UNCG Campus Weekly

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The latest from University Libraries

What’s new at University Libraries as 2013-14 begins? Here’s an update they’ve provided:

Even though the semester is just getting started, we hope you’ve already begun using the University Libraries, both online and in person. We made a lot of changes over the summer and want to make sure you have the information you need as you return to campus.

Library Faculty — Comings and Goings: This summer, three of our librarians retired: Stephen Dew, Collections & Scholarly Resources Coordinator; Bill Finley, Special Collections Librarian; and Hermann Trojanowski, Special Projects Archivist. Joe Williams, our Head of Access Services and the Digital Media Commons, also left the University Libraries for another position within the UNC system. With these departures, several other librarians within the libraries have moved into new positions. Beth Bernhardt, a long-time member of the library faculty, was promoted to Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications. In this role, Bernhardt will lead, administer, and coordinate collection development, technical services and scholarly communications. She will also provide campus-wide leadership in a collaborative environment to chart a sustainable future for scholarly communication. Jennifer Motszko, who has worked in Special Collections and University Archives for several years, moved into a tenure-track faculty position as our new Manuscripts Archivist. Cathy Griffith was named the Interim Head of Access Services and Beth Filar Williams is the Interim Head of the Digital Media Commons. On August 1, we welcomed a new science librarian, Karen Grigg. She will serve as the liaison to several academic departments, providing instruction, research support, and collection development for Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Computer Science, Nanoscience and Physics.

Faculty and Staff Delivery Service Resumes with Changes: During the Fall and Spring semesters, the University Libraries deliver books to faculty and staff members’ on-campus offices. Because of changes to our online infrastructure, faculty and staff will need to place their campus delivery orders through Interlibrary Loan. From the library catalog, simply click on the “UNCG University Libraries” tab and scroll to “Delivery Services” and follow the directions for Campus Book Delivery. To fill out the form, you will need the call number, the author/editor name, and the title of the book.

Find Journals: The Journal A-Z List has replaced Journal Finder as our tool for locating print and online journal holdings. You can find the link to the Journal A-Z List on the library homepage, as well as in the red search box that appears on most library webpages. We recognize that faculty had come to rely on Journal Finder. We liked it too — it was developed and maintained here at the University Libraries before being sold to WT Cox. Over the past year we’ve been transitioning to a new integrated system, OCLC’s Worldshare Management System (WMS), and since Journal Finder is not compatible with this system, we needed to replace it with WMS’s journal tool.

Renew Books: Once you set up a “My Library Account,” you can renew your books online. Your username is your UNCG ID # (the same nine-digit number you use to login to UNCGenie). You will need to create a password. This password is not linked to any of your other UNCG accounts. The password will not expire and can be reset at any time at My Library Account. Once you are signed in to your account, you will see all your checked-out items, as well as your holds, and any fines you may owe.

When a Book Is Checked Out: If the book you need is checked out, you have a few different options. From the catalog record, you can click “Place Hold.” You will need to sign into your My Library Account to complete the hold, and the library will notify you when the book is returned. If you need the book more immediately, click on “Request Item” instead. This link will take you to our Interlibrary Loan page, where you will log in with your iSpartan account username and password to complete the request. As another alternative, you may use your UNCG ID card to check out books in person at any library within the UNC system. We also have reciprocal borrowing agreements with all the colleges and universities within the Triad.

For more information about using the new library catalog, setting up a My Library Account and finding journals, please visit our searching guide. Many of the changes you will see in the library catalog are related to our transition to a new library management system. While our old catalog served us well over the past decade, it was no longer supported by the software vendor. We also wanted to offer patrons the ability to search collections beyond UNCG.

Finally, as the semester gets under way, we encourage you to take advantage of the libraries’ many instruction and research services. Click on “services” from the home page for a list of what we offer. Be sure to check out the Research Assignment Toolkit for tips on developing successful research projects.