Thursday, February 24, 2005

style guides

As of a while ago, there are two reference copies of each of the 4 primary style guides:
One copy is in the reference stacks and a second is at the reference desk. Also in the reference stacks are darling book dummies pointing readers to the ref desk, should the reference copy of the sought manual be MIA.

By the way, you can also link students to the Bedford Handbook--free! full text! online!

Google Movie:search

Google has a new search operator--movie:.

You can type movie:[your term] and get supposedly get in your results movies about that topic.

If you enter movie:librarians, "Party Girl" is the first title returned. This is a movie that actually is, to some extent, about librarians and librarianship.

Then again, if you try movie:computer geeks, the first title is "Aladdin." This movie will appeal to computer geeks, but isn't about them.

You know the story.

Anyway, it's a fun new feature and illustrates the concept of aboutness and keywords vs. subjects. It also demonstrates that typical researchers don't know everything there is to know about Google searching.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

i lost my keys!

No--actually they're in the reference desk file drawer now, all neatly organized by Michael. Here's the key to what's what:


1. Rm. 201

3. Rm. 203

5. Rm. 204

7. Rm. 207

9. 3rd floor video cage

11. Lab

13. Archives

15. No. 17 key

17. Bookcases for yearbooks, etc.

19. Bookcases in Rm. 201

21. Ref desk cabinet

23. Beige metal supply cabinet

25. 3rd floor locked cases

27. Microform supplies

29. 2nd floor public elevator

31. Staff elevator

33. Basement public elevator

35. Digital projector

37. Laptop

39. Sink closet

41. Keytainer

This file is also available on the shared drive: Reference\KEYS_key.doc

Friday, February 11, 2005

copier not reading cards

I just reported the public reference copier is not reading flex cards. The person at Printing Services said he'd come over.

Webmail down 2/11 3-4:30pm

In case you missed this, here is the Webmail announcement in eBear:
Webmail will not be accessible today, Friday, Feb. 11, between 3 and 4:30pm for faculty, staff and students while we perform necessary maintenance. We regret the inconvenience.

As always, you can call the Help Desk at x4-7172 for more information.
Mary Ellen

Thursday, February 10, 2005

World Shakespeare Bibliography

Provides annotated entries for all important books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare.

"About" page:

Resolver URL:

ERC: Sarah Witte

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

World Biographical Index

Contains biographical profiles of people from all centuries as well as all countries and regions worldwide. Compiles biographical articles from printed reference works published from the 16th to the 20th century, and reproduces these original documents as facsimile images on the screen.

"About" page:

Resolver URL:

ERC: Mary Cargill

Oxford Scholarship Online

The following e-resource was recently added to the NER Trials page:

Oxford Scholarship Online

"Cross-searchable library containing the full text of over 850 Oxford books in the
areas of Economics and Finance, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion." (from

Please share your comments with the ERC for this resource: Fadi Dagher.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Love Your Computer Week

Love your computer week is from Tuesday, February 22nd through Thursday February 24th. Stop by Lower Level Mac between 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM to chat with RCA's, check out our cool tips and tricks, sign up for prizes in the raffle, and for details on our other activities!

Chronicle article: Online Textbooks Fail to Make the Grade

Subtitle: Students prefer handling pages the old-fashioned way

Scott Carlson. 2/11/05.

About how "students are being urged by textbook publishers to buy cheaper online versions, and students are resisting. Why? Apart from having to read entire books online (which contrary to predictions, students hate as much as other people do) they are basically renting the book with enormous limitations." Barbara Fister on COLLIB-L

Once the link expires, get the FT from ProQuest (Jan/1988-1 month ago)

Thursday, February 03, 2005

CQ Weekly relocation

CQ Weekly has changed its format and broadened its focus (whatever that
means). Perhaps more imporatantly, it has been transferred from Reference
to the Periodical Stacks.

Michael Elmore
Head of Technical Services
Barnard College Library

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

E-reserves access update

The two week period of unrestricted access to scanned e-reserves has now passed.

Access control files have been generated that will restrict access to scanned e-reserves to the following people:

  • cul staff involved in uploading and processing this material

  • those students and instructors registered for the class either as students or instructors (this includes some TAs)

  • others who have requested and been granted access to the Courseworks pages of a given class.
Invariably some students who have been referring to scanned e-reserves will suddenly find themselves locked out. The following options are available for those not registered or not recognized as being registered for a class:
  • consult the printed copy in the library

  • request access to the courseworks page for the course; we receive a daily feed from Courseworks and process it on receipt. This is the best option for TAs who find that they do not have access to electronic reserves for the course for which they are TAing.
If a reader feels he or she is being denied access in error please refer them to the problem report form in the Request-it section of Libraryweb.

Breck Witte

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