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“Meet the Library Staff” – Information Systems & Resources

The Elihu Burritt Library worked with the Media Center to produce a series of “Meet the Library Staff” videos.

This week meet librarians from the library’s Information Systems & Resources. These librarians provide support for the library’s technology  systems, with a special focus on public use computers and equipment, the library’s catalog – CentralSearch, a “Makerspace” with 3d printers, the library’s website, and advocacy for low and no-cost open educational resources / textbooks.Meet the Library Staff - Information Systems & Resources Unit

Enjoy the video HERE

Here are the four “Meet the Staff” videos:

Tuesday, August 28th: Access Services: https://mediaspace.ccsu.edu/media/Meet+the+Library+Staff+-+Access+Services/1_y1msotin

Tuesday, September 4th: Special Collections: https://mediaspace.ccsu.edu/media/Meet+the+Library+Staff+-+Special+Collections/1_ms1huslv 

Tuesday, September 11th: Reference: https://mediaspace.ccsu.edu/media/Meet+the+Library+Staff+-+Reference/1_wi041dfq

Tuesday, September 18th:
Information Systems and Resources: https://mediaspace.ccsu.edu/media/Meet+the+Library+Staff+-+Information+Systems+and+Resources/1_012l44wk

OpenCSCU—A service to support CSCU faculty in the exploration of Open Education Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions” (https://hewlett.org/strategy/open-educational-resources/).

The OpenCSCU LibrOpenCSCU website features live librarian chat to help you discover OERs in your subject areaary Network (http://cscu.libguides.com/) is a new service supporting the elimination of typical barriers related to discovery, licensing, and implementation of Open Education Resources (OER).

The CSCU Council of Library Directors have committed resources to support faculty from all 17 CSCU institutions. Librarians from across the system, experienced with OER, provide virtual coverage Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm to address any faculty inquiries related to OER.

This service will support faculty seeking more permissive course materials to supplement or replace existing copyright-restricted materials as well as reduce the cost burden for their students. The librarians will assist in identifying discipline-specific resources to evaluate and assist in reviewing the copyright permissions allowed by the materials as well as provide guidance on how to implement and give attribution to those materials.

Faculty can explore the numerous resources on the OpenCSCU website that will help guide OER discovery and creation. If assistance is needed, a virtual chat session is available with a CSCU OER librarian in the website window. This site is live and can be used immediately!

Additionally, to connect with our own curated OERs LibGuide (that conveniently links to OpenCSCU), go to: http://libguides.ccsu.edu/oers

“Meet the Library Staff” – Reference

The Elihu Burritt Library worked with the Media Center to produce a series of “Meet the Library Staff” videos.

This week meet librarians from the library’s Reference Department. Staffing the Reference/Information Desk on the library’s second floor, Reference Librarians offer research help for students and faculty members. They also offer instruction in the use of library resources and information literacy.Meet the Library Staff - Reference - video screenshot

Enjoy the video HERE

Here’s is the Media Center’s schedule for the release of four videos:

Tuesday, August 28th: Access Services: https://mediaspace.ccsu.edu/media/Meet+the+Library+Staff+-+Access+Services/1_y1msotin

Tuesday, September 4th: Special Collections: https://mediaspace.ccsu.edu/media/Meet+the+Library+Staff+-+Special+Collections/1_ms1huslv 

Tuesday, September 11th: Reference: https://mediaspace.ccsu.edu/media/Meet+the+Library+Staff+-+Reference/1_wi041dfq

Tuesday, September 18th:
Information Systems and Resources: https://mediaspace.ccsu.edu/media/Meet+the+Library+Staff+-+Information+Systems+and+Resources/1_012l44wk

“Meet the Library Staff” – Special Collections

Meet the Staff - Special Collections video screenshotThe Elihu Burritt Library worked with the Media Center to produce a series of “Meet the Library Staff” videos.

This week meet librarians from the library’s Special Collections  and learn about unique materials available to CCSU through Special Collections, such as the: University Archives, GLBTQ Archives, and the Connecticut Polish-American Archives.

Enjoy the video HERE

Here’s is the Media Center’s schedule for the release of four videos:

Tuesday, August 28th: Access Services : https://mediaspace.ccsu.edu/media/Meet+the+Library+Staff+-+Access+Services/1_y1msotin

Tuesday, September 4th: Special Collections: https://mediaspace.ccsu.edu/media/Meet+the+Library+Staff+-+Special+Collections/1_ms1huslv 

Tuesday, September 11th: Reference

Tuesday, September 18th: Information Services and Resources

Eresources Spotlight: CQ Press Researcher

Did you know that the Burritt Library subscribes to numerous collections of online resources that are available to our students, faculty and staff from both on and off campus?  As a member of the CCSU community you have access to a wide ranCQ Press Researcher database highlightedge of databases, e-journals, eBooks and other tools to support you in your studies, research and teaching!  With so many resources available, it can be difficult to keep track of them all.  In our Spotlight series, we will highlight one of these resources each month to help connect our students and faculty with some of the unique resources available via the Elihu Burritt Library, and to offer some tips and tricks for using them.  In our first installment of the Fall 2018 series, allow us to introduce you to CQ Press Researcher.

 

“Meet the Library Staff” – Access Services

Kim Farrington, Head of the Library's Access Services Department in the Meet the Staff videoThe Elihu Burritt Library worked with the Media Center to produce a series of “Meet the Library Staff” videos.

This week meet librarians from the library’s Access Services.

Access Services is responsible for circulation and the library’s physical materials (books & media), provides Interlibrary Loan, and manages access to Course Reserves materials and to additional textbooks available for use in the library.

Enjoy the video HERE

Welcome Back – Regular Library Hours for Fall 2018!

The Elihu Burritt Library welcomes back returning CCSU students and faculty and extends a special welcome to the incoming class of 2022!

On Tuesday, August 28, 2018 the library will return to regular semester hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8am-10:45pm
  • Friday: 8am-4:45pm
  • Saturday: 9am-3:45pm
  • Sunday: 2pm-9:45pm

The library will be closed the Labor Day weekend, Saturday – Monday, September 1st-3rd. Regular hours will resume on  Tuesday, September 4th!

View our month by month schedule of library hours at https://library.ccsu.edu/calendar/month.php.

Image of students and parents in front of library

 

For the university’s academic calendar (indicating important dates such as holidays, the exam schedule, and deadlines for add/drop/withdrawal), visit http://www.ccsu.edu/calendar/.

Central Search & Database Login Improvement

A change taking place on Monday, August 20, will make it easier for many library users to log into CentralSearch and the library’s databases. CCSU users will use their CCSU email and password combination to access databases from off campus or log onto CentralSearch.

Because the library’s authentication system is switching to a CCSU-based setup, there will be an improvement in usability for many users. Specifically, this will help faculty and staff whose Bluenet account and email prefixes are not the same and for students (whose email addresses end in my.ccsu.edu).

In the past, these users had to remember to login using a combination of their Bluenet ids and an @ccsu.edu suffix. Now, all library users will simply be able to use their ccsu emails and passwords. These accounts are managed via the CCSU Accounts Management System, so passwords used to access the library’s CentralSearch and online resources can be reset through CCSU’s Accounts Management page.

Check out CentralSearch’s Help page to review the login process.

Sign In / My Account from CentralSearchSign In step 2 in CentralSearchA Login Dialog Box from the CCSU-based authentication to CentralSearch and databases

Summer hours update – August 3 to August 27

As of Friday, August 3rd, the library hours will be changed for the rest of the summer session (until August 27, 2018). The updated hours will be Monday-Friday, 8am to 4:45 pm, closed on Saturdays & Sundays.

We will return to normal Fall session hours as of Monday, August 27th (M-Th: 8am-10:45pm; F: 8am-4:45pm; Sat: 9am-3:45pm; Sun: 2-9:45pm). To review hours by day/month, visit our calendar at https://library.ccsu.edu/calendar/month.php 

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your summer!