Monday, January 25, 2010

The catalogs they are a changin’…

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a new library catalog. It's the same great data with a bold new look. MnPALS Plus, which was developed locally by our library consortium, boasts improved location information, sophisticated ways to refine searches and a number of other features that make it more user-friendly and in line with the next generation of library catalogs.

MnPALS Plus will become the library’s default catalog but fans of the old catalog (Classic MnPALS) will still be able to access it from the library’s homepage. The transition will be completed by the beginning of spring semester but you can preview MnPALS Plus now.

Tell us what you think of the new catalog!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Reducing Paper Waste: The Sequel

Those of you who receive Folkelore by e-mail may have been disappointed to hear about Chloe Radcliffe's video without knowing where to find it. It's embedded in our blog page, but it didn't travel along with the e-mail message. Our apologies.

Here's the direct link:


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Reducing Paper Use: The Movie

Chloe Radcliffe created a video about the new printing policy that meters printing and begins to charge students five cents a page once they've used up a 600 (or 300 double-sided) page allocation. Though the policy has left some students unhappy, it has reduced waste. At the library, we have noticed it has cut printing by almost two-thirds, and there's far less wasted paper left by the printers.

In this video, Chloe offers some hints to students and faculty about ways to get the most out of their printing allocation - and ways to help the environment by printing less.