Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Interlibrary Loan: One Search, Two Clicks, 3 to 10 Days to receive

Just one search in WorldCat will let you know up front:
  • Does Ship own the book?
  • Do other libraries own the book?
    (and how far away they are)
  • Can I request it via Interlibrary Loan?
After you've requested the loan, remember:
  • All Interlibrary Loans are handled in ILLiad
  • Length of Loan terms are set by the lending library
  • ** Pay attention to the due date
    (these may vary by lending library)
  • ** Pay attention to the renewal date
    (generally 5 days on either side of the due date)
    (some lending libraries offer a loan with "
    no renewals")
  • ** Pay attention to the restrictions
    lending libraries offer a loan with "in library use only")
The Ship ILL office tries to ask lending libraries who have not placed undue restrictions on their loans in the past; but, like stocks, past performance does not always equal future results.

Honoring the Interlibrary Loan due dates is important because:
  • If any Ship user is identified as having too many overdue loans, Ship ILL may be blocked from borrowing ILL requests at individual institutions
You may ask, "What are the restrictions on Interlibrary Loan?" and we're glad you did!

Per the PA Interlibrary Loan Code, the following items may not be requested via Interlibrary Loan:
  • Textbooks
  • Recently published titles
  • Multiple copies of the same title
  • Titles owned [at Ship Library]
  • Course Reserves

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Library Course Reserves Update

Improvements to Library Reserves!

Everyone logs on to Library Course Reserves here:

Professors! Library Course Reserves have changed a little from last year. The library has put together a Guide covering eReserves for Faculty:

Long story short:

  • Library Course Reserves uses the same software as last year (Ares) *but* Ares does not integrate with Desire 2 Learn (D2L)
  • Professors create their own Class(es) in Ares
  • If you used Library Reserves through Ares last year, you may be able to "Clone" your previous Class information into the new semester (see the eReserves for Faculty Guide)
  • If you need a completely new Class, you may create your own class (see the Guide)
  • Students find their Class(es) and Add them to their eReserves Profile

Students! Library Course Reserves have changed a little from last year. The library has put together a Guide covering eReserves for Students:

  • Login with your Ship email address and password
  • Click "Search Classes"
  • Use "Search by Instructor" & Select: Professor’s Name
  • Click "Go"
  • Click the Green Plus Sign next to this course to add a Class to your "My Classes" list

Once the Class is added, it will be available on the main page after you login to Library Course Reserves.

Questions? Ask Us Anything!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Summer activities update (spoiler alert)

The library had a semi-quiet time during Terms III & IV, but scholarly activity is ramping back up now that we have a plethora of students on campus for Summer Term V!

During the lull the library was busy playing catch-up on projects which took a back seat to helping you, Ship Students Faculty & Staff, as well as firing up some new projects and retooling some existing projects.

Heads up for some changes:
  • Ship (and several other PASSHE campuses) switched Learning Management Systems to Desire 2 Learn
  • Library Reserves will be slightly different - update forthcoming!
  • Interlibrary Loan via ILLiad will look different - update forthcoming!
  • Library Research Guides will replace the current trio of Subject, Topic, and Course Guides - update forthcoming!
  • Lastly, because only change remains the same, pieces parts of the library website are being updated for ease of navigation and discovery - update forthcoming!
I'm sure there's more info I've forgotten - but those 5 are the big changes you'll notice in the coming weeks!