Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Your Input on Library and Learning Spaces is Needed!

The UVM Libraries and Campus Planning are working with consultants from the architectural firm of Shepley Bullfinch to create a master plan for renovations to Bailey/Howe library and the possible addition of a Learning Commons that would include instructional spaces, specialized technology labs, and support services.

We need input from the campus community on September 6th and 7th. Please come to one of our open forums/focus groups:

For Faculty:
FOCUS GROUP #1, Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Billings North Lounge
Refreshments served.
FOCUS GROUP #2, Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 2-3:20 p.m.
Billings North Lounge
Refreshments served.

Topics covered will include:
  • Faculty teaching and research.
  • Student study, learning, and research activities.
  • Library collections’ access and use.
  • Instructional space.
  • Multi-media use and production.
  • IT services and resources.
  • Academic support services.
  • Potential library partnerships and services.

For Graduate Students:
OPEN FORUM, Tuesday, September 6, 2011, noon to 1PM
Bailey/Howe Library’s McCrorey Gallery
Pizza and refreshments served.

Topics covered will include:
  • How the library currently meets your needs.
  • The best and least used library spaces.
  • What you need to better support and advance your work.
  • The balance between physical and digital resources.
  • Additional service and partnership possibilities for the Libraries.

RSVPS for focus groups are encouraged; drop-ins welcome. Email
Can’t make it? We still want to know how you use existing library spaces for study, research and teaching, and the kind of spaces you would like to utilize in the future. Drop us a line at 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Spotlight on the Collection (new!) - Ambrose Streaming Videos

Ambrose Video is a leading producer of educational documentaries, offering an extensive library of award-winning materials in social studies, literature, fine arts, and the sciences. The UVM Libraries has purchased a license for accessing several video collections via streaming video, including...(drum roll please..) the Complete set (37) of BBC Shakespeare Plays.
NOTE  off-campus access to this resource requires a log-in. Clips may be integrated into your Blackboard course sites.

Streaming video is a means of delivering video content to computer desktops via an Internet connection, without requiring any additional equipment for decoding or downloading.  A host server delivers the file to the receiving computer.  Multiple users can view the same video at the same time from different locations. Streaming video differs from downloads in that no copy of the file is stored on the end-user’s computer, so files remain relatively secure.

Access Ambrose Streaming Videos from the Library website:

Little Used Journals

Departmental liaisons have been informed by the Acquisitions librarians that several journal subscriptions will be canceled.  The decision was based on a usage study for the past two years. I was sent the following list as the liaison to English/FTS:
  • Arcadia
  • Chloe
  • English Studies
  • English Studies in Africa
  • New Formations
  • Publications of the English Goethe Society
Of course, you will always be able to request articles from these journals through Interlibrary Loan. If you have any immediate concerns, please contact Peter Spitzform / 656-2632. If you feel the pinch in some way during this year, you may certainly request that a journal subscription be reinstated.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Spotlight on the Collection (new!) - Two Databases

During the summer, the UVM Libraries purchased access to two fabulous resources. Please let me know if you have any questions about using these databases.

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online  (DLB) [Remote Access-UVM Affiliates Only]
Searchable database of full-text literary biographies (including critical response to literary works) profiling past and present authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers, and playwrights worldwide from every era.

This is the online version of the well-known "blue books" in the Reference Collection. Literature Resource Center provides the partial contents of this set-text only, but this new resource is the complete version, available in pdf format-with images.

Another full-text historical newspaper has been added to our stable of historical full-text newspapers.

Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 (Times of London)  [Remote Access - UVM Affiliates Only]
Full-text of the Times of London, 1785-1985.  Search or browse full-page images of the paper.

For a list of full-text newspapers (current and historical) useful for your research see the "Newspaper Articles" tab in the English & American Literature subject guide and the Film & Television Studies subject guide.

Access these resources from the Library website:

Spotlight on the Collection - Database News

During the summer, some of our existing databases that you may use have changed or altered somewhat - hopefully for the better!

JSTOR:  The UVM Libraries has purchased access to several additional Arts & Sciences journal collections, which we hope will enrich your research.
While JSTOR provides subscriptions to individual journal titles, the primary method of providing access to journals is through "collections" (like Comcast cable when channels are bundled according to level of service). To see what collections (and what journals) UVM currently subscribes to, click on Note: you may have to use the VPN client to gain access to these lists from off-campus.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index (via Web of Science):  Date coverage now extends back to 1975. Previously, our coverage began in 1982.

International Index to Performing Arts (IIPA): ProQuest, the vendor from whom we purchase access, has created a new search interface for its databases. For those of you who search this database for film, television, and theatre/drama research, I believe you'll find the new search screen more intuitive and user-friendly. As always, let me know if you have any questions about this new search interface.

Dissertation Abstracts: This database is temporarily unavailable. Our previous vendor, FirstSearch, dropped this database. Acquisitions librarians are working to make this database available from another vendor. If you have questions about this, please contact Albert Joy or Peter Spitzform.

Library Orientation Workshop - New English Graduate Students

The library orientation workshop for new English graduate students will be offered in September. While the workshop is geared towards new arrivals, returning graduate students are more than welcome to attend as a "refresher."  This workshop is designed to introduce library services and collections, as well as some search tips that will enhance research.
Pre-registation is not required.
Courtesy Note: Food and drink are not allowed in the classroom.

Date:  Monday, September 12
Time:  3:30-5:00
Location:  B/H Library Classroom. Room 123. Main/1st floor.

Literary Criticism Workshops - Fall 2011

The literary criticism workshops for Fall 2011 have been scheduled. They are geared to the uninitiated or uncertain.
LOCATION: Bailey/Howe Library Classroom (Room 123) Main/1st floor

September 14 (Wednesday)
Literature Resource Center : 4-5 pm
MLA Int'l Bibliography : 5-6 pm

November 7 (Monday)
Literature Resource Center : 4-5 pm
MLA Int'l Bibliography : 5-6 pm

There is no "ideal" time of day or perfect day of the week to offer workshops. This is my best attempt to offer them at strategic times throughout the semester. I will make sure they are advertised on the Library web site at appropriate times. I would appreciate it if you would post these dates and times to your Blackboard site, list them on your syllabus, and/or mention them in class.

As always, if students need assistance and are unable to attend these workshops, please have them contact me directly and I will be happy to set up an individual appointment.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.

Library Research Annex (LRA) - Public Access

Beginning in Fall 2011, public access to the Library Research Annex (LRA) has ceased.  The only appointments that may be made are for access to Special Collections or Archives materials.

What does this mean for you?
You and your students may no longer physically go to the LRA to look at materials. Materials will be brought to the B/H Library at your request.

Individuals who need to look at these materials may retrieve them at the Circulation Desk (by presenting a  UVM ID), and then view them anywhere in the library.
Looking at materials with all your students at once (i.e., a group viewing) may present a challenge.

Please contact Access Services ( / 656-2023) if you wish to continue the practice of a group view.  If you have questions or concerns about this, please contact Jeffrey Marshall or Paul Philbin.