Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Spotlight on the Internet - Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts

Many of you may already be aware of this Internet source for digitized manuscripts - Digital Scriptorum, an image database of 5300 (currently) medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions. This database is hosted by Columbia University Libraries.

I'd like to draw your attention to another similar Internet source for digitized manuscripts - Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts, hosted by UCLA-Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Introduced to the general public in December 2008, it links to almost 1,000 manuscripts by nearly 200 authors in 20 languages.

Caveat: Once the desired manuscript is located, users move to the library or archive hosting the image, where one encounters a variety of portal configurations.

While the Digital Scriptorum manuscripts are drawn from repositories in the United States, the Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts draws from collections in Europe, Australia, North America, and Japan. There is only a very small overlap in the 2 collections-specifically in the U.S. repositories.

Monday, June 29, 2009

New Borrowing Privileges for UVM Faculty

As members of the Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries (VCAL), the University of Vermont Libraries now offer borrowing privileges to faculty members at any participating Vermont institution.

University of Vermont faculty can obtain VCAL Reciprocal Borrowing cards at the Bailey/Howe Library Circulation Desk, which will allow them to borrow materials from libraries at Middlebury College, Bennington College, Vermont Law School, Sterling College, Vermont state colleges, and other institutions.

All borrowers will present to the lending library a completed Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries Faculty Reciprocal Borrowing card issued by their home library. This card will carry with it an authorization and expiration date issued by the home library.

Each library has set its own circulation policies (e.g., loan period, renewals, etc.)

Use the B/H Library interlibrary loan service or borrow directly-whatever is most convenient.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Order on Demand (OOD) Redux

RE: the post from June 2, 2009

I just learned that the OOD program extends to three publishers not two. The third publisher is John Wiley. I've updated the June 2 post to reflect this. A reminder that only one word in the publisher name is sufficient when searching, e.g., wiley.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Library Resources & Blackboard

Many of you use Blackboard for your courses. If you want to learn more about how to integrate library resources and services into your course on Blackboard, click Integrating Library Resources & Services into Blackboard.

Here you will find instructions on how to create links to resources such as e-reserves, an item in the Library Catalog, an article from an online journal or full-text database, etc.

On this page you will also learn how your library liaison [that would be me!] can add specialized materials or support for your class.

This page is found from the Library homepage -> Services -> For Faculty -> Classroom Support -> Integrating Library....

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Looking Ahead to Fall 2009 - Redux

In my May 8th post, I wrote that I'll be on leave from the beginning of July through most of August. When I return towards the end of August....

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to support you and your students in your fall courses.
I can do one or more of the following:

* Design a web-based research guide customized for your course
* Meet with your students as a group during class time
* Consult with you on a research assignment
* Meet with students as a group (across Eng/FTS courses) outside of class, for workshops on using specific resources such as MLA Bibliography, Literature Resource Center, JSTOR, etc.
* Meet with students individually for research assistance with a paper or project. Please encourage them to contact me directly.

Feel free to include my name and contact information on your syllabi as the librarian for English and FTS, who looks forward to helping students with their research.

Spotlight on the Internet - European Film Gateway

Grab your popcorn and junior mints! While browsing through the web site Europeana (funded by the European Commission and the member states, this site links you to 4 million digital items from Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections ) for a project, I came across another web site that may be of interest to our Film faculty and students - European Film Gateway (EFG).

This is a nascent project which intends to provide direct access to about 790,000 digital objects including films, photos, posters, drawings, sound material and text documents. While there is no actual content available now (keep checking), clicking on Related Links, on the left of the page, brings you to a list of sites for audio-visual portals and projects.

One site does offer some fine viewing - Europa Film Treasures. This site offers "treasures from 28 European film archives to re-discover and view online." It is searchable by a variety of criteria, including country of origin and genre. The current selection spans the years 1896-1999 and includes-for now-76 films.

Care to learn more about and view "Jedna Seoska Srpska Svadba" (A Serbian Country Wedding) from 1910? Just click on the film title link. There are more gems like this from Hungary, Russia, Ireland, Sweden, etc.

I have added this link to the Film & Television Studies subject guide, under the "Web Sites" tab.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Spotlight on the Collection - PsycINFO

The database PsycINFO doesn't readily come to mind when researching a literary or film topic; this is the core database for psychological literature (journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, etc.).

However, in addition to MLA International Bibliography, PsycINFO may be an additional source for locating material on the psychological study of literature or film, or psychological interpretation of individual authors, filmmakers, individual literary works or films. These articles or book chapters are generally from psychology journals or books.

In MLA International Biography, use these search phrases in addition to your other search term/s:
psychoanalytic approach
psychological approach

In PsycINFO, use this search phrase in addition to your other search term/s:
psychoanalytic interpretation

Find PsycINFO in the "Find Articles & More" lists --> Browse by Title (P) and Browse by Topic (Psychology).

Friday, June 5, 2009

Spotlight on the Collection - International Medieval Bibliography (new!)

Geoffrey Chaucer would be proud. International Medieval Bibliography (IMB) , a core resource in Medieval Studies, is now available online through the UVM Libraries. This is the leading interdisciplinary bibliography of the Middle Ages (450-1450), indexing periodicals, conference proceedings, essay collections and festschriften. The online version also provides integrated access to Bibliographie de Civilisation Médiévale (BCM), which indexes monographs. Users can choose to search both databases simultaneously or select only one of the two bibliographies. Coverage begins in 1957, but coverage date varies by publication. The Advanced search mode allows a more refined search, e.g., limiting by language, academic discipline, century, etc.

Find IMB :
  • "Find Articles & More" lists

    • Browse by Title (I)

    • Browse by Topic (Literature-English, Theatre, History).

Find BCM :
  • "Find Articles & More" lists

    • Browse by Title (B)

    • Browse by Topic (Literature-English, Theatre, History).

An added bonus is online access to the International Directory of Medievalists. Find this resource in the "Find Articles & More" title list. Within the IMB database, click on the pull-down menu at the top of the screen, "All products," and choose the resource.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Order on Demand (OOD)

While searching the Library Catalog, you may have come across catalog records for books we don't have - you see "Collection: Order On Demand," with an icon you click on to rush order the book for the library. Feel free to order the book when you find something you feel the library should own. The three publishers we currently use in this program are Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, and John Wiley; this program applies to recently published books only.

To actively search for books that are part of OOD, .....
Library Catalog -> Guided Keyword Search

Top search box: ood
Middle search box: oxford (to limit to just Oxford UP bks) macmillan (to limit to just Macmillan bks). choose "Publication facts" in the Search in: pull-down menu.
Bottom search box: your search term/s

For example, to search for Oxford UP OOD books that have "american fiction" as a subject heading.....

You don't have to use the entire publisher's name-oxford, macmillan or wiley will do; you don't have to restrict the search term/s to the subject headings field, but it will refine your search. Since new books are published all the time, these lists do change; I regularly troll these lists and order books I think the library should own, but you may also want to search these OOD lists periodically.

As always please let me know if you have any questions about this program or searching for these books.

EndNote X2 for Macs

I just had an excellent question about downloading the latest version of EndNote onto a Mac. Let me share my answer will all of you who have Macs. According to the note on the ETS (aka UVM Computer Services) software site, EndNote X2 files are compatible across Windows and Mac OS X platforms. If this download doesn't work on your computer, you may want to contact Hope Greenberg in Academic Computing/CTL e-mail: hope.greenberg@uvm.edu / tel: 656-1176. She is the EndNote czarina and has taught CTL workshops on EndNote. I'm sure she would be happy to help you.