Posts with the tag: e-resources

News & Events: April 13, 2015

Loeb Classical Library logoNEW RESOURCES: The University Libraries is excited to now provide access to the following resources:

  • Digital Loeb Classical Library – Provided by Harvard University Press, the Loeb Classical Library contains more than 500 titles in Greek or Latin with English translations. This online edition is fully searchable and includes options for annotating and extracting text.
  • American National Biography Online – Provided by Oxford University Press, the ANBO is the premier biographical reference work in the United States. Contains signed articles 2-4 pages in length about the most historically significant historical figures. A brief bibliography of books and articles follows each entry, along with information as to where primary sources associated with each individual can be found.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library – Provides electronic versions of printed dictionaries and encyclopedias in education, ethics, history (including primary source materials), religion, the sciences and social sciences. Full text is available in html and pdf format.
  • Metropolitan Opera on Demand – Delivers streaming audio and video of more than 500 full-length Metropolitan Opera performances from the ‘Live in HD’ series, the classic Met telecasts from 1977-2011, and over 250 radio broadcast performances that dating back to 1936.

Honoring Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen – The University Libraries is joining in CUA’s honoring of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in two ways! First, books by Sheen are on display in the lobby of Mullen Library. Secondly, the Religious Studies and Humanities Services department has created an information guide on Archbishop’s canonization process.  In the guide you will find biographical sources, information on the canonization process, prayers, unique CUA material, a collection of Fulton Sheen videos, works on and by Fulton Sheen, and a selection of news articles.

Graduating this May? – If you will be graduating this semester, please make sure your library account is in good standing before May 15. You may do this by logging into My Library Account to check for any outstanding library loans or unpaid fines. Unpaid fines or overdue items will result in a hold on your account and prevent graduation. If you have any questions regarding your library account, please call Access Services at 202-319-5060.

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Scholarly Ecosystem

101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication graphic
101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication

The scholarly ecosystem gets more complicated every day. As this graphic depicts- click for larger size –  there are new tools being used by researchers every day to discover, access, and use scholarly research.

Until the Open Access movement gains ground, most researchers are beholden to content providers, services, and academic libraries for their access to scholarly research in e-content form. And that access could be better!

Roger Schonfeld writes of the stumbling blocks to this access in Dismantling the Stumbling Blocks that Impeded Researchers’ Access to e-Resources:

To adapt, publishers, libraries, and intermediaries need to examine not only the usability of their own platforms and how they can continue to be improved, but also how they are in practice used in scholarly research alongside other platforms and services. To do so, they cannot bring researchers into their usability labs, but instead they must engage researchers in their workplaces, in campus offices, labs, libraries, and dorms, and equally in off-campus homes and housing.

At the main information desks of research libraries, desktop workstations are used to test access and services to e-resources; while our researchers are living in a multi-device digital world of mobile, laptop, and tablet access. We will be examining parts of this scholarly ecosystem in the coming months and its impact on our users.

Tools to use:  Today, ProQuest (content provider) announced a partnership with Google Scholar to provide journal and conference connections through Google Scholar. The University of Pittsburgh University Library System provides this helpful Scholarly Communications glossary; and the graphic above is from the  101  Innovations in Scholarly Communications project and begins to congregate the new tools and workflows our researchers are using.