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General announcements from the USMA Library.

Library Service Announcement – Spring 2017

New System to Request Special Collections and Archives Materials

USMA Library has implemented a new online system to request materials for research from our Unique Resources (formerly Special Collections and Archives). This new process eases the scheduling of research appointments and provides greater material accountability for researchers and library staff alike. Researchers will need to create an account upon first use. Please visit https://usmalibrary.aeon.atlas-sys.com/ to create an account and request materials. USMA cadets, faculty, and staff may also visit the West Point Room (422) on the fourth floor of Bartlett to request access to materials during scheduled research hours. Research hours are 0730-1700 Monday through Friday excluding Federal Holidays and inclement weather days (Code Red/Code White).

USMA Library Hosts Forbidden Art Exhibit with support of The Polish Mission

From 10 February to 12 March 2017, in commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Jefferson Library of the US Military Academy will display the Forbidden Art exhibit. Forbidden Art is a collection of twenty examples of artwork created by concentration/death camp inmates. Dr. Piotr Cywinski, the Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, ceremonially opened the exhibition on 09 February.  The Forbidden Art exhibit has been displayed across the US, including at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum and Library, and at the United Nations. The Forbidden Art exhibit is displayed at West Point thanks to the Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.

Chat Reference Reminder

Last fall, USMA Library launched a new service offering chat assistance via the library website. Look for the icon in the lower right-hand corner of any page on our site to get assistance in using library resources. Cadets, faculty, and staff are also always welcome to stop by and receive assistance through our service floor coordinator on the second floor of Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center.

Jefferson Hall Digital Signage Coming in Spring 2017

Later this semester, we will light up new signs in Jefferson Hall to provide better wayfinding and event information for Jefferson Hall, along with information designed to improve awareness of library services and resources.

Personal Librarians for Plebes

As research assignments begin in the new semester, plebes should remember to be in touch with their personal librarian, introduced through email, to request any assistance. Librarians can help you find the right information you will need to excel in your research. Be sure to take advantage of the service provided to you!

 

 

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.

Pictures from Panama – Celebrating the Centennial

Jonas Lie, The Gates of Pedro Miguel, 1913.  Oil on canvas. (West Point Museum Collection, United States Military Academy; Anonymous gift in honor of MG George W. Goethals  (USMA 1880), chief engineer of the Panama Canal)

Jonas Lie, “The Gates of Pedro Miguel,” 1913. Oil on canvas. (West Point Museum Collection, United States Military Academy; Anonymous gift in honor of MG George W. Goethals (USMA 1880), chief engineer of the Panama Canal)

Opening at the West Point Museum in early December 2014, the exhibition Pictures from Panama celebrates the centennial anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal and features a selection of artists who captured the construction of the canal in all of its glory and communicated the massive scale of this virtually incomprehensible feat of engineering to American audiences. This exhibition highlights a variety of paintings, prints, watercolors and photographs from the collections of the West Point Museum and the Special Collections and Archives Department of the United States Military Academy Library.

Ernest “Red” Hallen, Gatun Middle Locks. Construction of Center Wall, Looking North, from Upper Lock, February 15, 1911.  Gelatin silver print. (United States Military Academy Library, West Point, NY; Gift of MG George W. Goethals  (USMA 1880), chief engineer of the Panama Canal)

Ernest “Red” Hallen, “Gatun Middle Locks. Construction of Center Wall, Looking North, from Upper Lock,” February 15, 1911. Gelatin silver print. (USMA Library Special Collections and Archives Department, West Point, NY; Gift of MG George W. Goethals (USMA 1880), chief engineer of the Panama Canal)

Ernest “Red” Hallen, Gatun Upper Locks. View Looking North, Showing Progress of Construction of Upper Guard Gates in the East Chamber, August 5, 1911.  Gelatin silver print. (United States Military Academy Library, West Point, NY; Gift of MG George W. Goethals  (USMA 1880), chief engineer of the Panama Canal)

Ernest “Red” Hallen, “Gatun Upper Locks. View Looking North, Showing Progress of Construction of Upper Guard Gates in the East Chamber,” August 5, 1911. Gelatin silver print. [USMA Library Special Collections and Archives Department,, West Point, NY; Gift of MG George W. Goethals (USMA 1880), chief engineer of the Panama Canal]

The Panama Canal was the largest construction project ever carried out by the United States when it took over the endeavor from the French in 1904. When the canal officially opened on August 15, 1914, it was the pinnacle achievement of the American industrial revolution culminating in the connection of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The canal was beneficial both economically and strategically to the United States, opening a new route for international commerce, providing a more efficient means for our military to move from one ocean to the other, and positioning America as a dominant power on the world stage.

The sheer size and scope of this project, even by today’s standards, seemed insurmountable. Ultimately, the waterway became a symbol of American pride and identity. The canal and its construction were mainstays of American discourse for well over twenty years. In order to document this marvel, artists, both invited and uninvited, visited the Canal Zone during construction and translated what they saw and experienced into a variety of mediums.

Most artists who visited the Canal Zone were given access to more iconic sites within the construction area to work. However, photographer Ernest Hallen was allowed unprecedented access to all areas of the site and, as a result, gave the American people an incredible perspective of the canal construction from start to finish. In 1907, at the age of 32, Ernest “Red” Hallen was appointed the official photographer of the Panama Canal project by the Isthmian Canal Commission, the American body overseeing the construction of the canal. Hallen remained on site until he retired from federal service in 1937, documenting every aspect of the construction, operation and the surrounding landscape at the Canal Zone. His resulting black and white photographs were published in the newspapers and magazines back home, which, for many Americans, were the only sources to witness the construction of this incredible engineering achievement.

Unlike the convenient and instantly gratifying digital photography used today, photography at the beginning of the 20th century was just beginning to flourish as both a documentary source and an art form. The camera, itself, was a bulky apparatus that had to be transported and set up from site to site. Additionally, the process to create a photograph was manually intensive and time consuming.

Ernest “Red” Hallen, Close View of Slide at Culebra-on-the-dump. Looking South, June 1912.  Gelatin silver print. (United States Military Academy Library, West Point, NY; Gift of MG George W. Goethals  (USMA 1880), chief engineer of the Panama Canal)

Ernest “Red” Hallen, “Close View of Slide at Culebra-on-the-dump. Looking South, June 1912.” Gelatin silver print. [USMA Library Special Collections and Archives Department, West Point, NY; Gift of MG George W. Goethals (USMA 1880), chief engineer of the Panama Canal]

Over his thirty-year career, Hallen produced more than 16,000 photographs of the Canal Zone and the surrounding environment. The images are remarkable because they thoroughly document the canal construction and offer great insight into the redevelopment of the landscape, construction methods, use of the completed canal and the life of the Panamanian population in the Canal Zone over a span of thirty years. Hallen would often return to the same area on multiple occasions to photograph the progress made at a particular site. While the photographs primarily served a documentary purpose, they are raw, highly dramatic images, which, intentionally or not, are beautifully artistic in their composition.

The small selection of Hallen’s oeuvre featured in the exhibition Pictures from Panama at the West Point Museum is from the collection of Major General George Goethals, chief engineer of the Panama Canal and a West Point graduate (Class of 1880). Goethals’ collection of Hallen’s photographs is the most comprehensive and complete set of Hallen’s work, comprising 45 volumes of images, all printed by Hallen, himself. Goethals gave this wonderful collection to the Library at the United States Military Academy. The photographs provide superb visual insight into the construction of the Panama Canal and are great examples of American photography.

*Pictures from Panama opens at the West Point Museum in early December 2014. Please see the Museum Facebook page for exact dates and times: www.facebook.com/westpointmuseum.

Contents contributed by Marlana Cook, Curator of Art, West Point Museum

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.