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Library Service Announcements – Fall 2016

 

Special Collections and Archives Opens in Bartlett Hall

With the completion of the renovation of Bartlett Hall, our service operations supporting Unique Resources (Special Collections and Archives) have now moved to their new and permanent home on the fourth floor of Bartlett Hall North. Users seeking to access rare books, special research collections, or archival material will now visit this location for access. We will host an open house in this location for all cadets, faculty, and staff on Friday, September 9th during Commandant’s Hour (1250-1345). We will begin regular operating hours – Monday through Friday 0730-1700 – on Monday September 12th.

We are also launching a new system to deliver collection information, finding aids, and to manage researcher appointments and inquiries on the web this fall. Visit the USMA Library website soon for more information about these expanded services.

 

Library Launches New Chat Service

Researchers using the USMA Library’s website can now get assistance from Library staff via chat. Just click the chat icon in the lower right corner of your Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser (Internet Explorer is not currently supported). If staff are not immediately available, you will be prompted to leave your email address and we will follow-up. We are experimenting with this service and feedback is welcome.

 

Selected New Resources Available for Research

Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, a collection of translated of foreign-language monographs, reports, serials, journal and newspaper articles, and radio and television broadcasts. The coverage emphasizes Communist and developing countries and runs from 1957-1995. This online product replaces a microfiche set and associated printed index. URL: http://usma.libguides.com/go.php?c=24659208

Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books from the New-York Historical Society, a primary source collection of handwritten volumes documenting military orders, movements and engagements by brigade, regiment, company and other specific military units between 1748 and 1817. The content in Orderly Books provides detailed accounts of troops’ daily lives, documenting everything from court martial cases to the price of necessities charged by locals. URL: http://usma.libguides.com/go.php?c=24659413

We’ve also added additional content to America’s Historical Newspapers, 1690-1956 (URL: http://usma.libguides.com/go.php?c=17788550) and JSTOR (URL: http://usma.libguides.com/go.php?c=17788667), and the papers of Andrew Jackson and diaries of Gouverneur Morris to Rotunda (URL: http://usma.libguides.com/go.php?c=17788728).

We’re in the process of activating access to Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War (URL: http://www.secretintelligencefiles.com/), a collection of primary sources from National Archives U.K. Document series included are:

FO 1093, Foreign Office: Permanent Under-Secretary’s Department: Registered and Unregistered Papers, 1873-1985

CAB 56, Committee of Imperial Defence: Joint Intelligence Sub-Committee: Minutes and Memoranda, 1936-1939

CAB 81, War Cabinet and Cabinet: Committees and Sub-Committees of the Chiefs of Staff Committee: Minutes and Papers, 1939-1947

CAB 158, Ministry of Defence and Cabinet Office: Central Intelligence Machinery: Joint Intelligence Sub-Committee later Committee: Memoranda, 1946-1968

CAB 159, Ministry of Defence and Cabinet Office: Central Intelligence Machinery: Joint Intelligence Sub-Committee later Committee: Minutes, 1947-1968

CAB 163, War Cabinet, Ministry of Defence, and Cabinet Office: Central Intelligence Machinery: Joint Intelligence Sub-Committee, later Committee: Secretariat: Files, 1939-1985

CAB 176 War Cabinet, Ministry of Defence and Cabinet Office: Joint Intelligence Sub-Committee, later Committee: Secretariat: Minutes, 1942-1957

CAB 301 Cabinet Office: Cabinet Secretary’s Miscellaneous Papers, 1936-1952

HW 1 Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence, 1940-1945

 

2015-17 Program Review Published

Published annually by USMA Library, our 2015-17 Program Review describes significant program accomplishments during the 2015-16 academic year and also looks forward at where we are headed in the 2016-17 year. Digital copies are available on the USMA Library website at http://www.usma.edu/library/SitePages/ProgramReview.aspx.

 

Personal Librarian Initiative Coming Soon for Plebes

Librarians will soon be reaching out with their contact information to members of the fourth class in order to provide a personal point-of-contact to make sure that plebes can get any library/research-related questions answered as quickly and easily as possible. Research assistance is always available to all cadets and faculty via our service desks and through our website.

 

Jefferson Hall Access Changes

East and West entrances to Jefferson Hall are now CAC-accessible by authorized cadets, faculty, and staff during posted Library hours. All others should use the South entrance facing Bartlett Hall for access. The general public must be escorted by authorized Library users, or have an appointment with Library staff for access.

 

Historical Interpretative Panels Installed on Jefferson Hall Terrace

Visitors to the Library’s sixth floor terrace will now find three interpretative panels that discuss the history of West Point through visible landmarks. Later this fall, the Library will launch an accompanying website with more information and links to library collections and resources.”

Library Service Announcements – Fall 2015

CHECK OUT A FEW OF THE NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE THIS FALL

Full-text indexing and citations for the contents of the HathiTrust Digital Library were integrated into Scout, our discovery service. The enormous size of the HathiTrust collection means that Scout is now a de facto index to a very large proportion of the world’s books and serials. It also provides direct access to the complete texts of over five million volumes.

We added Books at JSTOR to our collection – scholarly ebooks on the familiar JSTOR platform, easy to read online with no limit on the number of readers, and easy to download as unlimited-rights PDF to the device of the reader’s choice.

We also added AccessEngineering, an online collection of engineering reference material providing access to technical books, manuals, handbooks and more, enriched with instructional videos, interactive tables and charts and personalization tools.

Cambridge Histories Online, collecting nearly 350 of the various Cambridge Histories in a single platform allowing concurrent access for unlimited numbers of users.

All of these materials are available via the Library website (http://www.usma.edu/library).

SERVICE FLOOR AND PRINTING CHANGES

You may have noticed our new staffed service location at the top of the stairs on the second floor. From that location, we can offer assistance regarding any services available in Jefferson Hall from research and reference assistance to printing questions and everything in-between. The West Point Writing Center has also relocated to the far northeast corner of the second floor for their operations. We are continuing to plan additional upgrades to collaborative work areas on the second floor.

The library printers are now on an upgraded print server and should appear as an available printer on your computer. Look for \\usmasvdzpaper\USMAPRLIBREF to send jobs to the release station located on the 2nd floor of the library.

2014-2016 USMA LIBRARY PROGRAM REVIEW AVAILABLE

This summer the Library published our annual program review which includes information about our activities during the 2014-15 academic year as well as a look ahead at our goals and objectives for the coming academic year. The review is available for download on the USMA Library website at: http://www.usma.edu/library/Site%20Documents/USMALibraryProgram1416.pdf

POLICY UPDATES AND REMINDERS

Elevator – Cadets are now authorized to use the elevators after the academic duty day is complete on weekdays and on weekends. This harmonizes use policies with other academic facilities.

Access – Visitors to Jefferson Hall must be in uniform or displaying their CAC/DoD ID on a lanyard for access. Anyone else must be accompanied by authorized individuals. CACs on lanyards are also required when wearing cadet casual. Force protection while in Jefferson Hall is a top priority. Please help us maintain a secure and safe environment.

ACCESS TO NYTIMES.COM AVAILABLE THROUGH USMA LIBRARY

Can’t live without the latest when it comes to critical defense-related news like cadet pillow fights? We now have a site license to NYTimes.com available for cadets, faculty, and staff with USMA email addresses. Below is information on how to set up access. You may also view a brief video tutorial on setting up an academic pass (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NROcngiF_uY)

What is included:

  • Unlimited access to current content posted to NYTimes.com.
  • Unlimited access to archived content published prior to 1923 and after 1980.
  • Five free articles per day published between 1923-1980 (Please note that USMA Library has complete, unlimited archival full-text access to the New York Times separate from the NYTimes.com website).
  • Access to the New York Times via Smartphone app (iPhone, Blackberry 10, Windows Phone 7, Android-powered phones).
  • Access to these services for the life of the contract (until the end of September 2016). Access beyond September 2016 is subject to funding and contract renewal.

What is NOT included:

  • Tablet apps (iPad, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 Desktop and Tablet, Android-powered tablets – You may view all NYTimes.com website content while logged in through the browsers on these devices).
  • E-Reader editions.
  • Premium Crosswords or The New York Times Crosswords apps.
  • Any other premium/subscription-based New York Times apps.
  • Times Premier.
  • The ability to share your Academic Pass digital access with others.

Program eligibility:

  • Anyone with an active usma.edu email address can enroll in the program licensed through USMA Library.
  • Employees, contractors, graduates, and other affiliates without usma.edu email addresses are not eligible.
  • Family members and other dependents are not eligible.

How to enroll:

How to use the pass:

  • After activating a pass, you need to be logged in to your NYTimes.com account on the device you are using to read New York Times content. While logged in, you can access unlimited content from any network or location for the duration of your pass (late September 2016).

STAY CONNECTED TO THE LIBRARY

We’d love to keep you up-to-date throughout the year on library news and programs. You can follow our blog: http://blog.usmalibrary.org/, like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/USMALibrary, or follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/USMALibrary.

USMA Library 2014-16 Program Review Available

2014-16 Program ReviewThe USMA Library 2014-16 Program Review is now available from the library website. The review is prepared annually each summer as both a look back at the previous academic year and a look ahead to the next. The document includes:

  •  A look at the framework governing our current work to redesign our organization and services.
  • Mission, Vision, and Goals
  • Brief snapshots of activities from the 2014-15 academic year.
  • Statistics and graphs of service and collection metrics.
  • Reports on our 2014-15 academic year organizational objectives.
  • A strategic awareness and vision for the future of academic library services and the profession of academic librarianship.
  • Assessment data and review.
  • Information on liaison support to academic departments.
  • Our 2015-16 academic year organizational objectives.

I am most thankful to the USMA Library team for the work done each and every day to deliver the best service we can to our cadets, faculty, and staff at the U.S. Military Academy. Here’s to a great 2015-16.

USMA Library Transitions to Summer Hours

Effective, Friday, June 12, 2015, USMA Library is operating on our summer hours. This means the library will close at 1630 on most days and will also remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays. There are some exceptions to these hours. For specific hours for any day, please see our Hours page.

We will resume extended hours to support the Fall Term on Monday, August 10, 2015.

Spring 2015 Service Announcements

NEW FIRST FLOOR WELCOME DESK OPENS

The new Welcome and Circulation desk is now operating on the first floor of Jefferson Hall. Library users may now check out and return materials in the rotunda. This new service point has been designed to provide better security for both visitors within Jefferson Hall and materials held by the Library. We will be continuing to adjust our security and access policies over the coming semester. Please remember that our current force protection policies require that all visitors to Jefferson Hall be in uniform, or have valid DoD identification displayed at all times. Outside guests should be accompanied by West Point personnel at all times.
DIRECT BORROWING FROM NEW ENGLAND EXPRESS LIBRARIES NOW AVAILABLE

Our statewide library consortium, ConnectNY has entered into a partnership borrowing arrangement with NExpress, a regional library consortium in New England to allow direct user borrowing across consortia. This partnership now brings more than 7 million new titles available directly to USMA Library users. New partner libraries include Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Middlebury College, Wellesley College, and Williams College. For more information on borrowing materials from our consortial library partners, see http://usma.libguides.com/ILL.
LIBRARY EXHIBITION SPACE OPENS

New exhibit cases are now installed on the second floor of Jefferson Hall containing featured materials from the USMA Library collections. Currently on display are materials from the manuscript collections of COL Donovan Swanton USMA April 1917. In particular, this exhibit profiles letters written one hundred years ago by then Cadet Swanton describing life at the Academy during the build-up to the American entry into World War I. New letters will be placed on exhibit throughout the spring semester.
LIBRARY BLOG PROFILES USEFUL IPAD APPS

Looking for good iPad apps? Check out our series of profiled apps on the USMA Library Blog. New profiles are posted regularly. To access the archives, visit: http://blog.usmalibrary.org/category/app-of-the-week/
SPRING SERVICE HOURS

Hours for operation for USMA Library and Jefferson Hall are always posted on our website at: http://www.usma.edu/library/SitePages/Hours.aspx. Please note that there can be adjusted hours based on the schedule for the Corps of Cadets.
STAY CONNECTED TO THE LIBRARY

We’d love to keep you up-to-date throughout the year on library news and programs. You can follow our blog: http://blog.usmalibrary.org/, like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/USMALibrary, or follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/USMALibrary.

Workaround Information for Database Connectivity Issues

Unable to connect to Library databases and journals with links beginning with 0-*** ?

There’s a workaround to be used while we complete networking changes required by our server migration.

For example, instead of:

http://0-www.ancestrylibrary.com.usmalibrary.usma.edu/

use:

http://www.ancestrylibrary.com/

This is not available for off-post users (unless using West Point VPN).

We regret this inconvenience and hope to correct it soon.

USMA Library 2014 Holiday Hours

USMA Library will operate the following hours during the holiday break:

Monday 15 – Friday 19 December 0700-2315
Saturday 20 December 0700-1900
Sunday 21 December CLOSED
Monday 22 – Wednesday 24 December 0700-1630
Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 December CLOSED
Monday 29 – Wednesday 31 December 0700-1630
Thursday 1 – Saturday 3 January CLOSED
Sunday 4 January 1100-2315
Beginning Monday 5 January – Regular Academic Term Hours Begin

Full hours are available on our website.

Staff Profile: Barbara Maroney-French

barbaraBarbara Maroney-French joined the United States Military Academy Library staff in June of this year, as Facility Support Assistant in our Administration Services Division.

This is Barbara’s second “tour” at West Point. Her first tour lasted 23 years, from 1977-2000, during which she progressed from a clerk-typist position in the USCC to Publications Coordinator/Editorial Advisor in Cadet Activities. It seems West Point is in her blood. Her parents met while working in the same office at West Point before getting married. Later, her mother was assigned to the Law Department which was located in the West Academic Building (now Pershing Barracks). Her dad held many supply/maintenance-related positions retiring as maintenance officer at the motor pool. Barbara’s maternal grandparents worked here as well–her grandmother, as a seamstress in the uniform factory and grandfather as a mechanic. She spent summers swimming in Delafield Pond with her best friend, whose father was a retired Air Force officer, and tagged along on trips to the commissary (then housed in Building 667). Her brother currently works on the Garrison side as a management analyst and his two sons were summer employees in DPW. Barbara’s husband of 17 years, Richard, now works at Association of Graduates as Vice President of IT.

In 2000, after the birth of her son, Barbara made a difficult decision to leave West Point, taking time to raise her children and work various jobs closer to home. Once her daughter and son were in school, she volunteered at her church and the kids’ elementary school PTA and worked part-time nearby. She wore many hats at two not-for-profit organizations: from 2005 until 2012 she was the Box Office Assistant and Development Assistant at the Paramount Center for the Arts; from 2007-2014 she worked as Administrative Manager for Copland House, Aaron Copland’s home, located in Westchester County.

During the last 14 years, working jobs outside of the government, Barbara honed her customer service skills and polished her website design and social media skills.

In her free time, Barbara loves doing family activities, working out, cooking and baking, photography, gardening, volunteering at a local animal shelter, and sewing.

Barbara says, “I know I made the right decision to stay home with both my children during the formative years.” And we’re glad she has returned to West Point. You’ll probably see her around the library making sure the Haig Room and collaborative classrooms are in tip-top shape for the next event, camera in hand, with a post on the library blog soon to follow.

Contents contributed by Manja Yirka, Continuing Resources Librarian

Access to NYTimes.com Available through USMA Library

We now have a site license to NYTimes.com available for cadets, faculty, and staff with USMA email addresses. Below is information on how to set up access. You may also view a brief video tutorial on setting up an academic pass.

What is included:

  • Unlimited access to current content posted to NYTimes.com.
  • Unlimited access to archived content published prior to 1923 and after 1980.
  • Five free articles per day published between 1923-1980 (Please note that USMA Library has complete, unlimited archival full-text access to the New York Times separate from the NYTimes.com website).
  • Access to the New York Times via Smartphone app (iPhone, Blackberry 10, Windows Phone 7, Android-powered phones).
  • Access to these services for the life of the contract (until the end of September 2015). Access beyond September 2015 is subject to funding and contract renewal.

What is NOT included:

  • Tablet apps (iPad, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 Desktop and Tablet, Android-powered tablets – You may view all NYTimes.com website content while logged in through the browsers on these devices).
  • E-Reader editions.
  • Premium Crosswords or The New York Times Crosswords apps.
  • Any other premium/subscription-based New York Times apps.
  • Times Premier.
  • The ability to share your Academic Pass digital access with others.

Program eligibility:

  • Anyone with an active usma.edu email address can enroll in the program licensed through USMA Library.
  • Employees, contractors, graduates, and other affiliates without usma.edu email addresses are not eligible.
  • Family members and other dependents are not eligible.

How to enroll:

  • You need to have a valid usma.edu email address and access to that email account.
  • You must log in to or create an NYTimes.com account with your usma.edu email address. Registration FAQ.
  • You cannot claim an Academic Pass if you are already a digital access subscriber.
  • Visit the website: https://myaccount.nytimes.com/verification/edupass to enroll.

How to use the pass:

  • After activating a pass, you need to be logged in to your NYTimes.com account on the device you are using to read New York Times content. While logged in, you can access unlimited content from any network or location for the duration of your pass (late September 2015).

Please let me know if you have any questions or issues.

Fall 2014 Service Announcements

NEW WELCOME AND CIRCULATION DESK COMING SOON

Later this fall, our primary welcome and circulation desk will move to the first floor of Jefferson Hall. Construction has been ongoing since late summer on the new desk and service area. This new location will allow us to enhance both service and security for Jefferson Hall. Once the move is complete, materials will be checked out and returned on the first floor (no more climbing up the stairs to return a book). The new desk will serve as a primary welcome point for anyone visiting Jefferson Hall where staff can provide assistance and guidance on services, events, and policies. Outside guests visiting the library will also have a new checkpoint for registration and clearance. Eventually, with our new collection security perimeter incorporating the first floor rotunda, we will also reprogram the elevators to be able to move freely to all floors (no more switching cars on the second floor). We hope these changes will make it easier for guests and researchers to use and gain information about library services while increasing overall facility and collection security.

NEW FLEXIBLE USE SPACE ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF JEFFERSON HALL

This past spring, guests to Jefferson Hall may have noticed the newly configured flexible use space on the second floor adjacent to the Reference Desk in the northwest corner of the floor. This space formerly housed our print reference collection and now affords us a flexible use area for exhibits, collection engagement, cadet study, and a place for support activities to other building events. The reference collection formerly in this location has been either assimilated into the general collections (where we are already seeing higher use of these materials and they are available for circulation), or consolidated into a smaller ready reference collection that remains next to the Reference Desk. We have installed new easy-to-move-and-configure tables, chairs and other seating. The space is already seeing high use from cadets throughout the day and evenings.

2013-2015 USMA LIBRARY PROGRAM REVIEW AVAILABLE

This summer the Library published our annual program review which includes information about our activities during the 2013-14 academic year as well as a look ahead at our goals and objectives for the coming academic year. The review is available for download on the USMA Library website.

UNESCORTED GUEST ACCESS POLICIES NOW IN PLACE

Per force protection policies put in place this past year, all visitors in Jefferson Hall should be in uniform, or have valid DoD identification displayed at all times. Outside guests should be accompanied by West Point personnel at all times.

FALL SERVICE HOURS

Hours for operation for USMA Library and Jefferson Hall are always posted on our website. Please note that there can be adjusted hours based on the schedule for the Corps of Cadets.

Special Collections and Archives is now available for research 0800-1600 Monday through Friday. For best service, advance coordination of resources to be consulted is advised. More information is available.

STAY CONNECTED TO THE LIBRARY

We’d love to keep you up-to-date throughout the year on library news and programs. You can follow our blog, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.