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Issue 3 The Library Connection
By Mike Freeman, Library Director
As we all know, the one constant is change. Databases are added, software chang-es,
and the look and feel of various interfaces change as well. Keeping up with
the technological and content changes can help faculty in their various teaching
For example, we have added
a new database, Films on De-mand,
which provides over
17,000 streaming videos from
such providers as PBS and Films
for the Humanities and Social
Sciences. We have also added
121,000 ebooks for a total of
141,000 (compared to our print
collection of 170,000). Jour-nal
databases and ebooks may
be searched simultaneously
through the new OneSearch
software (with a few exceptions, nothing being perfect). And of course, all digital
content is accessible 24/7 online to you and your students.
The Library strives to provide more content and easy access. We want to give you
what you and your students need, where and when you need it (even on Canvas!).
What you can bet on is the material and methods of accessing that material will
change and change again, and we are happy to spend time with you and your
students to explain those changes.
Preparing for the Future
In This Issue
Books to Go! 2
Faculty Requests 3
Instruction Menu 4
Research Paper 5
Books and Videos To Go!
By Annie Smith, Reference/Instruction Librarian
We are very happy to introduce our book (and video) delivery service. When
your book requests and interlibrary loan orders arrive, we can send them to
your office or mailbox.We can also deliver books and videos from our collection
to your office. We recently changed our hold policy. Holds can now be placed on
items that are still on the shelf. If you wish, you can opt out of book delivery and
continue to pick up items in the Library.
To make a request, go to www.uvu.edu/library/faculty/delivery.php. J O’Day,
one of our circulation supervisors, will deliver your books or videos within three
to five business days. If you need to cancel a delivery or have questions about
this service, please contact J at x7168.
Preparing for the Future
By Tim Rowley, Assistant Director—Technical Services and Systems
No one can say what the world, or even the technological landscape will look like in five years. We even have
our doubts about what next year will look like. Like you, we wonder what technological innovations will be the
next big thing. But rather than wait for the future to come to us, we created an Emerging Technologies Com-mitee
(ETC) to meet the challenges presented by new discoveries. Each member has the opportunity to present
technology items they have discovered and discuss possible applications for the UVU Library. We usually glean
new technology ideas from the news, social media, conferences, and advertising. We always look at these new
gadgets and programs with an eye towards improving our services for you and for our students.
Some of our most successful projects have been:
• B&N Nook e-readers, preloaded with
browsing books, are available for check out.
• An iPad that helps a librarian roving the
shelving areas to give assistance to students
during the first days of the spring and fall
• QR codes applied to book “dummies” on
the shelves that link patrons to relevant on-line
• QR codes that link patrons to instructional
information on services located through-out
Student reading with one of our Nooks.
From Your Request to the Shelf: What Does It Take?
By Keith Rowley, Technical Services Librarian
We greatly appreciate your requests for new books and videos. Requests from you help keep our collec-tions
relevant and dynamic. All faculty requests receive priority ordering and processing and we rush
books that we know are needed urgently. We wanted to share this overview of how a book goes from an
interesting item in a book catalog to our shelves and take you behind behind the scenes.
Requests can be submitted through our website (www.uvu.edu/library/help/purchase.php) or an email
to the subject librarian (www.uvu.edu/library/about/subjectlibrarians.html). The subject librarian re-views
the request and sends it our Acquisitions Department. On average, 90% of our orders are received
within three months. Rushed items usually arrive within a week or so. A book request can take much
longer if the book is out of print, back-ordered, or just not widely available. (We have had book orders
languish with the vendor for over three years!)
When the book arrives, Acquisitions receives and pays for the item. The book is then sent to the Cata-loging
Department to be added to our catalog and given a call number. When the cataloging is done,
the book moves on to the Circulation Department for processing. Once all of that is done, the book is
finally ready for checkout.
Because of the delay between ordering, shipping, receiving, and processing books, we encourage you to
place your Library requests as soon as possible so that they’re available when you need them.
Students benefit greatly from faculty book requests.
By Kim Rollins, Reference/Instruction Librarian
In general, students are starving for help with their research, and the Library’s Instruction Committee is con-tinually
searching for new and improved ways to serve it to them. This committee, made up of the core group
of teaching librarians, is tasked with providing the best delivery of library instruction based on faculty needs.
Our standard presentations for ENGL 1010 and 2010/20 are developed and improved each year through close
collaboration with you and ongoing assessment of our instruction program. The core principles are based on
information literacy standards from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Although the
committee strives for consistency in these presentations, instruction librarians will always adjust to meet your
specific class needs. Contact Ben Wilson at x8423 or email@example.com to place an order from our instruction
ENGL 1010 and 2020/2010
Creating a research question (ENGL 1010 only)
Using OneSearch to find articles and books
Evaluating sources (ENGL 2010/2020 only)
Contacting a librarian for help
A la Carte
Consult with librarian, then teach your own class in the library labs
Introduction to Library services
Finding topic ideas
Introduction to subject specific article databases
Introduction to the Library catalog
Citing sources and plagiarism
Library Instruction: Serving Up What Faculty and Students Need
Beyond the Research Paper
By Annie Smith, Reference/Instruction Librarian
In previous issues of The Library Connection, I’ve pre-sented
new assignment ideas that can bring students and
library materials together without writing the dreaded
research paper. We’ve collected those assignment ideas,
along with others that we’ve used over the years, on a
new page on our website. The Instructor Resources page
serve as a constantly evolving hub for ways your students
can use the library. It already includes in-class activities,
discussion questions, and other ready-to-go resources.
Here is a fresh list of potential library assignments for students:
• Build a dictionary. Students will create a glossary of terms that they don’t understand from lectures
or textbooks using their own definitions, citing sources for each paraphrase. (This could also be a
great assessment tool. A project like this would demonstrate how much of the course material stu-dents
• Great debate. Using a discipline specific or current political controversy, have students present the
opposing viewpoints in a debate. Can they come to a consensus?
• Write a short historical fiction story. Our history and sociology books can help students bring the
time and the place to vivid (and accurate) life.
• The year in review. Develop a snapshot of a significant year. Groups could share information on con-temporary
controversies, scientific discoveries, master works in the arts, significant events in pop
culture, or other topics that are relevant to the class.
• You be the critic. Using biographical, critical, and other relevant books and articles, students will re-view
a piece of music, a performance, a work of art, a film, or a book. This would be more than just
an “I liked it/didn’t like it” review. Students would have to explore influences, form conventions, and
explain their reactions to their subject.
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