Upgrade Your Study Habits in the Upgraded Library

While you were away for the summer the SMCM Library has made some changes!

Need a place to study or work on a paper late at night? The Library Annex now has two classrooms AND a computer lab available for you to use over night. The lab (LI112) is key card access only. The posted schedule will show when library instruction or Writing Center classes are being held in the lab. At all other times students are welcome to use the lab and the printer. Classrooms 114 and 115 will continue to be open overnight all semester.

Last spring the College announced that the national fiscal crisis was hitting close to home and the College’s endowment had been affected. As a result, none of the endowment funds are paying out during this year. The Library is fortunate to have an endowment of over $2.5 million dollars, but it is important to keep that capital steady so that we can benefit from the interest when the economy is good. In order to make up for a shortfall of over $100,000 that we have had available to use for purchasing library materials, we decided to take advantage of a two-year study we just completed on the use of our journals in print.

Journals in print? That you can hold in your hands? Yes – we still have them. We took our use study and shared results with faculty. We were able to show how many times a journal had been used over two years (current and older issues). We proposed cancelling subscriptions for any journal title that had only 0-3 uses over that time. Many of the journals also come online (we have access to about 20,000 titles online). Once we finished the project we had cancelled over 400 titles and saved over $100,000! The empty metal shelving is where we consolidated the titles that are left. Once we get the shelving removed we will provide more seating for all of you.

Come meet out new librarian! Pamela Mann arrived during the summer. She will be at the reference desk, offering instruction, and working closely with the Montgomery Hall departments, International Languages and Cultures, and Asian Studies. She comes to us from University of Texas at Austin where she worked in the Benson Latin American Collection. She has also worked at Yale. Pamela is from Queens, New York. Her office is LI127.

Try WorldCat Local, our newest discovery tool. Search a universe of over 50,000 libraries with displays of SMCM, USMAI, and global results all on one screen. Check out the book covers, place your requests, and even find some articles with full text (and more to come).

Hey – did you see the new chairs on the second floor yet? They look great so PLEASE don’t spill anything on them.

This semester watch for librarians in the ARC and the Campus Center, available to answer your most pressing research questions!

As always, submit your suggestions, praise, or complaints using the suggestion box on the Circulation counter, or contact me directly at x4267 or cerabinowitz@smcm.edu.

Submitted by Celia Rabinowitz

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