Automatic Renewal of Library Materials Now Available

Beginning this semester, materials checked out from the Libraries that are eligible for renewal will now renew automatically, eliminating the need for users to manually initiate the renewal process. This includes materials from OWU, CONSORT, and OhioLINK but does NOT include items borrowed elsewhere through interlibrary loan (ILL) services.

Library users will be sent email messaging regarding these renewals and additional notification when an item finally becomes due. For details about loan periods and the number of renewals allowed on circulating items, visit the Borrow, Renew, Request page on the Libraries’ web site.

Still have questions? Library staff are happy to help. Email: libraries@owu.edu or Phone: 740-368-3225

OhioLINK Central Catalog Updates

Starting December 19th, OhioLINK will be introducing an alternative version of its Central Catalog. Here is what you need to know about the change:

  1. The new version is called “Encore” and the older version will be referred to as the “Classic Catalog.”
  2. Encore is an alternative not a replacement of the Central Catalog.
  3. The OWU and CONSORT Libraries will continue linking to the “classic” version to maintain search functionality and click-through search capabilities from CONSORT to OhioLINK. OhioLINK’s page will default to Encore. A link to the Classic Catalog is available in the upper right corner of Encore if you need to make the switch.
  4. Which version should you use? Encore is a single-search with facets/options similar to our “Find All” search. The Classic Catalog allows for more controlled and targeted searching including subject searching, OCLC numbers, etc.

Please reach out libraries@owu.edu with any questions. Our staff will be happy to assist.

Safari Books (now O’Reilly Safari Learning) Platform Update

Recently, Safari Books Online adopted a new platform, called the O’Reilly Safari Learning Platform. This is a reminder that the final cutover to the new platform is this Friday, December 21st.  As of this date, access to the legacy Safari Books Online platform will no longer be available.

All links from the library website, catalog, and Summon have been updated, so you should not encounter any problems if accessing the platform that way. However, please be aware that any links saved before the 2018 fall semester will no longer work.

Questions about content or access? Please contact us!

Library Website and Guide Changes

We have made some changes to our website and guides this summer with the intent of making resource finding easier and more intuitive, especially for first time users. Below is a summary of the changes.

Website

The Find Databases links (under the default search box on the home page) have been removed. The Find Journal Titles link (above the search box) has now become Find Articles & Databases. Clicking on this new link users will see three options:

  1. Get Started – Links to Academic Search Complete and Credo Reference
  2. Dig Deeper – Links to finding databases by title (A-Z list) and subject
  3. Find Journals – The same search for finding a journal by title, just relocated

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After       

LibGuides

Our librarian-created guides for courses, subject resources, and other topics have undergone a reorganization. Instead of defaulting to a list of all guides, users will default to a list of guides organized by Subject with options to browse guides by type, librarian, or title (all guides). We have also instituted a naming convention to help better identify course guides. All course guides will now begin with the course code/number followed by course title.

Should you have questions or need help navigating these changes, please reach out to your liaison librarian or contact us at libraries@owu.edu.

Five Colleges Omeka Workshop for Faculty – Tuesday, May 30th

The Five Colleges of Ohio Digital Collaborations Group would like to invite you to an Omeka workshop open to faculty from all five colleges on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 10am – 2pm. It will be held at The College of Wooster in the Timken Science Library Lab. Lunch will be served in Andrews Library in CoRE.

Omeka, an open source web publishing platform, has grown in popularity as a resource for engaging students in curating online exhibits, developing digital literacies, and practicing scholarly communication. The workshop will focus on the use of Omeka for class-centered digital projects, but we will also present a general introduction on using it to create online exhibits. During lunch, Dr. Jordan Biro Walters, Visiting Assistant Professor in History, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, will share her experiences with Omeka at Wooster. If you are a previous Ohio 5 Omeka Faculty Workshop attendee, please note that this workshop is very similar to those given at Denison and Kenyon in the past. Due to space limitations, registration will be capped at 25 participants and priority will be given to new attendees.

Lunch, mileage reimbursement, and a $100 stipend will be provided to those attending the workshop.

If you are interested in attending, please register by Friday, May 19, 2017 by completing the registration form. If you have any questions please contact Catherine Newton (canewton@wooster.edu).

Interruption in OhioLINK services – March 21st from 7:30pm-10:00pm

We have been informed that there will be a slight interruption in OhioLINK services on Tuesday, March 21st from 7:30pm – 10:00pm. The outage window is anticipated to be less than 30 minutes but the exact timing is unknown. This will affect popular resources and services like the Electronic Journal Center (EJC), Electronic Book Center (EBC) and Central Catalog.

Please plan accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience.