Thursday, March 29, 2007

Always Connect

Are you leaving campus over the break? Want to use our databases, but not sure how to get to them? All you'll need is your Gustavus ID and an Internet connection. When you connect from off campus and click on one of our databases, an authentication form will appear. Simply type in the bar code number (embedded at the bottom of the bar code on your ID) and your last name to be recognized as an authentic Gustie.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Enhanced chat service now live!

You've probably noticed that the library offers chat reference service via instant messaging. Yesterday this service received an exciting makeover!

Visiting the library's Chat page now automatically connects a chat window to the reference librarian - you do not have to be signed into a chat client, such as AOL Instant Messenger, to begin a session. Icons at the bottom of this page still indicate whether or not a librarian is available.

If you haven't tried our chat reference service, now is the time! We hope this improved service will make it easier for library patrons anywhere and everywhere to connect with us.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Times Select Goes to College

The New York Times apparently is having second thoughts about its Times Select program (the one that locks selected content up unless you are a subscriber). Now students and faculty have free access to Select content whether they are subscribers or not. Sign up for an account and have at it!

The library, of course, has already been a subscriber for you - providing access to The New York Times and many more newspapers through LexisNexis and Proquest Newsstand Complete. But we won't mind if you sign up for their Web version, too.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Another new arrival!

Room 106 is now home to Helen - twin to Hector, but without a camera. Like her brother, Helen is a Mac mini with a huge flatscreen monitor, two keyboards, and a cord to hook your own laptop up to her keyboards and screen. Helen is perfect for collaborative projects!

Soon a calendar will hang on the door of room 106 so groups may reserve this room in advance (Hector's calendar was hung earlier this week). Until then, use is first-come, first-served.

Next on the horizon: for the enterprising public speaker, the library will be installing a presentation practice space with blue screen, camera, and playback methods in place.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Library is open today

The library will be open Friday, March 2, from 8am-6pm, but most services will be unavailable.

We will be open regular hours (10am-6pm) tomorrow, Saturday, March 3, with full services (reference 10-5, etc.).

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Closing at 10pm today

Due to the winter weather, the library will be closing at 10pm on Thursday, March 1.

We hope to return to regular hours on Friday, March 2.

In the meantime, enjoy the snow!