialized Databases 
  • Theatre/Dance - Specialized Databases
As always, if you have questions please contact the Research Center desk (x4204) or your liaison librarian.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New Database Trials

The Library is providing trials to the following 5 EBSCOhost databases until the end of the semester. Take them for a test drive and tell us what you think! We can't guarantee we'll subscribe to a particular database, but we'll definitely weigh your comments carefully. The trial ends Dec. 14th.
  • Applied Science & Technology Source - TRIAL ENDS 12/14
    Full text for almost 1,200 journals, citations to millions of articles. The content within Applied Science & Technology Source derives from numerous sources, including leading trade journals, professional and technical society journals, and conference proceedings.
  • Education Source - TRIAL ENDS 12/14
    Full text for more than 1,700 journals, 550 books and monographs, education-related conference papers, citations for over 4 million articles including book reviews. Coverage in Education Source spans all levels of education from early childhood to higher education and also includes educational specialties such as multilingual education, health education and testing.
  • Humanities Source - TRIAL ENDS 12/14
    Full text for more than 1,400 journals, with citations to over 3.5 million articles, including book reviews. Coverage in Humanities Source includes worldwide content pertaining to literary, scholarly and creative thought.
  • Legal Source - TRIAL ENDS 12/14
    Over 1,200 full-text journals and over 2.5 million records, including book reviews and case citations. Legal Source offers information centered on the discipline of law and legal topics such as criminal justice, international law, federal law, organized crime, medical law, labor & human resource law, ethics, the environment.
  • Library & Information Science Source - TRIAL ENDS 12/14
    Full text for more than 460 publications and indexing for hundreds of high-quality journals, as well as books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage encompasses librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Keep a Lookout for LibQual

In November, the Andruss Library will be participating in the LibQual survey. This web-based survey lets us measure the service quality of libraries. We participated in LibQual in 2006 & 2009; this follow-up survey will show us how things have changed over the last three years.
This survey will:
  • Tell us how the BU community rates its library services
  • Allow us to compare our results against other university libraries
  • Show us where we can improve our library services
To let you know how important we take this survey, we’re giving away prizes. When you fill out the survey, you’ll have the chance to enter into a drawing to win:
  • One (1) $150 gift card
  • One (1) $100 gift certificate to the University Store
  • One (1) $50 gift certificate to the University Store
  • 500 additional pages of free printing
  • Library swag (mugs! pens! t-shirts!)
We will be surveying all members of the BU community, so keep a lookout for an email inviting you to complete the survey. If you have questions, contact Katie Yelinek, Reference Librarian/Coordinator of Government Documents, at The survey runs Nov. 5-21. 

Spotlight on... Charlotte Droll

This is the next installment in a series of blog posts to help you get acquainted with some of the people who work in the library. Today we introduce you to our new library director.

What is your name?  Charlotte Droll

What is your title?  Director of Library Services
What is a typical day like for you?   It’s a real mix of activities--learning about what’s going on, solving problems, and keeping an eye on our larger educational efforts.
What made you decide to come to Bloomsburg?  Three things: the people I would be working with, the nature of the position itself, and Bloomsburg’s location. The people here in the Andruss Library and from the Bloomsburg campus and community have made me feel welcome, and I’m very glad to be here. I enjoy the challenge of new responsibilities and look forward to working with my colleagues as we advance the role of the library and librarians in student learning. And I am originally from Pennsylvania and am happy to be closer to immediate and extended family in the Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh areas--this part of Pennsylvania is new to me, and I’m also enjoying how beautiful it is.
What do you enjoy most about your job?   Figuring out how to make things better. And learning all the time!
What else do you want people to know about you?  I really enjoy theater and am looking forward to performances by both the Bloomsburg University Players and the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.

How can people get in touch with you?  Email: Phone: 570-389-4207.