Western Libraries - Fall 2013 Issue 1

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Welcome to the first issue of 3 Things for the new academic year. We’re going to bring you up to date on some significant changes. OneSearch has arrived as we promised in our last Spring Quarter issue! Course Reserves are now embedded in Canvas making access to electronic content for courses virtually seamless for students and faculty. And we are celebrating Western Libraries’ 50th anniversary as a documents depository for federal government. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!

  Something New!

Get The Most From OneSearch!
By Paul Piper, Heritage Resources Librarian & Frank Haulgren, Collection Services Manager

OneSearch, the Library’s new search engine, went live just over three months ago. Still in its Beta phase, OneSearch has improved dramatically since its introduction. We have seen a lot of growing pains, but we are proud of OneSearch, and are satisfied with its development. Each librarian and staff member of Western Libraries is ready and able to help you get the most from OneSearch so please, ask us when you need help or checkout the Search Tips.

Here are three simple suggestions that will improve your OneSearch experience. 

Sign in, Scope, and Strategy!

  • Always sign in. It improves your search results and your access to delivery options.
  • Choose a scope. There are three drop-down search scopes for OneSearch: WWU-only and WWU/Summit will only get you books etc. The Everything search gives you a true OneSearch experience by returning books, etc. and articles.
  • Consider your search strategy. Not only your search terms and scope, but also whether an Advanced Search (for a specific author/title) or a Browse (for a specific call number) would be the best approach.

OneSearch at Western is the local manifestation of a much larger project being undertaken by all 37 of our Orbis-Cascade Alliance partners over the next 18 months (see previous issue). During this period Primo, the software that runs OneSearch, will be constantly tweaked and refined to provide the best search experience for our users. In just the last few weeks we’ve seen these improvements.

  • Relevancy of search results & known items. That means you get the kind of results from your search that you expect and that known items rise to the top of those results.
  • WWU-Scope added. A “scope” narrows the pool of records being searched up front. Lots of people asked for this. It allows for searching materials, including ebooks and journals that exist only within our collections. But not specific journal articles.

What other improvements are coming? Watch for these over the next few months.

  • Improved display of journal holdings. We recently added year holdings to the print journal records in OneSearch. Work is underway to display that information at the article citation level.
  • Improved filters. This is a top priority. Better filtering will allow you to finesse the post-search results list in the ways you want to.
  • De-duplication. Duplicate records can confuse search results and are we are working to minimize these.

We are also working on a series on one-minute tip videos! But if you are experiencing difficulties with OneSearch now we urge you to contact your librarian. They are here to assist you with your research in every way possible.

 

 
  This Issue's Great Tip

Course Reserves Comes to Canvas! 
By Joanna Bailey, Course Reserves/Copyright Permissions

Western Libraries is pleased to announce that Course Readings and Reserves are now fully integrated with the Canvas Course Management System. This integration offers an enhanced service to Western students and faculty by making it easier for the Libraries to provide access to valuable resources while simultaneously reducing university culpability in regards to U.S. Copyright Laws and Fair Use Guidelines. 

Additionally, Western Libraries has put in place procedures to assure that instructors who use supplemental readings in their courses are leveraging the libraries’ extensive electronic and print collections to reduce costs for both their departments and students. Our membership in the Orbis-Cascade Alliance, and the buying power that comes with it, has significantly expanded access to electronic content for all disciplines over the last few years. 

For students, this means you will be able to see what is on reserve for your class from right within your Canvas account! Take a couple of minutes to check out this video which walks you through how to locate your reserve readings in Canvas.

For faculty, this means if you are an instructor who wants to create a list of reading materials for your class, we will do the leg work for you! We’ll find the electronic content that duplicates your dog eared photocopies. We’ll determine how to achieve copyright compliance. We’ll put the content up through our e-reserves gateway, which we will then convert into “Modules” inside the corresponding Canvas course record.

This means we will:

  • Check our database subscriptions to identify materials already licensed for WWU users.
  • Check our collections for materials we own.
  • Scan materials provided by faculty.
  • Purchase hard copy and/or e-books, as needed.
  • Gain copyright clearance, as needed, or search for a suitable substitute.
  • Retrieve materials from our collection and accept materials from faculty and their departments to place on hard copy reserve in a secure area with restricted loan periods.
  • Help instructors determine the most efficient and cost effective approach for providing access to course materials.

If you have any questions or need more information about the Course Reserves / Canvas integration, go to the “Course Reserves Overview” page, or email the Course Reserves contact joanna.bailey@wwu.edu.

  Did You Know?

Western Libraries Celebrates 50 Years as Depository
By Rob Lopresti, Librarian for Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Canadian-American Studies, Government Information and Maps

Doing anything worthwhile for 50 years is something to celebrate, and Western has been a Federal Depository Library since 1963. What is a depository? It means that the government sends us publications for free and we agree to make them available, not only to Western students, but to the community at large. That’s why we have more than 200,000 government publications. And there are advantages beyond paper: for example, you have full-text access to the 125,000 publications in the Homeland Security Digital Library only because we are a depository.

So how are we celebrating? On Friday, November 1, at 1 PM in the library Skybridge, there will be cake, a display of some surprising government documents (jigsaw puzzles, flashcards, how-to-grow-hemp & more), and a little history of the collection.

At 2 PM in the Library Presentation Room (WL 164) four distinguished Western professors will discuss how they use government information in their work. They are: Andy Bach (Environmental Studies), Paul Chen (Political Science), Zite Hutton (Accounting), and Kevin Leonard (History).

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call Rob Lopresti at 360-650-3342 or rob.lopresti@wwu.edu

 

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