Librarians & English Dept. publish research on ESL Students & Libraries

Librarians Julia A. Martin and Elaine M. Reeves were co-authors on a paper titled “Relationship building with students and instructors of ESL: Bridging the gap for library instruction and services” in the journal Reference Services Review (Vol. 40 No. 3, 2012, pp. 352-367).  The paper describes the benefits of relationship building between a librarian and two English As A Second Language (ESL) instructors and the information literacy sessions created for two ESL classrooms as a result of the collaboration.  Students for whom English is a second language often do not utilize the librarian for help or attend library orientation and instruction sessions. This paper finds that librarians and ESL instructors can bridge the gap for ESL students. English Department co-authors were Kathleen M. Reaume and Ryan D. Wright.

UT Students’ Projects Now in Digital Resource Commons

UT Libraries recently contributed copies of over 400 graduate students’ projects to OhioLINK’s Digital Resource Commons (DRC). Users are able to browse and search the collection a variety of different ways and view the full text of all documents free of charge.

The Digital Resource Commons was created to provide a statewide platform for Ohio’s public universities and private colleges to save and share the instructional, research, historic, and creative materials they produce.

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Currently all of the UT projects in the DRC were written by graduate students on the Health Science Campus and its predecessors, the Medical University of Ohio and Medical College of Ohio.  Included are:

  • Scholarly projects by master’s students in biomedical sciences, nursing, occupational health, and physician assistant studies;
  • Scholarly and capstone projects by master’s and doctoral students in occupational therapy;
  • Scholarly projects by master’s and doctoral students in physical therapy; and
  • Evidence-based practice projects by doctoral students in nursing.

So far they are the only programs which have submitted students’ projects in digital format to UT Libraries for cataloging.  Digital copies of projects from other graduate programs are more than welcome.  Please contact Sheryl Stevens in the UT Libraries Cataloging Department for more information.

Records for all these projects are still in the Libraries’ online catalog.  All links have been updated to connect to the new DRC locations.


National Information Literacy Month

October is National Information Literacy month.  What is Information Literacy, you say?  Well, in addition to being a new core competency for UT students, it is being able to locate, evaluate, and ethically use information in all formats.  Your UT librarians are helping you develop this competency through course offerings like the Information Literacy for College Research class (COIL1130), by partnering with professors via our Information Literacy Program to bring information skills into your classroom, and even by working with you directly. So, celebrate today, and all of October!  And if you want to find out about ways you can find and use information better, contact us!

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9/11 books to open up through September

To honor the memory of those affected by 9/11 and to keep the conversation alive, Ebrary is opening up for free-access viewing a small collection of 15 e-books on various aspects of 9/11. These books will be viewable throughout the month of September.

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Books you can read online IN FULL include those that look at how religion has been viewed differently since 9/11, writings that recount personal experiences of that fateful day, and texts on the continued effects on our liberties, the media, and legislation.  These books have been published by a variety of academic presses over the last ten years. Please “check one out” today before they’re gone.

In addition to these electronic resources, the UT Libraries have many print resources on the September 11 Terrorist Attacks and the War on Terrorism.  Click on the links to browse our library catalog.

Carlson Library Bound Journal Duplicates

During the moving of the older bound journals, numerous titles were identified as duplicate copies,  that is,  journals that are already at the Northwest Ohio Regional Book Depository and journals available electronically from the UT Libraries catalog.

These duplicate journals were removed from the shelves, withdrawn from our catalog, and placed on separate shelving on the 3rd floor at the end of the Government Documents. Please note that signs are posted identifying the items.

We are inviting departments and faculty to review these duplicate journals. If you are interested in any of the journal volumes on the list for your personal or departmental collection, please take the item(s) from the 3rd floor to the circulation desk.

These volumes will be available for your perusal and removal until Thursday, September 15th.  Any remaining items will be removed.  Items will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Carlson Movies on the Move! (Our CDs, too!)

We’ve recently relocated our multimedia collections at Carlson Library from the third floor down to the Circulation Desk on the first floor.  We have over 4,500 videos on DVD and VHS and 2,500 music CDs in our collection, and they’re available to be checked out for a week at a time: FREE!

You can browse our complete list of movies (by title) or CDs (by composer/artist), or find out more about searching our collection by genre and other ways in our Finding Videos and Finding Music LibGuides.

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End of Semester Resources for Papers & Projects

As we approach the end of Spring semester, many of your papers and research projects will be due soon.  Here are some resources that may help out:

LibGuides – The librarians have produced these guides for a wide variety of subjects and classes to point you to the best resources for doing research.  They may suggest specific books, databases, or Internet resources in your topic, or strategies for searching our research databases.

The Reference Desk – located just to the left as you enter Carlson Library, the reference librarians at the desk can demonstrate our catalog or databases, help you refine your search strategies, or suggest additional resources.  Our in-person, chat, or phone reference services are open Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 9 – 5, Saturday 12-5, and Sunday 12 – 8.  Our e-mail reference is available anytime.

Individual Appointments – For more in-depth help with a librarian, you can schedule an individual appointment for one-on-one assistance.  Call 419-530-4479 or e-mail to set up an appointment.

The Writing Center – located in Carlson Library’s main concourse, the Writing Center tutors meet with students in order to generate ideas, organize notes and thoughts, and receive feedback on drafts or completed papers.  Make an appointment in person or by phone.

Citation Resources – Check out our citation LibGuide for help on correctly citing your sources in APA or MLA citation styles for your research papers.  Other resources include copies of a variety of style guides on Reserve at the Circulation Desk, or the great resources from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue.

Using EndNote: Faculty/Staff Workshop

Faculty & staff are invited to join us for the last of our Connection Sessions this semester: Using EndNote.   This 30 minute session will show you how to save yourself time and frustration by formatting your manuscripts with EndNote, a bibliographic management software program available to you as a free download via myUT. The session will be taught by faculty in the College of University Libraries and Academic Support.  Feel free to bring your lunch or a snack!

Using EndNote:

  • Wednesday, December 1, 2010– Carlson Library, room 1027, 12-12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 2, 2010– Mulford Library, room 520, 12-12:30 p.m.

No reservation necessary, just stop in!

Carlson Library Roofing Project & Odor

Thank you so much for your patience with the roofing project at Carlson Library this Fall semester. These roof repairs were necessary to ensure the safety of our building’s users and our collections. We know that the project with its associated smells and noise has disrupted your full enjoyment of the libraries as you study and work here. The odor, while unpleasant, is not hazardous or harmful; however, some people are more sensitive to it than others. The good news is that the project is anticipated being completed by Thanksgiving, giving you a more pleasant environment to study for finals and finish your end-of-term assignments.

More information about the project is available in this article from the Independent Collegian.

Thank you for your understanding!

UT Libraries are on Facebook & Twitter

The UT Libraries have been on Facebook for quite a while now, but we’ve recently added Twitter to the social network sites we’re on.  By Like-ing us on Facebook or following us on Twitter, you can be kept up to date with the latest news about new services from the libraries, events at your library, or interesting things from around the web that our librarians find.  Best of all, you can create a connection with the libraries you use.

All of our Twitter and Facebook accounts can be found on our social media page on the website, or use these links for individual libraries: