Library Service Announcements – Fall 2013

Library Launches New Resource Discovery Tool: Scout

Scout is a new way to find and discover library resources relevant to your academic research. Beginning 30 August, Scout replaces our catalog search on the library home page as the primary tool for accessing library resources. Our catalog is not going away, but will now be incorporated into Scout, a much more powerful way to find material most useful to you across multiple information sources. Here are some particulars:

  • What is Scout? Scout is a tool for information discovery that indexes many resources like our catalog, databases, and digital collections together allowing one search to be executed across all of these services. Researchers will no longer have to search databases individually for content.
  • What material is in Scout? The USMA Library catalog, ebooks, licensed databases and digital collections like JSTOR and EBSCO, many discipline-specific databases and collections, government documents, and more.
  • How can Scout help me? Scout gives you a wide view over many different library resources to find the most relevant material to your search. It also will allow you to refine your search by adjusting the types of information it retrieves based on whatever criteria you want. Do you only want materials published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals since 2000? That is very easy to define. Would you like to set a saved search in the system and be notified whenever new material is added that matches your search criteria? That is also very simple to do. Scout can always be on the lookout for you.
  • How do I use Scout? Just use the search box on the library home page: http://www.usma.edu/library.
  • How can I get to the library catalog? The catalog is in Scout, so you can access it through that service. The catalog itself is also still available at http://library.usma.edu.

Full documentation is available by clicking the small blue question mark just to the right of the Scout search box. More assistance is also available at the library reference desk or through your library liaison. We welcome comments and questions on Scout and how to use it to make your research both more complete and easier to do.

Special Collections & Archives Resources Relocated to Central Area

This summer, the library consolidated all of our Special Collections and Archives materials into our new collection space on the fourth floor of Bartlett Hall North. This reunites all of our unique materials in one central location for the first time since 1989. All reader services continue to occur in the reading room on the third floor of Jefferson Hall and will continue in that location until 2016 when Special Collections & Archives staff and services will relocate to join the collections on the fourth floor of Bartlett Hall North. More information on this move was published in our August 23rd Week in Review:
http://blog.usmalibrary.org/2013/08/23/week-in-review-23-august-2013/.

New Library Website Comes Online

This summer, we brought online new library website that now harmonizes with the USMA web presence and uses the Academy’s SharePoint content management system. Work will be continuing to redesign other library web properties to bring them into line with the new look. The new site is available at http://www.usma.edu/library. Please update your bookmarks. More information on the new site is available on our blog:
http://blog.usmalibrary.org/2013/08/15/usma-library-launches-new-website/

Revised Hours through Early Fall

Due to staffing shortages and other restrictions, the library has slightly amended service hours for early fall. Federal holidays are scheduled for limited services only (Jefferson Hall will be open on Labor Day from 1700-2245). Hours for future fall holidays are not yet set. We also have slightly reduced hours on Fridays (now 0700-1630), and Saturdays (now 0900-1700). These are being expanded as staffing permits. Library hours are now published and regularly updated on our new website: http://www.usma.edu/library/SitePages/hours.aspx

Library Publishes 2012-2014 Program Review

This summer, USMA Library published our 2012-2014 Program Review which details initiatives of the 2012-13 academic year and looks forward to future initiatives to be undertaken in the 2013-14 academic year. The document is available on the USMA Library Website: http://www.usma.edu/library/SitePages/ProgramReview.aspx

New Resource: Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

Are you interested in determining the average age at which men versus women begin smoking? What if you need to know whether age at marriage differs between your region of the country and other regions, or about differences in political attitudes based on age, gender, education, race, or ethnicity? These and countless other questions can be answered by studies in the ICPSR data holdings. ICPSR data cover topics from sociology, political science, economics, demography, education, child care, health care, crime, minority populations, aging, terrorism, substance abuse, mental health, public policy, and international relations. Do you create new data sets in the course of your own research? USMA researchers are eligible to deposit data into the ICPSR collection.

ICPSR is the world’s largest collection of digital social science data. These data can be used for secondary research, instructional activities, and to write articles, papers or theses. All USMA Cadets, faculty, and staff have access to the ICPSR data holdings via any on-post computer. Access is direct and quick by accessing the ICPSR Web site at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu. First-time users will be asked to create an ICPSR MyData account; thereafter, you will need your email address and password to download data.

New Resources: JSTOR Arts and Sciences VIII, IX, and X

The Library is the process of adding three additional archival collections to our JSTOR service. The Arts and Sciences VIII collection includes 240 titles in history and the humanities. The complete list is here: http://about.jstor.org/content/arts-sciences-viii#tab-title-list. The Arts and Sciences IX collection includes 150 titles in Business, Economics, and
Political Science. The complete list is here: http://about.jstor.org/content/arts-sciences-ix#tab-title-list. The Arts and Sciences X collection includes 125 titles in Business, Economics, Sociology, and Education. The complete list is here: http://about.jstor.org/content/arts-sciences-x#tab-title-list. JSTOR, the most heavily-used of our online resources, now supplies us with the complete backfiles of nearly two thousand scholarly journals.

DVDs Relocated to More Accessible Shelving

Our collection of DVDs is among our most popular, and yet it has been somewhat challenging to access given its placement on compact shelving. This summer, the collection has been moved to the open shelving near the north windows on the second floor in the east wing. This should greatly improve access and is the first stage of making our primary service floor more user friendly to access.

Guidance on Library Assistance for Cadets

One of the best ways for cadets to get an extra leg up on their academic work is to partner with a librarian to better take advantage of the services and materials available through the USMA Library. Personal appointments with librarians are available for consultation and guidance. When possible, setting appointments between 0745-1630 will ensure the availability of the best subject specialist, though evening appointments can also be arranged. To arrange a time to meet, stop by or email the Reference Desk staff with your name and topic of research.

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