Current news at the WSU Libraries.
Libraries on target for December Search It launch
WSU Libraries is on track to launch Search It, a new shared library management service, by the end of December.
Once the system goes live, patrons can use a single search box to find journals, books and digitized collections. They also can access some 9 million titles and 26 million resources from 36 other higher education institutions.
For more about the changes, including any updates, visit http://libguides.wsulibs.wsu.edu/search_it.
“Our library faculty and staff have been extremely busy gearing up for this launch,” said Beth Blakesley, associate dean of WSU Libraries. “They attended training over the fall to learn about the new service applications and certify for the switchover.
“Several working groups are now testing the new system to ensure that library users have the smoothest transition possible when Search It goes live,” she said.
Search It is shared by a consortium of Pacific Northwest universities, colleges and community colleges called the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Six alliance universities were the first to make the switch to the system over the summer: Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.), Marylhurst University (Marylhurst, Ore.), Pacific University (Forest Grove, Ore.), University of Washington (Seattle), Western Washington University (Bellingham) and Willamette University (Salem, Ore.).
WSU will join the second group to migrate before the end of the year. All 37 libraries are expected to switch by December 2014.
For more about the Orbis Cascade Alliance, visit http://orbiscascade.org.
WSU Holland and Terrell libraries hours extended for dead and finals weeks
WSU students will have a new study tool available to them for the first time – round-the-clock access to university libraries during the last two weeks of the semester.
“After discussion with student leaders and examination of gate count data from last year, we decided to keep the Holland and Terrell libraries open 24/7 during dead and finals weeks,” said Beth Blakesley, associate dean of libraries.
The libraries opened at noon Saturday, Dec. 1, and will remain open through 9:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.
WSU Football Films Collection Now Online
Attention all WSU football fans: The Libraries have posted an online collection of newspaper reports, programs and game films from past Cougar football action, including the Apple Cup. The Digital Football Films Collection can be found at http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc/footballfilms. The Apple Cup timeline and related content is at http://digitalexhibits.wsulibs.wsu.edu/neatline-time/timelines/show/2.
For a detailed article on the collection, read the WSU News story.
If you plan to use the Thanksgiving Break to work on research papers and projects, remember that the WSU Libraries will offer help whether you're on campus or miles away from Pullman!
Assistance is available at the Holland / Terrell reference desk November 25-27 (Monday-Wednesday) from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Come in, or give us a call at (509) 335-9671.
And as always, 24/7 help is available from the "Ask a Question" page through the Ask-WA consortium. Chat with a librarian who can help you explore resources and answer questions specific to our databases and other resources.
Preserving treasures of the past: Lab tour, open house for new libraries conservator set for Nov. 14
Linnea Nelson, the new conservator for WSU Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections (MASC), will conduct a tour of the MASC conservation lab during a free, public open house 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, starting in the MASC main lobby, Terrell Library ground floor. She will also describe basic ways to care for and preserve historical documents.
Nelson discusses the field of archival conservation and its roots in the WSU News story.