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Faculty: Work with Librarians to Support Student Research Skills

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Librarian Tattoo

As you prepare for the coming semester, consider working with library liaisons to your academic department.

Liaisons offer discipline-specific instruction on basic to advanced research skills for your students, and will host classes in the library or come to you. Liaisons also provide individualized consultations with faculty and students, and can help to advocate for the purchase of library materials in your field.

Associate Professor Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, whose art history classes were recently visited by a liaison wrote, “I wanted to thank you for doing such a great job teaching the students about locating such a variety of sources. Many of them have written me to express how grateful they are for the session and how useful it has been for them already. You made the sessions very interesting and lively and I especially appreciate how you tailored the sessions to each class’s research project.”

More on library services for UVM faculty.

Librarian tattoo by jazzmodeus, used in agreement with the Creative Commons license.

Monthly Catalog of Government Publications Now Online

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

U. S. Capitol Building detail

The UVM Libraries now offer online access to the Monthly Catalog of U. S. Government Publications, from 1895 to 1976. Previously, researchers had to rely on cumbersome print volumes to access information about government documents. Now, you can search across catalogs for historical information on subjects such as the environment, energy, health and nutrition, demographics, and legal and consumer information.

Government Documents Librarian Scott Schaeffer says, “The Monthly Catalog will be a boon to anyone tracking down historical government documents. We have a large portion of the materials described in our U.S. Documents collection. Come down and see us or email us at govdocs@uvm.edu.”

Over 90% of U. S. Government Publications since 1976 are in the Bailey/Howe Library’s Government Documents collection and can be located in the library catalog.

U. S. Capitol Building detail by Kevin Burkett, used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

Computer Help Available in Bailey/Howe

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Systems Librarians at a Tech Tune Up

For the first two weeks of the semester, Systems Librarians and staff from Educational Technology Services will join forces in “Library Tech Tune Up” help sessions on the first floor of Bailey/Howe Library (see hours listed, below).

Bring your laptop, your iPhone, and/or your questions. We’ll assist with configuring wireless and diagnosing computer problems. Additional support for re-imaging machines, viruses remediation, and other advanced computing problems will be available at select times.

Tech Tune Up Hours, 8/30/2009-9/5/2009

    Sunday, 5-10 PM
    Monday-Thursday, 1-7PM

Tech Tune Up Hours, 9/6/2009-9/12/2009

    Sunday, 5-10 PM
    Tuesday-Thursday, 1-7PM

Additional support will be available on Sundays throughout the semester, with hours announced shortly.

For more information contact paul.philbin@uvm.edu.

Library Professor Researches Internet Privacy

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Trina Magi

Are you leaving a data trail? What information is being stored about your online research habits?

Associate Library Professor Trina Magi’s sabbatical research on internet privacy is featured in an August 23rd issue of the Burlington Free Press. Magi researched privacy policies at twenty-seven database vendors, such as JSTOR and LexisNexis, which academic libraries use to provide access to scholarly articles.

As database companies provide new “web 2.0” interfaces that allow for more personalization and sharing, questions are being raised about what happens to information about individual’s research patterns. “The problem is that now the vendor becomes a repository for all these people and their reading and research interests,” Magi says. Her findings will appear in a forthcoming issue of College and Research Libraries.

Read Magi’s “A Content Analysis of Library Vendor Privacy Policies: Do They Meet Our Standards?” in pre-print edition.