Category Archives: Services

Information about services provided by 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.”

RS 100 Class Completes Poker Run in the Library

Information services librarian Celeste Evans and Information resources technician Latisha Taylor explain to cadets the help they can obtain at the information desk.

Celeste Evans, information services librarian, and Latisha Taylor, information resources technician, explain to cadets the assistance they can obtain at the information desk.

On 23 and 24 August, cadets enrolled in the Center for Enhanced Performance’s RS 100 course spent some very active time in the Jefferson Hall, finding their way from one service point to another and learning about Library resources, services, and staff along the way. The Library Poker Runs are designed to get cadets familiar with the people here at the Library who can help them in their studies, and with the resources they can use to complete the assignments they’ll have throughout their time at West Point.

Information services technician Sharon Gillespie speaks with cadets about how they can be helped at the welcome/circulation desk.

Sharon Gillespie, information services technician, speaks with cadets about how they can be helped at the welcome/circulation desk.

Cadets are given a checklist of locations (the Welcome/Circulation Desk, Info Desk/Reference Librarian/Print Stations, and the home of ourUnique Resources collection and staff – newly relocated to the West Point Room in Bartlett Hall North) and are directed to complete a task at each checkpoint.

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Karen Shea, plebe experience librarian, shows cadets how to utilize Scout!

The tasks help the plebes learn a multitude of research-related skills, such as how to search within our collections using Scout! – the Library’s discovery tool; how to renew books online; what to do when the Library doesn’t have an article or book they need (hint: Inter-Library Loan!); and the difference between primary and secondary sources. A highlight of the Poker Run is a visit to the Unique Collections and USMA Archives in the West Point Room, where this semester they saw Custer’s demerits (all six pages of them!), the West Point Post Order book that included an account of Edgar Allan Poe’s court-martial, and Civil War-era maps by Jeremy Gilmer (USMA 1939).

Rare book curator, Elaine McConnell, share with cadets one of Jeremy Gilmer's Civil War era maps.

Elaine McConnell, rare book curator, shares with cadets one of Jeremy Gilmer’s Civil War era maps.

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Rik Miller, systems technician, explains using the print stations located in the Library.

After completing each task, the cadets draw a card, and the cadet team with the best poker hand at the end of class wins a prize from their instructor. Over 100 cadets participated in these Poker Runs, and judging from discussions with them at the end of class, everyone learned something new that they felt would help them throughout their academic career at West Point.

Narrative by Laura Mosher, Cadet Engagement Librarian; photos by Barbara Maroney, Facilities Support Technician.

RS 100 Class Completes Poker Run in the Library

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Library Technician, Latisha Taylor, answers cadet questions at the Info Desk on the 2nd floor of Jefferson Hall.

On 25 and 26 August, cadets enrolled in the Center for Enhanced Performance’s RS 100 course got a chance to spend some very active time in the Library, finding their way from one service point to another and learning about Library resources, services, and staff along the way. The Library Poker Runs are designed to get cadets familiar with the people here at the Library who can help them in their studies, and with the resources they can use to complete the assignments they’ll have throughout their time at West Point.

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Bob Sorce, Interlibrary Loan Technician, explains how to obtain a copy of the a book not available in the USMA Library’s collection.

Cadets are given a checklist of locations in the Library (Welcome/Circulation Desk, Info Desk/Reference Librarian/Print Stations, and the Heritage Room) and are directed to complete a task at each checkpoint. The tasks help the plebes learn a multitude of research-related skills, such as how to search within our collections using Scout! – the Library’s discovery tool; how to renew books online; what to do when the Library doesn’t have an article or book they need (hint: Inter-Library Loan!); and the difference between primary and secondary sources. A highlight of the Poker Run is a visit to the Heritage Room, where this semester they got to see Custer’s demerits (all six pages of them!), hand-drawn plans (dating back to the 1870s) for the construction of the railroad tunnel underneath the Plain, and Howitzers feature the current Dean and Commandant.

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Cadets look at a page of the “Demerit Book” while Rare Book Curator, Elaine McConnell, shares some insights on what cadet life might have been like in the mid-1800s.

After completing each task, the cadets draw a card, and the cadet team with the best poker hand at the end of class wins a prize from their instructor. Almost 100 cadets participated in this round of Poker Runs, and judging from discussions with them at the end of class, a fun – and educational! – time was had by all.

Content contributed by Laura Mosher, Reference Librarian; photos by Barbara Maroney, Facilities Support Assistant.

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.
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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.

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Library Transitions to Summer Hours

Effective Friday, June 13th, USMA Library will transition to our summer hours. We will now be open Monday through Friday from 0700-1630. We will be closed all Saturdays, Sundays, and on Independence Day.

Effective Monday, August 11th, we will begin our Reorganization Week hours, and effective Monday, August 18th, we will resume full hours of operation for fall semester.

As always, all hours of operation are posted to our website.

Library Classroom Audio-Visual Equipment Being Upgraded

Audio-visual equipment upgrades are now underway in library classrooms and collaborative spaces in Jefferson Hall. This work will replace some aging equipment and bring new capabilities such as smart boards into some spaces once the upgrade process is complete. Installers are working room-by-room and after the initial physical installation, some rooms will require new programming with the controller equipment to be able to work with the new hardware. Thanks for your patience as we work through the upgrade process.

2014 Spring Leave Hours

Operating hours for Jefferson Hall and USMA Library circulation and reference services are listed below. The Special Collections and Archives Reading Room (JH 314) will be open only by appointment 17-21 March.  Staff and faculty seeking appointments should contact Suzanne Christoff by e-mail to Suzanne.Christoff@usma.edu.

  • Friday 14 March – 0600-1630
  • Saturday 15 March – 0800-1000 for Plebe Parent Weekend Tours
  • Sunday 16 March – CLOSED
  • Monday 17 March – 0700-1630
  • Tuesday 18 March – 0700-1630
  • Wednesday 19 March – 0700-1630
  • Thursday 20 March – 0700-1630
  • Friday 21 March – 0700-1630
  • Saturday 22 March – CLOSED
  • Sunday 23 March 1500-2315
  • Monday 24 March – Regular Hours Resume

Library Access Policies Adjusted

In order to harmonize with recent changes to access polices for the Central Post Restricted Area, we have now adjusted access policies for Jefferson Hall. These changes can be found on our website and in new DPOMs that have been just completed.

Going forward, the following individuals are authorized unescorted access within the Library:

  1. Military personnel in uniform (all approved uniforms with the exception of physical fitness uniforms). Equivalent uniforms worn by other Service and international military personnel assigned to or visiting West Point in an official status are also permitted.
  2. Military personnel, their spouses, and family members (14 years of age or older) in civilian clothing provided that they display their CAC/DoD identification card on their outer garment at all times in Jefferson Hall. Spouses or family members in this category without DoD or West Point issued identification are not eligible for unescorted access.
  3. West Point and USMA DoD civilian employees, ODIA employees, Association of Graduates employees, contractors, their spouses, and family members (14 years of age or older) provided that they display their DoD/West Point/ODIA/Contractor identification card on their outer garment at all times in Jefferson Hall. Individuals or family members in this category without DoD or West Point issued identification are not eligible for unescorted access.
  4. Registered and credentialed attendees of Superintendent-approved, Dean-approved, or Librarian-approved events/appointments held in Jefferson Hall. This includes members of the general public who request to use the collection under 44 USC 19 – 1909 governing open access to government collections, and researchers with scheduled appointments to consult materials held in Special Collections and/or Archives. Individuals in this category must display the name/identification badge provided to them at all times while in Jefferson Hall. This badge is valid only for Jefferson Hall and does not permit unescorted access through the Central Post Restricted Area.

Users in categories 1, 2, and 3 are also authorized access through the Central Post Restricted Area. Users in category 4 are not authorized access through the Central Post Restricted Area and must accompanied by appropriately credentialed personnel while outside of Jefferson Hall. This includes arriving to or departing from the Library.

Library staff will approach building visitors without visible identification. We will also have badge holders available at the service desks for individuals who have ID, but don’t have a way to appropriately display it. The Library administrative office is acquiring some visitor badges which we will assign as needed to Library guests. Event coordinators for events in the library will be asked to make sure their event guests wear their event badge at all times within Jefferson Hall. Questions can be directed to the Library administrative office.