Ask a Librarian via IM and Meebo

March 22, 2007 at 10:18 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, reference services | Comments Off on Ask a Librarian via IM and Meebo

Have you ever been at home searching for an article, and can’t find it? Having trouble logging in to your library account? Now you can get help without having to leave the convenience of your home or office! Galvin Library now offers patrons the ability to Instant Message (IM) a Reference Librarian. Instant Messaging, a real-time internet chat program, is used by millions of people around the world every day. All you need is a computer and access to the internet. Galvin Library uses the following screen names and IM clients:

AOL Instant Messenger (AIM): IITLibrary
Google Talk:
MSN Messenger:
Yahoo Messenger: AskIITLibrary

Any of the above services can also be accessed using Meebo, a Web-based IM client portal.

If you don’t have an IM account or screen name, you can still IM a librarian using the Meebo widget on our Ask a Librarian page!

The service is available during all regular library hours. See our Ask a Librarian pages for more information.

Sharing Resources Through Interlibrary Loan

March 15, 2007 at 6:51 pm | Posted in ILL | Comments Off on Sharing Resources Through Interlibrary Loan

Recently, a researcher wrote on the value of free interlibrary loan (ILL) service in the US compared to the fees being charged at UK libraries for ILL materials. ILL at Galvin Library is provided free to our faculty, staff and students. If you’re intrigued by the following quote, read the rest of the article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. “For the most part, libraries silently eat the cost. The significance of that sacrifice goes largely unnoticed. It isn’t the sexiest line on a library budget. But there is something profoundly democratic, surprisingly compassionate, and deeply civic in sharing our national resources in this manner.”

New: DARTS Database

March 12, 2007 at 10:03 pm | Posted in databases, government documents, new resources | Comments Off on New: DARTS Database

DARTS: Depository Access to Reports, Technical & Scientific
DARTSPaul V. Galvin Library has been chosen to participate in a pilot project designed to provide Federal Depository Libraries with online access to government technical and scientific reports. The cooperative program partners the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), the Government Printing Office (GPO) and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Through this partnership, over 240,000 technical and scientific reports are being made available to the patrons of select Federal Depository Libraries.

Galvin Library hosts Federal Depository #0146-A, which was established in 1982. The physical collection boasts over 100,000 technical reports from agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Defense (DoD).

Galvin Library’s status as a depository allows for our participation in the DARTS Pilot Project which will provide our patrons with access to almost a quarter million technical reports in electronic format. Online access to these reports, published by NASA, DOE, DoD and other agencies, will augment the library’s physical collection. Most of these reports, which were published between 1964 and 2000, were not available to depository libraries and were only available for purchase from NTIS prior to the creation of this program.

Access to this valuable database is moderated by a login controlled by Depository Staff. Furthermore, access is limited to the workstations surrounding the Reference Desk at the Paul V. Galvin Library. Please contact the Reference Desk (x7-3616) for more information regarding access to DARTS. Click here to enter DARTS. You will need to ask a librarian for the username and password.

The heaviest subject areas covered by DARTS are as follows:
• Physics (16%)
• Environmental Pollution and Control (13%)
• Nuclear Science and Technology (13%)
• Medicine and Biology (11%)
• Energy (8%)
• Chemistry (7%)
• Materials Science (7%)
• Natural Resources and Earth Sciences (6%)
• Computers and Information Theory (5%)
• Behavior and Society (7%) – includes psychology, education, law and sociology, and international relations.

The Paul V. Galvin Library is proud to have been selected as a participant in the DARTS Pilot Project, and congratulates all the involved agencies on their tremendous breakthrough!

Contest: Light Up Your Library!

March 7, 2007 at 5:47 pm | Posted in contests, events | Comments Off on Contest: Light Up Your Library!

In honor of National Library Week (April 15-21), Galvin Library has created the “Light Up Galvin” contest. Participants will put their design skills and creativity to work by designing a lamp using books. All entries will be put on permanent display on the tables in Galvin starting April 16th. Professor of Architecture and Kemper Gallery Director Robert J. Krawczyk will determine the best two lamp designs.

Cash prizes!!
First prize will win a $50 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble, and second place will receive a $25 Barnes & Noble gift certificate. Simply email to set up a time to pick up books and lamp parts to build your lamp. That’s right, we’ll supply all the necessary components, you just bring the creativity. Submissions need to be returned to Galvin by Friday, April 13th at 5pm. Winners will be announced at the end of National Library Week.

Celebrate National Women’s History Month

March 6, 2007 at 4:09 pm | Posted in exhibits | Comments Off on Celebrate National Women’s History Month

Join Galvin Library in the recognition of National Women’s History Month. This year’s theme is Generations of Women Moving History Forward. The display, located on the Lower Level of Galvin, showcases books about accomplished women from the past, present, and future. You can find these books and more about great women by searching the library’s online catalog. The display runs through March 31st. To learn more about National Women’s History Month, visit the official National Women’s History Project website.

New Art Exhibit: Seeing Beyond Our Vision

March 5, 2007 at 7:40 pm | Posted in art@iit, exhibits | Comments Off on New Art Exhibit: Seeing Beyond Our Vision

Seeing Beyond Our Vision
A new exhibit of fascinating images by photomicrographer Dee Breger is currently on display in the Kemper Room gallery at Galvin Library. Taken using an electron microscope, the photos reveal the natural beauty of an invisible world that includes seeds, bugs, feathers, blood clots, microfossils, and cosmic dust. While the images stir the imagination with their striking visual impact, they also showcase the technical achievements of electron microscopy and digital image enhancement, creating a compelling fusion of science and fine art.

“Seeing Beyond Our Vision” will be showing through April 7. The Kemper Room is located on the upper level of the library. For more on the exhibit, see art@iit.

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