Friday, January 29, 2010

Library opens late on Monday


MTSU offices and classes, including Walker Library, are opening at 10:00am Monday, February 1, 2010 due to the weather.

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We will re-open Monday at 7:30am unless otherwise announced.

MTSU offices and classes, including Walker Library, are closing at 1pm Friday and will remain closed Saturday, January 30th because of winter weather.

Unless otherwise announced, the Library will reopen at 1pm on Sunday, January 31st, and other university offices will also return to their normal schedules on Sunday.

MTSU women’s basketball game on Saturday has been moved to 4pm. The men's basketball game starts at 7pm. Please check local media outlets and the MTSU website for updates.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What multimedia software do you use?

Just out of curiosity, what software have you needed to use for class? Or is there something you know that you WILL need for class?

Please complete this VERY short survey and talk to us in the comments field of this post if you have anything else to say. Thanks!

If you don't have time for the full survey, please take this poll:

Reservable Group Study Rooms

As we announced earlier, we now have 9 group study rooms on the 2nd floor which may be reserved in advance. Here are the guidelines for this new service:

1. Group study rooms are available to current MTSU students by presenting a valid MTSU ID at the Service Desk.

2. Group study rooms may be reserved up to one week in advance.

3. Group study rooms are reserved for academic purposes only. Rooms cannot be reserved for recreational meetings, sorority/fraternity activities, or other non-academic activities.

4. Group study rooms are reserved on a first come first served basis and may be reserved for up to four hours at a time. No waiting list for available group study rooms will be maintained.

5. Group study room reservations are made in person only. One member of a study group is required to be present when making a request for a group study room reservation.

6. The individuals who obtain a group study room reservation will be issued an official library group study room reservation slip by the Service Desk personnel at the requested reservation time. When picking up a group study room reservation, at least two members of the study group are to be present.

7. Reservations will be held for 15 minutes past assigned reservation time. If at least two members of the group are not present by this time, the reservation will be cancelled.

8. The requestors are to display the reservation slip in the assigned room’s window and return the reservation slip to the Service Desk upon leaving the library.

9. The library is not able to supply the name of individuals reserving group study rooms, nor the location of an individual in a group study room.

10. Groups in the reserved group study rooms will adhere to all normal library policies and procedures.

11. Food is not permitted in group study rooms.

12. Drinks with lids are permitted in group study rooms.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Web of Science Training

A Thomson Scientific trainer, Tracy Matthews, will be visiting MTSU on Friday, February 5 to conduct two training sessions on the library databases Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science includes the Science Citation Index Expanded and the Social Science Citation Index.

Science Citation Index Expanded tracks 6,650 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals across 150 disciplines. Social Science Citation Index tracks 2,200 journals in the social sciences. The indexes also allow you to search the times cited for each article and search articles that have cited references in common. It’s a very powerful tool. Come learn how to use it to your advantage.

Tracy Matthews will also demonstrate Journal Citation Reports (JCR). JCR measures research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals. With JCR authors and editors can identify the most appropriate, influential journals in which to publish and researchers can discover where to find the current reading list in their respective fields.

There will be a morning session from 9-11 a.m. in the Library in room 264a. The afternoon session will be in BAS S137E from 1-3 p.m. BAS S137E is inside the BAS Computer Lab. Faculty and students are welcome. Please RSVP to Gwen Williams at Seats are limited, so please reserve your seat early if you plan to attend one of the sessions. Tracy has visited the library previously and she is a very engaging trainer. We hope to see you there.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Does the Library Have My Textbook?

This is one of the top questions we get during the first week of classes, and we understand why: textbooks are ridiculously expensive. Why wouldn't you check them out for free if you have the option?

So here is the answer: maybe. Here is what you can do to find out.

1. Search the library catalog by the book title or the author. We do not make a habit of ordering textbooks for our main collection, so it is unlikely that you will find one that you can check out for four weeks. Textbooks are updated too often and we prefer ordering books that will stand the test of time and support the ongoing research and study needs of the university. Occasionally, however, a textbook makes it into our collection, so you should search the library catalog. Make sure you take note of the current call number and location. Some books used for classes are temporarily placed at the Reserves desk, which is option #2.

2. Search the course reserve system by instructor or course. A professor may have placed a personal copy at the Reserves desk on the first floor of the library. Items on Reserve may be used for a limited period of time -- usually only a few hours and usually only in the library -- to allow you to read a chapter, take notes, or make a few copies. Items on reserve can also be found in the library catalog by title or author, but if you don't know this information, the course reserves system is useful.

3. While we often don't have textbooks in our collection, we do have many of your supplemental readings, such as novels, plays, and non-fiction books. Check the catalog and take note of location information. Some of these materials are also placed temporarily at the Reserves desk.

Note: Although we're telling you how to find out for yourself, feel free to ask for help at the Reference Desk or through our IM, email, or phone service.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Understanding the new Facebook privacy settings

In response to growing concern about privacy issues, Facebook recently rolled out some new and fairly complicated privacy settings. As critics point out, though, the default settings are pretty liberal, allowing quite a few people (including marketers) to see a whole lot more than you might like. And though you can put substantial restrictions on who sees what, the steps you take to do this may not be readily apparent.

In order to make the best of the new settings, you might try reading some of the guides put together by people who have done the hard work of figure this out for the rest of us.

10 New Privacy Setting Every Facebook User Should Know

How to Fix Facebook's New Privacy Settings

How to Hide your Facebook Friends List

Five Tips to Manage Facebook Privacy Settings