Current news at the WSU Libraries.
WSU Libraries changing to shared system for online holdings searches, borrowing, more access
Patrons of Washington State University Libraries soon will use a single search box to find journals, books and digitized collections. Users will see other improvements, too, including access to some 9 million titles and 26 million resources from 36 other higher education institutions.
“The new system promises to be a more cohesive experience for our patrons,” said Beth Blakesley, associate dean of WSU Libraries. “It will be a true one-stop shop for all our users’ research needs.”
At the end of December, WSU Libraries will move to a new system shared by a consortium of Pacific Northwest universities, colleges and community colleges called the Orbis Cascade Alliance. With its user interface, called Search It, patrons will be able to search a broad array of content from all 37 library collections as well as other open-access digital repositories and WorldCat, the holdings database from libraries around the world.
For more about what users can expect from the change, visit the WSU Libraries Web page at http://libguides.wsulibs.wsu.edu/search_it.
“This is a revolutionary step for us, a fundamental shift,” said WSU Libraries Dean Jay Starratt. “We had an outdated structure of separate systems. We’re moving to a shared, integrated library system that will serve the functional needs of 37 libraries and help our university community achieve the best outcomes possible.
“WSU has held a leadership role in this process,” he said. “With no slowdown to other services, our library staff has been actively leading this regional move. We’ll continue to play this role as we complete the migration.”
Six 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 of alliance libraries 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 the organization website at http://orbiscascade.org/index/index.
Open Access Week Unlocks Information for Everyone, Everywhere
WSU Libraries will host three events in October and November to showcase Open Access Week Oct. 21-27. The international event is dedicated to free, immediate online access to the results of scholarly research and the right to use and reuse those results as needed. For more about open access and the week's events and speakers, click on the WSU News link. American Libraries magazine also has an adapted story on its website.
Honoring Former President Glenn Terrell
Announcement from the Office of the President
Please join us in honoring the life and legacy of former Washington State University president Glenn Terrell. Dr. Terrell, who served as president from 1967 to 1985, died Friday, August 30, at the age of 93.
A celebration of life ceremony, featuring speakers, music, and memory sharing, will be held at 1:45 p.m., Thursday, October 10, in the Terrell Library Atrium on the WSU Pullman campus. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP. More information about the event is available by calling 877-978-3868.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, any memorial donations be sent to the WSU Libraries Glenn Terrell Endowment for Excellence in Student Services, WSU Foundation,PO Box 641927, Pullman, WA 99164-1927.
Gov. Shutdown Affects Some Information Services
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: limited
Agricola: down (EBSCO’s Agricola can still be searched.
Bureau of Economic Analysis: down
Bureau of Justice Statistics: available
Bureau of Labor Statistics: limited
Census (and FedStats): down
ERIC: down (EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is making the government database ERIC available during the government shutdown. Because of the shutdown, access to the full text of articles and other materials will not be available but researchers will have access to the full set of A&I records on EBSCOhost. Users going tohttp://www.ebsco.com/freeERIC <http://www.ebsco.com/freeERIC> will now see ERIC listed among the other free EBSCO databases such as GreenFILE™ and Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts™ (LISTA).
Federal Election Commission: limited
Library of Congress: limited (thomas.gov and beta.congress.gov available)
National Archives and Records Administration: limited
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency: limited
In light of the uncertainties regarding government operations, we wanted to let you know that the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information <http://www.osti.gov/home/> (OSTI) will continue to make available OSTI databases, search tools and web pages, including SciTech Connect <http://www.osti.gov/scitech/> and Science Accelerator <http://www.scienceaccelerator.gov/> . Should the situation change, OSTI will put out another announcement prior to any of our products being unavailable for any period of time.
The census web site is not functioning: http://www.census.gov/
(http://era.nih.gov/) may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted
If you are a grantee or grant applicant looking for guidance, see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-13-126.html
Congress has not passed an appropriation for FY 2014 or a Continuing Resolution to allow Government agencies to continue normal operations. Therefore, like all Federal agencies, GPO is preparing for a Government shutdown beginning at midnight on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. During a furlough due to a Government shutdown, GPO employees can only work on activities directly related to the legislative process, and on activities for an orderly shutdown and to protect property and assets.
Effective October 1, 2013, all staff of Library Services and Content Management (LSCM) will be furloughed due to the funding lapse. GPO will not be updating gpo.gov, FDLP.gov, the Catalog of Government Publications, Ben’s Guide, or be responding to askGPO questions until funding is restored. The Laurel warehouse will be closed so there will be no shipments to depository libraries.
Congressional materials will continue to be processed and posted to FDsys. Federal Register services on FDsys will be limited to documents that protect life and property. The remaining collections on FDsys will not be updated and will resume after funding is restored.
USATrade Online will be shutdown starting today until further notice.
During the shutdown, USA.gov will not be updated, but the website will be available. You can also get answers to government questions by calling 1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636), 8 AM - 8 PM (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday.
Due to the lapse in government funding, PubMed is being maintained with minimal staffing. Information will be updated to the extent possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries.
Learn the status of government services during the shutdown.
New Faculty Invited to Meet Liaison Librarians during Oct. 3 Reception
Faculty newly hired to Washington State University can meet the librarians who serve the reference, library instruction and research needs of each academic department at an Oct. 3 reception. The meet-and-greet is planned from 3-4:30 p.m. at the WSU Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections exhibit room, just off of the Terrell Library ground-floor atrium.
The nearly 20 liaison librarians cover the gamut of WSU academic disciplines, from astronomy to microbiology. They purchase library materials, both print and electronic, as well as subscriptions to those materials as needed; provide news and updates on library services, events, resources and policies; represent faculty concerns and interests at the libraries; offer course-based online library guides to identify class resources; present library instruction sessions; hold virtual “office hours” to answer research questions; assist with incorporating information literacy skills into the curriculum; and more.
To RSVP for the reception, please contact humanities librarian Gabriella Reznowski, 509-335-5596, firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about liaison librarians assigned to your department, visit the WSU Liaison Librarian Program website.