Thursday, August 31, 2006

LSO September Training Clinics

The Library Systems Office(LSO) would like to invite you to join us for our “Training Clinics”. These Clinics will have a theme. The Clinics will also depend on what people want to learn, with an open Q and A allowing Library staff to ask all technical questions they may have. All Library staff is welcome to join. Please RSVP by email at .Seating is limited but walk-ins are welcome if seats are available. Clinics will run about hour.

September Clinics:

Monday September 11th at 2pm 306 Butler
Trainer: Terry Culkin
Firefox - LSO will be retiring Netscape and encourages all to use Firefox. This session will give a brief overview of Firefox web browser and explain it’s customizable interface and other features. After a brief overview the floor will be open for questions on Firefox and then open questions. RSVP -

Tuesday September 19th 10 am - 306 Butler
Trainer: Terry Culkin
Fun with Google - We all know Google, but how do you really find something buried on the web? This session takes you on the Google journey using different operators in advance searching. Plus an overview of useful Google related products. After the overview the floor will be open for questions. RSVP -

Each month we will have more training sessions. Any comments or questions on the “Training Clinics” please email:


Monday, August 28, 2006

new reference student worker needed

Sadly, Maria is leaving us. Please shun her when you see her again.

I put a sign up at the desk soliciting a new student worker. If anyone inquires, please give them an application to fill out. They're at the desk right behind the sign.

Historical statistics of the United States

Expanded and rev. ed. of: Historical statistics of the United States, colonial times to 1970. Bicentennial ed. Washington : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 1975. ?
"Many [data] series in these volumes are continued on a regular basis with periodic updates and revisions by the agency, group, or individual responsible for the original data."--Guide to the Millennial ed.

This database is an online version of the new five-volume printed edition:

Historical statistics of the United States : earliest times to the present
editors in chief, Susan B. Carter ... [et al.].
5 v. : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
Cambridge University Press, c2006.

that is available in many Columbia University library locations.

ERC: John Tofanelli

Thursday, August 24, 2006

new course reserves

A new Course Reserves system has just been put into production. Breck Witte and other members of LSO have developed an improved interface which provides more functionality than the very limited Voyager Course Reserves OPAC.

The new system offers users different ways of finding reserves lists:

The more streamlined lists include enhancements such as:

Course Reserves can be accessed from the same points as before:

There is also a new feature in CourseWorks: My Reserves which links to the new reserves interface directly from the My Courses page.

Please take a moment to login and check out the new Course Reserves!

Mary Giunta
Chair, Reserves Subcommittee

Monday, August 14, 2006


By synchronicity or coincidence, a friend just sent me the article "Finding Dickinson: Linguistic Sexism and Inconsistent Indexing in Masterplots." It's at the reference desk if anyone wants to read it.

That reminds me, the desk schedule has disappeared. If you have it, please return it.


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