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New Library Catalog–Important Dates

In Information Services we’ve been very busy preparing to go live with a new library catalog. It will provide a better search experience and easier ordering of books from CTW, among other improvements. Moving to a new system is a big undertaking for us, and to do it correctly will require us to turn off some services for a short period of time. If we don’t do this some information could be lost when data are migrated from our old to our new system. Here are some key dates we would like you to be aware of:

 

  • June 22, 2017 we will turn off requesting from all the CTW catalogs. You can still check out Trinity books, but you will not be able to request delivery of books from Wesleyan or Connecticut College. CTW book processing will resume after July 5. Please plan ahead and do any CTW ordering before the 22nd. If you have a pressing need for a CTW book during this time we would be glad to either purchase or order them through Interlibrary Loan.

 

  • June 28 we will move to an “offline” circulation system (you shouldn’t notice much difference at the circulation desk) and we’ll turn off the self-checkout machine.

 

  • June 29 we will go live with a new system called Onesearch. You can again request books from CTW, but please be aware that due to the 4th of July holiday and CTW staffing orders will not be processed until July 5.

 

  • July 5 CTW borrowing services will resume.

 

During this time and through July staff will be learning a new system for ordering, processing and checking out books, and we may be a bit slower processing requests than normal. Please let us know right away if you experience any delays, problems or just have a question or comment by sending email to kathleen.bauer@trincoll.edu

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Changes coming to the Library this summer

This summer will bring some big changes to the Trinity College Library! We are implementing a new library catalog and circulation system, One Search. Beginning July 1, library users will be able to more easily search and request material from Trinity, and other CTW collections. It will be more efficient and streamlined, and we hope it will make the library experience better for faculty, students, visitors, and staff.

Library staff will be very busy implementing and learning the new system this summer. That makes it more important than ever for you to submit your course reserves as early as you can.

Submit your Course Reserves requests here:  http://forms.trincoll.edu/lib/reserve-form/

Incomplete forms, or requests submitted via email, phone, or in person may delay processing. Course syllabi will not be accepted. Please visit http://www.trincoll.edu/LITC/Library/servicesinfo/circulation/reserves/Pages/default.aspx for full details.

Requests received by August 1 will receive priority and will be processed in time for the start of the fall semester. We appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Julie Styles, Access Services Librarian (x2247 julie.styles@trincoll.edu) if you have any questions.

 

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Network Upgrade Saturday

The Trinity College Internet Connection will be down for an upgrade on Saturday, February 18th, from 6am-9am. This upgrade should increase our internet capacity tenfold and alleviate many of the networking issues we are currently experiencing.

We had originally scheduled this changeover for spring break, to work best with the academic calendar.  Over the last few weeks it has become clear the upgrade could not wait that long.  Information Services staff have been doing everything possible to get things ready and perform this upgrade as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience, and please look forward to a smoother network experience this weekend!

In the meantime, if you are having trouble accessing library resources (such as research databases) while on campus, try removing ezproxy.trincoll.edu from the URL. Also be sure to reload your browser once or twice.

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New SelfCheck machine in the library

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The Trinity Library has just launched a new 3M™ SelfCheck™ System. Located near the library’s entrance, the SelfCheck machine allows you to check out books quickly and easily.

To use the machine, slide your Trinity ID under the barcode scanner, then slide each book under the barcode scanner. The machine will check the books out to your account and de-sensitize the book’s security strip. Step-by-step instructions are displayed on the screen. Check it out today!

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Student Life 1875, from Trinity College Archives

Trinity College dorm room ca. 1875:  William Mather (right, 1877) & Joseph Buffington (left, 1875).  Mather was donor of Trinity College Chapel and his bequest funded Mather Hall!  Buffington created Trinity’s Bantam mascot!  For more like this, visit our Digital Collections page for “Trinity College Archival Photos” and other “Image Collections in Shared Shelf Commons”

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First-Year Seminar Library Sessions

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Trinity College Research Librarian Jennifer van Sickle leading a First-Year class discussion.

Each fall, Trinity’s research librarians teach instruction sessions which introduce First-Year students to the research process. Librarians will conduct about forty such sessions this fall. Through these sessions, librarians collaborate with students and their First-Year faculty to engage in lively discussions about the nature of undergraduate research. Students also have an opportunity in the sessions to search for information sources for their seminars’ research-based projects.

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Trinity scholarship in the Digital Repository

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Trinity College faculty and students are rich producers of academic and creative publications, and much of this work is openly available online from our Digital Repository.  The goal of the Repository is to capture, preserve, and provide access to “all things Trinity.”

The Faculty Scholarship section includes articles published in journals and magazines. Since publisher policies vary, some of the articles are provided in their manuscript version, rather than the final published edition. A resource called Sherpa/Romeo tracks nearly every major publisher policy so that libraries and authors can obtain guidance on the legal use of previously-published articles. Trinity faculty who deposit their work in the Repository receive readership statistics and increased visibility of their work.

The Repository also collects senior theses. Graduating seniors may opt to archive their thesis or final project in the Repository and choose whether to allow unrestricted or campus-only access. The Repository also provides a permanent URL to use on resumes or job applications.

To submit material to the Repository, please get in touch with Amy Harrell, Digital Projects Librarian.

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New Staff

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Joelle Thomas, User Engagement Librarian

This summer we were thrilled to welcome Joelle Thomas to our staff as Information Services’ new User Engagement Librarian.  Joelle most recently was the User Experience & Media Technologies Librarian at the University of Connecticut Storrs. In that role Joelle was a leader in using evidence-based practice to improve user services, including an ethnographic study of undergraduate research practices and an observational study of how people used spaces in the main library. At Trinity, Joelle will provide research consultations and instruction in several First Year Seminars, serve as liaison to Language and Culture Studies, and as a selector for materials in Women, Gender and Sexuality.

User Engagement is a new position for us, and we created it very purposely to ensure that we are listening to the Trinity community and designing services aimed at improving their experiences with the library and technology at Trinity. We’ll intend to call on her expertise with user studies and online interfaces to help us improve our library digital and physical services. That is already starting to happen. Joelle has been reaching out to the undergraduates, asking them for their ideas on how to improve our small leisure reading collection. She is also working with other staff to create a series of focus groups around the undergraduate experience doing research.

Joelle’s office is on the A level of the library, in Room A36 near the other Research Services librarians. Stop by and say hi!

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Help Us Grow Our Leisure Reading Collection

Need something to read on vacation? Want a break from textbooks and academic articles? We want to fill those shelves with books you enjoy, and you can help us by making suggestions. Let us know what authors, titles, and genres we’re lacking, and we’ll take care of the rest.

You can leave suggestions on sticky notes on the whiteboard in the 24-hour zone on Level A or on the big whiteboard in the Reading Room on Level 1, right next to the graphic novels.

We’re looking forward to building a great collection with you!

Lounging person reading a book.CC BY-NC-ND by Joe St.Pierre

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Library Exam Period Notes

Over reading days and exams (May 4th-13th), the library will have additional 24 hour study space available on Levels 2 and 3 in the south reading room.  This will be in addition to the normal 24 hour spaces below it on Levels 1, A, and B.

Also note that the library will be closed to visitors during this period.

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