4 New Libraries Added to I-Share: Borrow Their Books

April 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, I-Share, library catalog | Comments Off on 4 New Libraries Added to I-Share: Borrow Their Books

book_imageIn March, four new library collections were added to I-Share, a shared online book database that Illinois Tech students, faculty, and staff can use. The new libraries joining  are College of DuPage Library in Glen Ellyn, JKM Library in Chicago, McKinstry Library at Lincoln College  in Lincoln, and Henry Pfeiffer Libraryat MacMurray College in Jacksonville. The collections are now fully accessible for borrowing and with the addition of these libraries, the I-Share union catalog now contains the holdings of 86 member institutions. Items range from the scholarly to bestsellers and patrons can request online for delivery at an IIT Library, or IIT patrons can walk in and borrow directly off the shelf from any I-Share member library.

Are YOU using I-Share? You should because if you’re not using I-Share you are missing out on borrowing more than 38 million items.  Unsure how to get started? Watch a video, read instructions, give us a call or stop by the Research Help Office on the upper level of Galvin Library for assistance. Get started today and enjoy access to unlimited reading material.

All About E-books

October 20, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Posted in library catalog | Comments Off on All About E-books

You may have noticed more and more big red ‘e’ icons in your catalog search results. That e icon means that book is an e-book. E-book results look something like this:


We have more than 20,000 e-books across a wide variety of subjects. Simply open the record for the book you want to read and click on the link next to ‘online access’:

…or click on the link in the ‘connect via http’ field:

You can read them off-campus too; just enter your IIT information when prompted.

Some frequently asked questions:

“I only want to search for e-books, how can I do that?”
After you have conducted a search in the library catalog, click on “electronic” under the format option on the right side. You could also set that option before searching using the advanced search option, and selecting electronic. Or, you could search specific e-book databases, such as Safari or Books 24×7.

“The record has a book icon and an e icon. Does this mean we have both electronic and hard copy versions?”
In general we do not have both hard copy and electronic versions of the same book. That book logo you see indicates that the item is a book, and not a DVD, journal, CD, etc. The e next to it means the book is electronic. If we have two copies, you would see that inside the record.

“When I search in I-Share, I see libraries that have e-books I want to read that IIT doesn’t have. Why can’t I read them?”
The answer to the question can be complicated. Briefly, e-books are often available as part of a larger subscription to the particular e-book’s publisher. This means they fall under the same restrictions databases fall under; only current students, staff, and faculty at that specific university can view them.

As always, if you ever have any questions you can contact the reference desk in person or from http://library.iit.edu/ask. We are here to help you!

Online Catalog: New Interface

August 25, 2009 at 5:30 pm | Posted in I-Share, IIT Library Catalog, library catalog | Comments Off on Online Catalog: New Interface

The Galvin Library, and its branch libraries, switched over to a new online catalog interface this summer.  It has a new look, improved search speed and additional functionality, such as user tags and comments.  There is also a feature called faceting, which is a way to narrow your search results by a specific subject, author, location, language and more.

For returning students, faculty and staff, this catalog requires that you create a new, personalized login name and password.  It will use your library borrower ID to link your new account to your existing library account.  In order to link correctly, the new user account page will ask for the following information:

  • Bar code – your bar code is your IIT ID number that is on the front of your IIT ID card
  • Last Name – the last name listed on your IIT ID card
  • Library – Illinois Institute of Technology

In the “Basic Information” section of the new user account page, you can choose your own user name and password.  You can also choose to send information to an e-mail account other than your IIT e-mail address.  Click here to create your new account.

**Keep in mind that the library uses ONLY your IIT email account to send notification emails regarding your requested materials.

If you prefer to use the previous online catalog interface, simply click on the “Classic Search” button in the upper right-hand of the catalog screen.

Questions?  You can always contact the reference desk

Library Catalog: New Look & New Features

June 16, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Posted in I-Share, IIT Library Catalog, library catalog | Comments Off on Library Catalog: New Look & New Features

The recent upgrade done by the Consortium for Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) has resulted in a new look and new features to both the IIT catalog and I-Share, the shared catalog of 76 universities in Illinois.

Users of the online catalog will still be able to request and renew items, as well as view delivery status, due date and fee information.  New features include:

  • Subject and Author search tabs provide quick access
  • Limits such as format, language and date easily added to your search
  • Build your list of titles using “My List”
  • Expanded details for requests, renewals and fines in “My Account”
  • Improved access for adaptive/assistive technology
  • Search tab features materials “New in the Catalog”

Users of the online catalog will notice changes to the design of the IIT local catalog over the coming weeks as we continue to customize the new search interface.

If you have any questions, you can ask us using phone, IM, email or drop by the desk on the upper level of Galvin Library.  As always, we welcome your feedback.

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