Thursday, August 30, 2007

Special Software

The library has loaded six special use software programs onto several of our computers. The software and computers are:

Scott and Shakespeare computers have:

Index Islamicus

Social Work Reference Library

English Short Title Catalog


Choices 3

In addition the following six computers have SciFinder Scholar 2007 loaded on them:

Sinclair, Smith, Sophocles, Stevenson, Stoker, and Tan

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

New Computers in the Library

Last week, 226 student access computers in the library were replaced with new Dell GX-745 computers. These computers were funded through the Technology Access Fees every student pays. These new computers are equipped with 17″ LCD monitors and 2Gb of memory. Since the computer sits in a cradle behind the monitor, access to the headphone jack and to the 4 USB ports is greatly simplified. There are two USB ports on the front of the computer, and two more on the left side of the monitor. These computers feature standard Microsoft Office applications, along with both MS Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox web browsers.

Login is achieved using your Campus Pipeline userID and password.

One thing to be aware of is that there are no floppy drives on these computers. We have been recommending against using floppy disks for some time now because they simply are not reliable, and in today’s graphics intensive environment, floppy disks just don’t have the capacity to hold enough data to be worthwhile. USB-based memory sticks, or “thumb” drives are much more reliable and hold hundreds of times the data.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Is printing really FREE?

New students are often pleasantly surprised that they can print materials in the library for “free.” But that’s not exactly true. Here is what our systems librarian, David Robinson, has to say on the subject:

“Contrary to popular belief … printing in University labs is not ‘free’. Printing is subsidized by a portion of a $100 Technology Access Fee (TAF) that each student pays each semester. The TAF helps to fund the lab, but does not cover everything. About 35% of the cost of printing comes out of the Library’s budget. That means, that your decision to print that Powerpoint presentation, rather than viewing it online, may be the factor that prevents the Library from buying a book that can be used over and over again. Last year, over 6,500,000 pages were printed in the Library. Something to think about.”

Please print wisely. It’s an economic and environmental issue.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

D2L courses affected by network upgrades

Any courses using D2L will be inaccessible until 5:00 pm due to statewide network upgrades.

LexisNexis Academic Redesign

LexisNexis LogoLexisNexis Academic just completeda major redesign, and Walker
Library will be switching to the new interface the week of August 20. LexisNexis Academic provides full-text documents from over 6,000 news, business, and legal publications. It includes broadcast transcripts from major television and radio networks, company and country profiles, and the Tennessee Code Annotated. The new default “Easy Search” screen is set to search major U.S. and world publications for the past 2 years.

Please phone the reference desk at 615-898-2817 (option 3) or use our e-mail a Librarian form if you have questions about the new interface or have trouble finding something you are used to finding in LexisNexis.

- Kristen

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Article Linker


Starting today, we are trying out a more direct way to connect to full text articles. The Article Linker link in the databases will connect directly to the full-text article whenever there is an article level link available in Article Linker. There is a white bar above the full-text article that will connect to the Article Linker page for that article. The white bar says, “Missing article? Need more sources? Get additional resources related to this.”


When there is only a journal level link or full text is not available, the Article Linker link will take you to the Article Linker page for that article, as before. 1click


Try it out by going to this article in Academic Search Premeir: Click on the ‘Find Fulltext’ link, and you will be connectd directly to the full text. Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions regarding this change.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Printer and Internet Problems 8/13

Due to systems upgrades, the library print networks and internet connections may be down at various times during the day. We regret the inconvenience.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Life, Death, Sex and E-books

We have an e-book collection called NetLibrary. Last I heard, we have over 50,000 books available online, but I wanted to see how much that number has grown since I last checked. The most direct way to find out would be to contact someone in Collection Management here in the library, but I decided to try to hack it out myself by doing a full-text search. All books should contain at least one instance of words like “a,” “the,” “of,” “or,” “for,” but NetLibrary considers these “junk words” and won’t search on them alone. So I tried others.

How many books contain other common words?

Man: 47,146
Woman: 36,346
Life: 54,256
Death: 44,728
Sex: 29,746
Love: 40,318
Hate: 21,118
Cat: 18,456
Dog: 24,680
Eat: 30,675
Starve: 6,113
Republican: 14,236
Democrat: 7,369

As the “Life” search shows, there are at least 54,256 books in the NetLibrary online book collection. What can you find?

– Amy

Monday, August 6, 2007

Now online: Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print

We are now subscribing to Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print online.

According to the database help guide, ”the MMY series contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products within such diverse areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership. All MMY entries contain descriptive information (e.g., test purpose, publisher, pricing) and edited review(s) written by leading content area experts. To be included in the MMY, a test must be commercially available, be published in the English language, and be new or revised since it last appeared in the series.”

The Tests in Print help guide states that it is a “comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language. TIP provides vital information to users including test purpose, test publisher, in-print status, price, test acronym, intended test population, administration times, publication date(s), and test author(s). A score index permits users to identify what is being measured by each test. Tests in Print is directly linked to the critical, candid test reviews published in the Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) series. Users can research current test information from the TIP series and continue their search to all available test reviews published in the MMY series. Tests in Print is an indispensable reference for professionals in areas such as education, psychology, business, as well as those interested in the critical issues of tests and testing.”