December 2009 Archives

Winter Break! (Library Hours)

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Winter Break hours will start at the library tomorrow, Wednesday, December 23, when Walter Library will close at 6:00 p.m. The library will then be closed on Thursday, December 24, and Friday, December 25.

The library will resume regular intercession hours on Saturday, December 26.

Those intersession hours are

M-F 8:00 am- 6:00 pm
Sa, Su 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm

There will be some exceptions:
12/23 (W) 8:00 am- 6:00 pm
12/24 (Th) CLOSED
12/25 (F) CLOSED
12/31 (Th) 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
1/1 (F) CLOSED
1/18 (M) 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm

I'll be away from the library from December 23 (in the afternoon) until January 4. So if you have any Civil Engineering-specific questions--I'll be around today and part of tomorrow to field them.

Have a great break!

Winter Workshops in January

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Walter Library will be hosting a variety of workshops in the beginning of January to help you jumpstart your research for the Spring Semester. Here's a list of what we'll be offering:

Introduction to Citation Managers
Walter 101
Tuesday 1/5, 2-3 pm

RefWorks Basics
Walter 310
Wednesday 1/6, 2-3 pm

Zotero Basics
Walter 310
Thursday 1/7, 2-3 pm

Getting Published
Walter 310
Monday January 11, 11 am-noon

Endnote Basics
Walter 310
Tuesday 1/12, 2-3 pm

Introduction to Data Management for Scientists and Engineers ***NEW***
Walter 310
Wednesday 1/13, 11 am-noon

Grant Funding for Graduate Students
Walter 310
Wednesday 1/13, 3-4:15 pm

Formatting your Dissertation or Thesis in Word 2007
Walter 310
Thursday 1/14, 2-4 pm

You can register for these classes on our Workshops Website.

If none of these times work for your or you prefer to learn at your own pace check out our many online workshops.

If you have any questions about these workshops or the topics they cover please feel free to send me an email.

Walter Library Great Hall Open 24x7 For Finals

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Walter Library will have some increased hours during Finals Week. We'll be keeping the Great Hall on Walter's second floor open 24 hours a day starting Thursday, December 17 at 8 a.m. until Wednesday, December 23 at 6 p.m.

Our reference and circulation hours will remain the same.

Good luck with your exams! (And don't forget about our Study Break at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall on December 16!)

Study Break @ Walter: This Wednesday @ 7pm

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This Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. the Physical Science and Engineering Library will be hosting it's annual finals study break in the Great Hall on the Second Floor of Walter Library.

We'll be providing cookies, drinks and free paperbacks for some recreational semester break reading.

All are welcome! So come, take a break, and eat a cookie!

Study Break
Wednesday, December 16
7pm - When the cookies are gone.
Great Hall of Walter Library (2nd Floor)

Instructors Planning for Next Semester? -- Reserved Readings

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As you plan out your syllabus for next semester I just wanted to make sure that you're aware of services the library provides to help instructors make required readings available to students.

Print Reserves
Instructors who would like a full book put on reserve can fill out this form and bring it in to the library or send it through campus mail. You're also free to get in touch with me and I can make sure that your information gets to the correct person.

Reserve Books are held in a special collection behind the circulation desk and the check out period is usually limited to two hours. This makes high demand books available to the widest number of students.

If you'd like a book placed on reserve and we don't currently own a copy, send me an email and I'll look into purchasing a copy.

Electronic Reserve (E-Reserve)
Another option for required readings is electronic reserve. Items of a shorter article, an excerpt of a book, lecture notes, practice exams, etc can be placed on E-Reserve (copyright permitting). E-Reserve makes materials available to students all at the same time and they can access the material remotely--without coming to the library.

To learn more or submit an E-Reserve request, check out the E-Reserves Website.

If you have any questions about Print Reserves or E-Reserves...please let me know or get in touch directly with those departments through their websites and forms.

Cram Slam at Walter Library--This Saturday!

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This Saturday (December 12) the SMART Learning Commons will be hosting their Cram Slam finals event. They offer guided prep for select subjects and free food! The event will be held in Walter 101 from 1-5.

To learn more visit their website.

Pass along this info to your students and friends!

IT Library Council Meeting

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The Institute of Technology Library Council held its biannual meeting last Thursday, December 3. Here's the agenda for the meeting some links will take you to slides presented at the meeting or online resources that we discussed.

If you would like to learn more about any of these topics, feel free to send me an email or give me a call...or just post a comment.


1. Collection Updates -- Kris Fowler

2. Patron-driven acquisition of materials - Kris Fowler and Jon Jeffryes

3. Technical reports and the University Digital Conservancy - Jan Fransen

4. Assignment Calculator - Janice Jaguszewski

5. Library Course Page - Lisa Johnston

6. Patent tutorials and other workshops available online - Jon Jeffryes