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.
Now on display in the Phillips Library is a collection of money that doesn’t fold easily. Dr. Emil Berendt, Assistant Professor of Economics in the Bolte School of Business, has traveled around the world and collected these objects that have been used as currency in the economies of various societies.
Dr. Berendt explains that “Money is a complex social phenomenon. The electronic currency used in today’s internet-based financial institutions evolved from goods that became commonly used to make trades, such as gold and silver. There is wonderful diversity in what societies choose to use as trade goods. Many are made with great skill and artistry.”
The large X-shaped object on display is a Katanga Cross, which comes from what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is a sand cast copper “coin” from the early 20th century, when it could purchase 22 pounds of flour.
The Katanga Cross was commonly used for dowries. The crosses were a preferred means of payment because they are more durable than cattle or cloth.
Dr. Berendt’s collection of unusual money is extensive and the display will change from time to time this year. Look for it inside the front door under the portrait of Monsignor Hugh J. Phillips.
The library’s new ILLiad system makes it easier to retrieve books and articles from libraries throughout the world. No library has everything its users need; even the Library of Congress borrows from other libraries and we do too, with ILLiad.
In addition to saving processing time and eliminating paper from our interlibary loan office, ILLiad allows students to initiate and track requests for books and articles from anywhere.
Check it out. Follow this link to create your ILLiad user account. http://libguides.msmary.edu/ILL