Possible eBook download issues today, February 4th 2016

If you attempt to view or download/checkout any eBooks today from the EBSCO platform, you may get an error and will be unable to do so. This is due to some maintenance taking place for some of their products. The issues should not persist beyond today, however.

As always, contact Michael Manasco, your Electronic Resource Librarian with any concerns: (256) 824-6965 or email at michael.manasco@uah.edu.

 

Zotero introductory session (Refined Researchers series)

Due to popular demand, we are offering another Zotero citation management workshop  in February 2016.

Flyer for Zotero presentation, February 04, 5:30pm, Salmon Library room 214

On February 04, 2016, I will lead a short, hands-on workshop on the Zotero citation management software (see the Zotero webpage here).  Zotero – like other types of citation management software – can be used to store & manage your citations as you work on your academic research, including adding those references to your papers & assignments.

This presentation is open to everyone.  In addition, current UAH students, faculty, and staff are welcome to bring their personal laptop/tablet, to download & install Zotero.

See you there!

A note on Wiley title availability

Our chief goal at the Salmon Library is to provide the best possible set of resources to serve our research and education mission on The University of Alabama in Huntsville campus. To this end, the selection of resources to which we offer access is regularly changing as we make decisions to improve the overall quality of our collection and to respond directly to the needs of the faculty and students on the campus while balancing needs of budget and usefulness. It is easy to brag about the new purchases and the expanded collections. It is not so easy to bring up the collections to which we have to reduce access, especially when the collection in question is a “de facto” collection, such as Wiley.

As of January 1, 2016, we have migrated our Wiley collection from a package deal – with which we got hundreds of journal titles for one lump sum – and over to an à la carte system, where we purchase key and well used journals on a title by title basis. The reasons for this are numerous, but can basically be summarized into these two criteria:

  1. The number of uses for the majority of the titles (and we mean the vast majority, over 95%) was very low, ranging from zero to one click all year.
  2. There were other key resources that faculty and students requested more often and would be a much greater value to us.

For example, we have recently been able to expand to complete, unlimited access to ASTM Compass. As anyone who has ever needed to use standards in their projects and research knows, timely access to a library of standards can be vital for grant writing and for research proposals.

In the case of Wiley, we are still monitoring patron feedback about titles that were more vital than statistics can necessarily inform. We understand that there are some titles you only use ten times a semester, but those ten times are a bigger deal than average. If you have any title you would like to see returned, please contact our Electronic Resources Librarian, Michael Manasco, at either michael.manasco@uah.edu or by phone at (256)824-6965.

Thank you.

EndNote introductory session (Refined Researchers series)

Due to popular demand, we are offering another EndNote citation management workshop in January 2016.

Flyer for EndNote presentation, January 28, 5:30 PM, Salmon Library room 214

On January 28, 2016, I will lead a short, hands-on workshop on the EndNote citation management software (see the Thomson Reuters webpage here).  EndNote – like other types of citation management software – can be used to store & manage your citations as you work on your academic research, including adding those references to your papers & assignments.  This session will focus on the “full” version of the EndNote software (available for a free trial period, and for a cost after that), but we will also discuss of features that are available through the online interface http://myendnoteweb.com

This presentation is open to everyone.  In addition, current UAH students, faculty, and staff are welcome to bring their personal laptop/tablet, to download & install EndNote for the initial free trial.

Scheduled outage for EBSCO resources / evening of Dec. 18

ATTENTION: If you use any of the following EBSCO online products & resources, please be aware of the following scheduled maintenance outage on Friday evening, December 18th, starting at 10 PM CST.


System Maintenance Scheduled – December 18, 2015
Scheduled maintenance may cause brief intermittent interruptions in the following services beginning December 18, 2015 at 11:00 p.m. EST until 3:00 a.m. EST (-05:00 GMT) on December 19, 2015. During this window the following services are affected:

• A-to-Z Administrator
• A-to-Z Reader Site
• LinkSource
• ERM Essentials
• Usage Consolidation
• EBSCONET(access to ERM & Usage Consolidation)
• EBSCONET Information Marketplace: Desktop
• EBSCONET Information Marketplace: E-Procurement
• EBSCONET Administration

We apologize for any inconvenience. Please don’t hesitate to contact EBSCO Support if you have any questions.

Interlibrary Loan announces closures for Winter Break

Faculty, staff and students wishing to use Interlibrary Loan services between the dates of December 11, 2015 and January 3, 2016 should take note of the following deadlines and plan research materials accordingly.

Book requests submitted after December 11, 2015 and article requests submitted after December 16, 2015 may not be processed until January 5, 2016.

The Interlibrary Loan Department will be closed December 22, 2015 through January 3, 2015 and will resume normal operations January 5, 2015.

Thanksgiving 2015 hours

For the rest of November (including the Thanksgiving holiday), please note the following schedule for the UAH Salmon Library:

  • Mon., Nov-23:  7:30am-12 midnight (normal hours)
  • Tue., Nov-24:  7:30am-12 midnight (normal hours)
  • Wed., Nov-25:  7:30am-6pm (reduced hours / no classes)
  • Thu., Nov-26:  CLOSED (holiday)
  • Fri., Nov-27:  CLOSED (holiday)
  • Sat., Nov-28: CLOSED (holiday)
  • Sun., Nov-29:  1pm-2am (extended hours / end-of-semester)
  • Mon., Nov-30:  7:30am-2am (extended hours / end-of-semester)

A reference librarian will be available during normal hours when the library is open.

For anyone visiting Charger Brew for their coffee & snack needs, Charger Brew will close early on Nov-24 (at 5pm), will remain closed on Nov-25, and will reopen for normal hours on Nov-29.

Electronic reference (incl. chat, email, text) currently unavailable

The system that the UAH Library uses for electronic reference questions is currently unavailable.  We are working to address this.

What does this mean for you?  The different electronic reference formats that you use – online chat, email, text messaging, Ask Us Anything! – are all currently unavailable.  We are working to address this as soon as possible.  In the interim, you can reach the UAH Library reference desk in person or via phone (824.6529) during our normal business hours (9-5 Mon-Fri, and 1-9 Sun).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Huntsville Literary Association archives to be transferred to the Salmon Library on Sunday, October 18

On Sunday, October 18th at 2pm, 49 years of archives of the Huntsville Literary Association will be transferred to Salmon Library. These archives include brochures, photographs, letters, and copies of the literary journal, Poem. These materials document the long history of HLA in this community. The ceremony will take place in the first floor auditorium and the public is invited.

For more information about the Huntsville Literary Association, see: http://hlahsv.org/. For more information about the UAH Special Collections and Archives, see: http://libguides.uah.edu/archives.