Monday, December 14, 2015

Research Assistance during Winter Session

The Library is available for your research needs during Winter Session.  Be sure to check out the summary of Library Services during Winter Session.  The best way to contact a Research Librarian for assistance is the Ask a Librarian service.  Please feel welcome to take full advantage of these services!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Curriculum Builder in BOLT

The Library recently collaborated with the Instructional Media and Design Center to implement Curriculum Builder in BOLT. What is Curriculum Builder? It is a BOLT plugin for the Library's EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) called Search Everything @ BU that provides faculty with a way to create and manage course reading lists within BOLT for their students to electronic library resources like journals, ebooks, streaming video, and other digital resources. They may also annotate their reading lists with instructions for students, and copy reading lists into other courses.

Some of the advantages of Curriculum Builder:
  • circumvents the complicated download/upload/renaming process of adding online resources to BOLT
  • provides straightforward access for students within BOLT
  • potentially reduces textbook costs for students
  • provides automatic feedback to librarians about what the resources you value and use
For the most part, links to selected sources will be stable, especially to journal articles. The Library is committed to working with course instructors to maintain access to reading list resources.
-Linda Neyer, Library Database Coordinator

Monday, December 7, 2015

LibQual Prize Winners

Congratulations to the LibQual prize winners, and thanks to everyone who completed the survey!
  • 1st prize, $150 Amazon gift card--Anthony Alongi, freshman undeclared
  • 2nd prize, $100 BU store gift card--Bridget Brough, sophomore Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology major
  • 3rd prize, $50 BU store gift card--Kyle Brosch, junior Supply Chain major
  • Winners of the 500 pages of additional printing:  Frank Vitto, Criminal Justice major; Alexandra Hilbert, freshman Accounting major; Joanna Boyan, senior Early Childhood Education major; Jeffrey McManus, junior History major; Stephanie Evans, senior Environmental Biology major

You Deserve It!


Monday, November 2, 2015

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, & 2012; 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 Amazon.com 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

Prizes are made possible with the generous support of the Friends of the Bloomsburg University Library Association (FOBULA).

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 kyelinek@bloomu.edu.





Thursday, October 15, 2015

Winner of Freshman Library Orientation Drawing




Andruss Library

Press Release

The George Keller Photograph Collection


The Bloomsburg University Archives is proud to announce its latest acquisition, a collection of hundreds of photographs from the personal collection of George Keller, the former University art professor and nationally-known wild animal trainer. The collection is yet to be organized, but it contains many rare and unique treasures dating from the early 1930s to late 1950s, just two of which can be seen below.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Change to the 'Search Everything' box

In an effort to better assist you in finding research and reading materials available through the Library, the Library is making a change to the ‘Search Everything’ box on its website. Beginning this Saturday, September 26, the search will be rebranded as ‘Search Everything @ BU,’ and search results will be limited to materials actually available either through the Library (full-text online) or in the Library in physical format (hard copy). Of course you will still be able to find materials that are available elsewhere, not just at BU, by simply ‘xing out’ the ‘Available in Library Collection’ limiter:

  
This limiter will show up prominently starting on Saturday.






This change effects only the 'Search Everything' box.  It is being made because of the confusion we’ve heard from patrons when many search results are not immediately available through the Library.  Also, patrons have expressed concern when items they know are in the Library don’t show up on the first page of search results.  This new configuration will favor Library-owned items.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

GRE Preparation

Want to conquer the GRE?  Want to reduce the stress of taking the GRE?  The University's GRE Preparation Program can help you.  The Library has collaborated with this program to make a web guide to:

  • Provide details of the GRE Preparation Program and the revised GRE exam
  • Explain how you may receive coaching, opportunities for practice tests, and more
  • Provide free online resources to help you with your preparation
For more info, go to http://guides.library.bloomu.edu/gre

For info on test prep for other tests, such as the GMAT, go to http://guides.library.bloomu.edu/testprep

 

Monday, September 14, 2015

New Exhibit!



The Bloomsburg University Archives is proud to announce its latest exhibit, 




I Read it in the Paper: A Century of Front-Page News Coverage from Columbia County.”

The display features original newspapers published between 1864 and 1970, documenting a number of noted local and national events, as reported in the primary source of information for county residents during that period of time. 
This offers a different perspective on history and provides a glimpse into the type of news people read each morning, as well as the evolving way it was presented over the years on the printed page.

The Exhibit is located in the flat cases in front of the University Archives on the 3rd Floor of the library and will be up through October 30, 2015.  

For more information please go to:




Bob Dunkelberger
University Archivist
570-389-4210
rdunkelb@bloomu.edu

Friday, September 4, 2015

Labor Day Holiday Hours

The Library will be closed 
Saturday, 9/5 - Monday, 9/7 
in observance of the holiday.


Kehr Union will remain open as a place to study.
Sat & Sun: 11am-midnight
Monday   : 11am-midnight

  • Bring your own laptop
  • Wireless access is available

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

It's alive!

The Library's new website is online at http://guides.library.bloomu.edu/HarveyAndrussLibrary. The content is the same as the old one with changes on the back end that should improve its functionality and the user experience. 

Two changes of note:

1-  The Databases A-Z and Databases by Subject pages are merged. Either do a quick search by database name or use the drop-down menus to filter by subject and/or database type and/or vendor. For example, you can select 'Philosophy' for your Subject and 'Article Index/Abstract' for your Database Type:






2- The Ask A Librarian link now appears under the Harvey A. Andruss Library banner in the upper right corner on all guides. Look for it if you need to get 'live' help:










As fall semester approaches, we'll be putting the finishing touches on the site, fixing links, etc. If you discover any problems or dead links, please let us know via this form.

Thanks!


Friday, August 7, 2015

Andruss Library - Construction Update for Intersession, Aug 8-23

Over the intersession, August 8-23, construction work will return to the interior of the Library. This work is being scheduled for intersession so that there is less disruption during the regular semester. Additional study spaces are available on the upper floors. Below is a summary of the work and preparations.


  • First floor: Temporary plywood wall will come down, and permanent wall will be sheetrocked and painted. Carrels along the temporary wall will be unplugged and largely unavailable. Duct work in the ceiling of the main reading/group study room will be replaced, and most of that area will be unavailable. 
  • Second floor: An office in back right corner will be roughed out with sheetrock.
  • Outside: Work continues in the bank between Waller and Andruss. The digging will move out in front of Waller. For about a week, the narrow steps up to the Waller lot will be unavailable.

If there are any questions, please feel free to ask any one of our library staff members at the Circulation desk.


Monday, August 3, 2015

Allentown School District

Rising seniors from Allentown School District in the Bloomsburg-Allentown Partnership (2015) are shown working on their biology posters in the Library. For the Biology portion of their time, students spent three full days in the Library researching and creating informational posters on a disease or condition, and on the fourth day they presented their posters in a Hartline classroom to their peers and to judges Dr. Angela Hess, Biology professor, Linda Neyer, Health Science Librarian, and the program assistants, who selected the best posters and awarded prizes. The students did a great job creating and presenting their posters.



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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
cdroll@bloomu.edu

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 drscohen@ptd.net for further information on menu options and reservations.  Payment information can be found on the flyer below.



New American history treasure trove!

If you are looking for primary sources for American history, be sure to look in Accessible Archives, a new online research database now available through the BU Library. Accessible Archives contains eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements, and genealogical record, all available full-text. For more information on the collections contained in Accessible Archives, visit this page.

Access the database via the Library's Databases A-Z page, the Databases by Subject page, or via selected Research Guides. As always, if you have questions or would like research assistance, Ask a Librarian.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Construction

A quick note to let our library users know that construction will likely begin at the end of this week. The first step is fencing going up outside. Study carrels along the back wall on the first floor will be moved forward probably on Thursday, and on Friday, the construction of a temporary wall on the first floor should begin, to shield the interior space from the active construction on the other side. The library will provide ear plugs at the Circulation desk if you need to use them during study sessions.

We will be posting more construction details as we have them. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Library Construction for Spring Semester

Construction at Andruss Library in Spring Semester – Preparations

You’ll notice some changes at the Andruss Library during 2015.  As part of the BU campus construction plans, an addition to house University Police and a data center will be built at the side of the Library that faces the Recreation Center.  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. 

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.        

Since construction is slated to begin next semester, some preparations will be made over Winter Session and at the start of the Spring Semester.  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.  Some library staff and faculty offices will be in new temporary locations within the building.

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.

We wish you a good close to your semester, and we look forward to working with you in 2015.

Charlotte Droll
Director of Library Services
Tel. 570-389-4207
cdroll@bloomu.edu


Monday, February 9, 2015

Need 'good' sources for an assignment? Unsure about how to get started or what keywords to use?

Ask a librarian for assistance. Come to the 1st floor desk with your questions, and the librarian on-call will be glad to work with you to help you find answers, during Research Assistance Hours. You can also ask questions by text message: 570-266-7928, phone: 570-389-4204, or email: reference@bloomu.edu. If no one is on-call, a librarian will respond to your question as soon as possible, within 24 hours. Just ask!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Welcome back, students!

We hope your holidays were peaceful and you're ready to begin the new semester. Remember that the library is the place to ask any question, including how to get started on your projects, presentations, and papers. Everyone in the library is dedicated to your success, and we encourage questions.

So, welcome back and best wishes for a great spring 2015!