Phillips Library has joined a very large library consortium (OCLC) that lowers our operating costs and expands access to our print and digital resources.
The WorldCat search box found on our website provides a quick way to begin a search of our library resources and those of the thousands of OCLC member libraries in Maryland and beyond.
With WorldCat you can search the world’s largest library catalog (It’s even bigger than Amazon! ) and then export search results into our interlibrary loan system (ILLiad). There’s also an option for you to create personalized book lists that can be saved in your WorldCat account.
Check out the search box and WorldCat soon and let us know if you have difficulties. As in all of the wonderful world of information technology, WorldCat has idiosyncrasies that require some explaining.
The rebirth of the Mount’s archives operation is almost complete. During the summer of 2014, these historic and fascinating records were brought out of storage and are now in the Phillips Library’s lower level where they can easily be accessed by students and faculty.
The main collection is located in the new compact shelving area. Access to these mobile shelving units is controlled by a pass code, so you will need to contact a librarian for assistance. We’ve also created a new Archives Study Room adjacent to the shelving units that provides a secure display area for relics and space for researchers to delve into files.
Since archives collections are unique and valuable to the University, the conditions of their use will be somewhat different from that of the library’s other collections.
Library staff are available to expedite access and use of the Archives. The Rhoads Archives website may provide background information on the files and inspire you to use them.
If you need books housed on the lower level of the library, you may need to engage the new compact shelves. These movable shelving units are part of our plan to capture more library floor space for students.
This summer we installed two groups of these shelves; one is for the University Archives and the other for our books in LC classifications N to Z.
These units are easy to operate from controls on each end panel. Some information is required for use:
- You need to be aware of others who may be in the open aisle.
- Check the open aisle before you push any buttons.
- If you are in the aisle and it moves, the system can be stopped by interrupting the laser light beam at the bottom of each range of shelves; best way to do this is to place your foot at the front of the moving shelves. Sounds scary but it works.
- The archives area of the compact shelves requires a pass code. See a librarian for access to this area.
- This video from another library shows the features and the emergency stop system.
In June, Phillips Library will change the way we catalog and maintain inventory records for our books and digital resources. We recently began a transition that leverages our membership in OCLC by taking advantage of the their new system called WorldShare Management.
OCLC is the largest non-profit library organization in the world. Since 1967, they have been committed to economies that come from shared library resources. The greatest immediate benefit of this move for our students and faculty will be a simplified catalog search that will produce easy to understand results incorporating all of our resources.
OCLC’s WorldShare has many long-term benefits such as:
- stable pricing not driven by a corporate profit motive,
- reduced annual costs compared to our current Voyager system, and
- shared expertise in developing new applications on an entirely new system platform.
Fr. Elias Yelovich has begun the complicated work required to move this project along in a short time-line. In early June we will test the new system before we unplug the old Voyager catalog. Although most of you will not notice the effects of this change until next fall, we will keep you posted on the details as they develop.
Mount students now have access to six more very large databases. Gale Cengage is providing these sources in a package deal for a year; this will give us time to judge the value of their content.
Gale is one of the big three (Gale, ProQuest and EBSCO) suppliers of academic databases with wide ranging content. Until now, Gale’s digital resources have not been affordable for us. So, take a look and let us know what you think.
We are evaluating two products from a company that specializes in compiling information about businesses and the people who manage them.
RefUSA is a major source of information for business analysis, market research and job hunting. The U.S. Businesses and One Source components of the database provide global coverage.
The databases can be searched in many ways so that search results are customized to your need. Check them out and let us know if they would be useful to you. Contact Joy Allison or Kathleen Sterner if you have questions.
Education in Video from Alexander Street Press
Education in Video is the first online collection of streaming video specifically for training and developing teachers. Containing more than 1,300 hours of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms, Education in Video gives education students a way to observe the intricacies of behavior, tone, facial expression, and body language that define effective teaching styles. The collection’s wealth of course, study, and discussion guides; assessment checklists; and themed playlists give our faculty and students ready-to-use teaching tools.