Website

Website

Catalog Facelift

Catalog Facelift

Long gone are the days of card-based catalogs, but still, the library’s online catalog continues to improve.  You may have tried the new version of IUCAT – the search box on our home page uses it – but now the bugs are worked out and it is our official index for books, ebooks, videos, reserves, and more.  It’s still the same catalog, though, and you can do all the same things – it’s just a new, cleaner interface.  You can still look for books and videos, renew your checkouts, request items from other IU campuses, and will receive email warnings before your checkouts come due.  But using it is easier than ever.   You can use it to search IU … Continued
Libguides: reliable research resources ..Trust the Guide!

Libguides: reliable research resources ..Trust the Guide!

IU East Campus Library has reached the milestone of 100 published library guides!  Since September 2009 IU East has been a member of the “Libguides” Community, which includes 1,857 libraries worldwide, representing 28,000 librarians who have contributed almost 140,000 publicly searchable guides on topics ranging from Art to Zoology.  At IU East, our libguides are developed in partnership with faculty to provide a convenient and organized portal of reliable information resources focused on specific courses or general subject areas.  Examples are Cost Accounting, Methods of Experimental Psychology, Topics in History: Understanding Vietnam, and Professional Nursing Seminar. Libguides are an online tool for students and faculty to conveniently access reliable content for course assignments and research.  Libguides are transforming the collaborative … Continued
Best of….

Best of….

Of course this is the time of year when reflection is rampant and “best of…” lists beset us.  So why should the library be any different?  So here’s a smattering of selected websites popular with some IU East library staff.  Enjoy!  Lora uses the Charity Navigator http://www.charitynavigator.org/ as a reliable way to research a charity to see if it is legit and how they spend their monies.  For searching 20 different English versions of the Bible Lora recommends the BibleGateway.com http://www.biblegateway.com/ and for a gateway to local U.S. and international newspapers, she suggests NewsVoyager http://www.newspaperlinks.com/home.cfm  Several library staff count on Snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/ and Truth or Fiction http://www.truthorfiction.com/ to verify urban legends and all those email scams before you forward to … Continued
Your Library on Facebook

Your Library on Facebook

One thing we really want to do here at the Library is be where our people are – not just physically, but on a deeper level, as well.  That’s why we’ve added things like informal instruction and the library living room to our more traditional offerings.  But we wanted those broad and diverse types of connections in the digital world, too.  People learn all different ways, and sometimes the old ways just don’t keep pace with today’s young scholars. So we’re proud to announce the debut of the library’s new Facebook page!  Now you can have the convenience of interacting with the library, right beside your other Friends and Likes.  There are pictures and maps already up for patrons who … Continued
Jargon Junction

Jargon Junction

This is Matt again. So, in case you hadn’t noticed, the library’s just launched a new web site.  And one big thing that’s changed was something that surprised me. A lot of the words I use all the time and think are obvious are instead off-putting jargon to people.  So while the old website was filled with ambiguous words like ‘databases’ and ‘reference’ and the like, words that could mean different things in different contexts, people wanted words that describe what they’re actually there to do.  Words like research. So our Aaron Hill and our other talented friends in marketing did a lot of reading and usability testing and put together a website that does just that.  Things are called … Continued