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State Funding for Library Resources Threatened

Connecticut State Library in Hartford

Libraries across Connecticut, including the Trinity Library, benefit from programs run by the Connecticut State Library. Several of our most popular databases, including PsycInfo, ABI Inform, and Proquest Historical Newspapers are funded through the State Library’s ResearchIt CT service.  Historical Newspapers is used widely and offers content back to the 1980’s and sometimes earlier, for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and thousands of other newspapers. Access to these and other digital resources are provides to all Connecticut libraries–college, university, K-12 and public libraries.

State legislators and the governor have not been able to agree on a fy18 budget, and  since July 1 Connecticut has functioned under Governor Malloy’s Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan, which cuts funding for the State Library 18%. Funds specifically for ResearchIT are cut 50%.

Here are the specifics on the State Library budget under the executive order (ResearchIt funds are State-Wide Digital Library): overall funding is reduced from $9,396,000 by $1,728,000 to $7,668,000 in fy18 and for State-Wide Digital Library funds from $1,768,000 by almost $900,000 to $880,000.

This was nothing new for libraries–every year for the last few years, as part of budget negotiations the spending for the library and its services has been threatened with fairly drastic cuts, but funding has usually been restored at the eleventh hour. Because everyone is used to this there wasn’t too much concern. However, the budget stalemate has gone on for months, and the governor recently vetoed a budget passed by the legislature, which has now brought us to a more difficult situation.

The State Library has let us know that the subscriptions for Proquest Historical Newspapers and ABI Inform expired September 30. Proquest will not turn off access while we await a pricing proposal from them for all Connecticut libraries to keep access to these resources, but they won’t continue that access past December. The State Library and Proquest have said that the total bill will be the basic renewal price Proquest would have charged the State Library, but it is not at all clear how they intend to apportion the bill across all Connecticut libraries, or how all the libraries will manage that access and negotiations going forward.

Trinity College library knows that these resources are important to the community and we intend to fund them. Most libraries in the state will want to continue access as well, but the price may put these resources out of reach for some. Additionally, most libraries have tight budgets, and may not be able to suddenly pick up a large subscription they did not expect (major digital resources can run into the thousands or even tens of thousands.) The situation does underscore that the state budget problems can affect us all in unexpected and unwelcome ways.

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Making room!

To make space for new book and manuscript collections (acquired by gift or purchase), we have been shipping College administrative records to offsite storage during the summer & fall. Peter Rawson, Associate Curator of Archives and Manuscript Collections in the Watkinson Library, has been working with students and interns since June to create contents lists for the boxes, and to put barcodes on them, so that they can be easily called back if needed. Today’s load was 64 of a total of over 350 cartons of records which we will have sent off site by the end of December. Most of these are non-current records (prior to the year 2000) of the President’s office and the offices of the Dean of Faculty.

New compact shelving in the Watkinson!

We are thrilled to show you a series of pics (before-during-and-after) of a small expansion to the Watkinson’s existing compact shelving units, which will allow us capacity for 8,000 more volumes. This is critical, as the Watkinson has taken in (by gift and by purchase) no less than Fourteen (14) collections this year totalling well over 16,000 items (approximately 1,950 books, 10,000 comic books, 1,000 science fiction magazines, 700 film reels, 100 manuscript letters, and over 2,600 pieces of ephemera). For more info on the new collections and acquisitions coming in, see the curator’s blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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.

 

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.

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!

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.

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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