Wednesday, February 27, 2008

setting this page as active desktop

Somehow the active desktop on the reference computer keeps getting lost. Here is how to reset it.

  1. Right click on the desktop
  2. Click properties
  3. Click desktop
  4. Click customize desktop
  5. Click web
  6. Click box next to the link for
As always, if the page on the desktop is wonky, you can refresh it by right clicking the F5 key.

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JSTOR platform change coming soon

Quoting an email from JSTOR--

JSTOR: Trusted archives for scholarship

Dear JSTOR Participant:

We are happy to let you know that work on a new JSTOR platform is nearing completion. The interface has been updated with a new look, and more tools and capabilities for users have been integrated into the system. The new platform will also provide a more flexible foundation for future development, allowing us to add features and a greater array of scholarly content. Several projects are already underway that will introduce monographs, manuscripts, and pamphlets into the archive.

The new platform will replace the current JSTOR site. We currently anticipate a launch in mid-March. In preparation, we invite you to explore a preview of the new site. Through this preview you can become acquainted with the new JSTOR interface, sample the functionality, and let us know what you think.

The preview can be accessed by going to the JSTOR sandbox at

In the sandbox you will also find:
A primary goal of the new platform is to enhance the user experience and to better address and support the research objectives of JSTOR users. Development has been informed by user feedback, interviews, focus groups, usability studies, and beta testing with students, researchers, librarians, and publishers. As we prepare for the launch, we will continue to monitor closely the messages and feedback we receive from you.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Literature Criticism Online is now online!

That's pretty much the news. I haven't used it much yet.

If other people want to share their experiences with or tips for using this tool, that will be swell.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Dewey update February 2008

from Michael:

We currently have slightly more than 30 shelves of Deweys, ranging from 810 to 82C. We also have several shelves of books in Greek and Latin (87 and 88) still in Dewey, shelved in the cataloging area. Should anyone ask after the Greek and Latin, have him or her fill out a search form, or refer the user to me.

There are no other Deweys. Should you come across a CLIO record showing a Barnard book with a Dewey number other than these, please make a print out of the record and give it to Albert so he can delete the record. Thanks.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

NINJa not listening

Earlier today jobs sent to the printer were not showing up on the NINJa print menu. I rebooted the NINJa computer (not the printer), and everything is fine now.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Amistad Digital Resource

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services in the NEWS

(NEW YORK, February 12, 2008) The Amistad Digital Resource, a joint venture between Columbia University’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) and the Center for Contemporary Black History (CCBH), was recently launched. For more information, visit the Columbia University News page or view the press release.

“Amistad Digital Resource: Multimedia website is right on time”
February 7, 2008
“The Amistad Digital Resource is a progressive idea that is right on time. Launched on February 1, the multimedia African American history website, richly enhances the 2008 commemoration of Black history Month by providing an innovative research tool that will help to educate both teachers and students about contemporary Black History. Created by Columbia University’s Center for Contemporary Black History (CCBH), and the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC), the engaging and user-friendly website, will serve to assist teachers throughout the nation in planning lessons about the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements in America.”

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NinJa Update

"Andrew worked with the Columbia team to solve the current NINJa printing problem. The CU folks located the source of the "looping" symptom and developed a patch for the NINJas. The patch did not automatically install on all NINJAs. Columbia applied the patch directly to the West Wing and Library NINJas.

"In theory, all NINJa printers are working correctly now. Please report any problem on the regular form so we can investigate."

per an email from Mary Ellen

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Monday, February 11, 2008

NINJa problem

Here are some notes about the NINJa printing problem. This is a known problem, university wide. More pronounced in some locations due to network speed.

update from Andrew and Josh 2/8/08

If you have other ideas or information about this problem, please write back to me.
Thanks,Mary Ellen

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Friday, February 08, 2008

out of order signs

Per a staff discussion on the best way to share information about reference equipment (and bathroom) problems, I have created an OUT OF ORDER sign that should be filled out by the reference staff who notices the issue and then by any subsequent people who deal with it.

Several copies of the sign have been stored in the reference desk drawer, in the hanging folder marked SIGNS in the file folder marked OUT OF ORDER.

The master is located in the library staff drive at H:\SIGNS\outoforder.xls

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

CDRS and Copyright added to Libraries Website

We're happy to announce that the new websites-in-progress for the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship and Copyright Advisory Office are now linked on the Libraries home page. For the present they appear on the "Libraries and Collections" drop-down submenu. At some point soon LibraryWeb Steering and other stakeholders will be working toward a better overall Web presentation of the different components of the new Libraries / Information Services organization.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

printer problems

The Library printer still has an intermittent problem - ok for a while, then won't process job, reboot ends up in endless loop. We are seeing this in some other printers -- most often Plimpton. We are still looking for a solution. Please continue to report any problems at

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e-reserves shopping over spring 08

The "shopping period" for e-reserves has now passed.

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

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:
Readers who feel they are being denied access in error should be referred to the problem report form in the Request-it section of the Libraries' web site.

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Monday, February 04, 2008

new electronic resources 080204

Here are a bunch of new electronic resources grabbed from CUL Notes:

Cambridge Collections Online
Offers subject or theme based cross-searchable collections, including Cambridge Companions Complete Collection with its two sub-collections: Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics, and: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture. Each collection is updated with new Companions on publication. Cambridge Collections Online also includes: Shakespeare Survey, an online version of the print series, from 1948 to the present.

CQ Almanac
Brings together over sixty years of authoritative congressional reporting in one, easy-to-use resource. The site pairs all of the content from the print volumes with a number of exciting electronic features and functions that make navigating this immense amount of content fast and easy.

Provides access to environmental handbooks published by CRC Press.

Covers topics ranging from computing to networking. Includes databases and books which can be search and browsed online.

Online library of materials science texts, references, and handbooks.

Online collection of nanoscience and nanotechnology references. Bringing together experts from academic, industrial, and government institutions, NANOnetBASE offers researchers, students, and professionals an authoritative and convenient source for both introductory and specialized information

Provides access to three databases of polymer information: Polymeric Materials Encyclopedia, Polymers: A Property Database, and polymer books from Taylor and Francis.

Comprehensive multidiscipline resource providing access to reference works on drinking water, ground water, hydrogeology, hydrology, storm water, surface water, waste water, water pollution and wetlands. Also includes the current edition of Water encyclopedia.

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Friday, February 01, 2008

Census Atlas of the U.S.

The U.S. Census Bureau has released the new Census Atlas of the United States, which presents data from the 2000 census of population and housing in almost 800 maps. Lehman Library will receive a copy of the atlas via the depository.

Additionally, the entire volume is available in PDF.

Jerry Breeze
Government Information Librarian
Lehman Library

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