Library Informer (Vol.11 no.2)

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Library Informer (Vol.11 no.2)
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THELIBRARYVolume11,Issue2INFORMERSeptember2000COB Library LaunchesNewAutomatedLibrarySystemNew Ubrary System Virginia BalanceLibrarian -GCCCampusThissemester,THECOLLEGEOFTHEBAHAMASLibrarylaunchesitsnewlibrarysystem,Throughoutthepastyear,behindthescenes,library staffhavebeen worKing hardtoupgradetheiroldlibrarysystemtoanewWeb-based,state-of-the-artsystem.TheNewSystemisavailable this semester -beginningwiththeonlinepublicaccesscatalogue(OPAC)theautomatedcirculationsystem.SystemCoordinator, MicheleDuczek,estimatesthat over80%ofthelibrary's pont holdingsareonline.Staffareworkinghardtoentertherestofthelibrary's holdingssothatalltitles willbeaccessibleviathecomputer.Withthesystem,students willbeabletosearchlibrary holdingsandknowinstantly whether abookorVideois available orcheckedout.BecausethesystemisWeb-based,e-mailswlll automaticallybesentto apatronif his or ifheowesthelibrary outstandingfines. .. (-<': ..:., --, Continued on page 2INSIDETHISISSUE '. 1 New Automated LibrarySystem!1 F=rom the Librarian's Desk3EyesOnNewMedia410KeystoSuccessinUsingthe LibraryFromtheLibrarian'sDeskWillamae JohnsonDirectorWELCOMEtothenewacademic yearwithallitspromiseofexcitement,challenges,andsuccesses.Youcanexpecttoexperiencea distinct differenceinlibraryserviceprovisionatTheCollegeaschangesoccurinhowweserveour clientsandthenewtoolsweprovideforresearch.Welook fOIWard to working withourcollegecommunitytohelpyouachievesetgoals.Progresshasbeenmadeinseveralareasthis yearandthesewillimpacttheservicesweprovide thisyear.Thisfall,thelibrary's AutomatedSystem'Voyager'becomesoperationalandwill improveourefficiencyingetting'real'timeinfonnationtoyou.Also,throughanarrangement withthelibrary's subscriptionagency,patronswillhaveaccessto certain journalswenowgetinprintfonnatviatheInternet.And,accesstoCablewillbeavailableina number ofclassroomswheretelevisionandvideorecorderswillbepennanently lodged. Finally,theplansfor anewlibrarybuildingarewelladvanced,withthelikelihood of groundbreakingbeforetheendoftheacademicyear,Withincreaseddiversity offerings, therefore,nowisagoodtimeto fully maximizeuseoftheLibrariesandInstructionalMediaServices.Asalways,weinviteyouto tellushowwecanimprovetheservicesweprovide.Useour suggestion box located neartheOPACattheCirculationDeskattheOakesFieldLibrary,ore-mailusat'Library@cob.edu.bs. With theamalgamationofBahamasHotelTrainingCollegewithTheCollegeofTheBahamas,andcommencemerrtoftheBachelor ofLawprogrammethisfall,ourcomplementof libraries increasetofIVebranchesandonecentre:NorthernCampus,Hildacontinued on page 3 LIBRARY INFORMER 1

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continued frompage 1NewLibrarySystemThesystem,a4thgeneration relationaldatabase,isthesameonenowinusebythe Ubrary ofCongress,theNational Library ofMedicineandmanyother Universityandcollege librariesaroundthewond.TheCollegeofTheBahamasjoinsranksofmanyfirstrateuniversitiesinsharingthesamelibraryautomationsystem.Butrightnow,thesystemisnameless!Thismonth,L1MSwillbesponsoringacontestforstudents,facultyandstaff tofindanamefor ournewsystem.Thenamingor "baptism"willcoincidewiththeconclusionofeventsthatweareplanning for theoffICiallaunchingofthenewsysteminOctober.Thenewlibrarysystemisforyouto discover1 Ithasmanyinteresting featuresanddifferentwaysforyoutosearchthelibrary'sholdings.Comeonintothelibraryandtry itout.GetyourpasswordandtryoutthenewCOBUbraryCatalogueontheWeb. .. NEWDATABASEI CollectionDevelopmentOneofthemostfrequentcomplaints thatwehear is thatweneverhaveanynewbooks,or thatthelibrary doesn'thavewhatIneed. This isafallacy.ItisNOTUbrary policytoorderTextbooks;however,eachtime acourseispassedattheAcademicBoard,thelisting of supplementaryreadingsfor thatcourseareacquiredbytheLibrary.Thesebooks/materialsareaddedtothecollection.If you're everindoubt, stuck, orcannotfindwhatyouneed,don'thesitatetocontactlibrary staffwhowillassistyouinretrievingtheinformation thatyouneed.Questions???? Stopbythe ReferenceorCirculation Desks.SIRSisnowinCD-ROMFormatSIRSResearcherisageneralreferenceCD-ROMwiththousands of full-text artlcles andgraphics exploring social, scientific,health,historic,economic,business,politicalandglobalissues.Sourcesincludemorethan1,500newspapers,magazines,journalsandU.S.governmentpUblications.TheSIRSResearcherAlmanac includes three AdditionalContentdatabases:World Almanac Excerpts containinginformationonmajor international organizations,nationsoftheworld,statesoftheunionandworldhistory;Directoryof Publications providingbackgroundinformationonnearly1,500publications;and Maps ofthe WorldincludingeachoftheUnitedStates,Canada'sprovinces,nations oftheworldandnumerousregionalmaps.FormoreinformationonaccessingSIRS,don't hesitate to contact theReferenceDeskat302 ... VandalismEverybookthathasbeenstolenorreplacedbecausechapters/pagesweretornoutmeansonelessnewbookthatcanbepurchased.Likewise,whenanarticle isrippedoutof a journal,noonecanusethat articleuntilitisreplaced.ItwouldrealtybeunfortunateIfYOUwerethenext userinthesecases.BECONSIDERATEOFOTHERSandensurethatyouleavethematerialinthesameconditionthatyoufoundit ... SuggestionBoxInthelobby neartheCirculationDesk,thereisasuggestionbox.Ityouhaveanyquestions orcommentsthatwouldhelpuschangeorimprove,pleaseletusknow.Weacceptcomplaints,constructive criticism andofcoursecompliments.Answers tothesuggestionbox willbepostedonthebulletinboard 0utside oftheLibrary.+LIBRARY INFORMER 2

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The Library: MoreThanJustBooks!Weprovide: InstructionintheuseofthelibraryresourcesA computerizedcatalogsystemcalledVoyager Interlibraryloanservices Referenceassistancetohelpyouanswerquestionsandlocatesources Individualresearchconsultation AudioVisualmaterialsina variety of formats Photocopyingmachine LibraryTours Computer assistedresearch InternetIE-mail facility Document delivery servicesForAssistance ContactDirectorsOffice3024552 Reference/Circulation 302-4517SpecialCollections ,', ..,302-4553Media Department ,302-4460 Email:library@cob.edu.bs .r continuedfrompage1Bowen,OakesField,SHTSLibrary,theLawLibraryandtheExumaResourceCentre,inGeorgetown,Exuma. The LawLibraryandSHTSLibraryareiocatedintheHospitalityandTourismCentrecomplexonThompsonBoulevard.Thelibraries' holdingsnowstandatover70,000volumes.Inaddition to Voyager,theonline journalaccess,andresourcesinother electronic,audiovisualandprintformats,wearepleasedtoprovideaccesstoa number of other servicesandprogrammestomeetyour informationandresearchneeds.AmongtheseareInstructionalMediaservices(theproduction ofclassroommaterials,hardwareequipment facilitationanddemonstrations), reference services 0nte.r1ibrary loanrequests,bibliographic instructionsessions,andreferralassistance)andprogrammeslike'MeettheWriter',whichisscheduledfor October11th.Ofcourse,efficient servicewouldnotbepossible withouttheavailability of acadreof talentedandcommittedstaffwhoarealwayseager to assist you.Welookforwardtoour interactionssoastomaximizetheuseof whatisprovided,andtohelpourlibrarygrowinto afullfledgedresearchfacility.Mayyoueachhavea successfulyear! .. EyesOnNewMediaPlease contact theMedia Department if any materials(VIdeo cassettes) listedareof interesttoyou.RM A68 Me!A Librclfian. EthicsinAction TeachingChildrengame videos EvolutionofagroupOther Popular Titles include: Dead Poets Society Philadelphia SoulFoodOther services available are:Binding Laminating Audio Duplication MediaProductionCheck out the Medl_ DepartmentTod_yl LIBRARY INFORMER 3

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10KEYSTOSUCCESSINUSINGTHELIBRARYWAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR INFORMATION GATHERING SKILL AND UNDERSTANDINGOFTHE LIBRARY. Direct questions to the Library staff. Explore the library building, its collections and services. Sign up for a library tour. Become familiar with the types of resources in theReferenceCollection. UseVoyagerthe online catalogue to locate resources. Use periodical Indexes to find articles in joumals, magazines, and newspapers. Learn to use Library of Congress call numberstolocate books in the stacks. Learn to locate periodicals in print, CD-ROM or microform in the Reference Collection. Develop critical thinking skillstoevaluate the information you find. Cite sources correctly, completely, and consistently and avoid plagiarism.+ACURIL-ASUCCESSIncollaboration with C.O.B's25thanniversary celebrations, The College along with The Ministry of Education and the Bahamas Library Association hosted the 30tltl ACURIL Conference on June 4-10,2000, at the Radisson Cable Beach Hotel, Nassau, Bahamas; under the theme 'Caribbean Libraries on the Eve of the Millennium: Trends and Issues.." ACURIL's, the acronym for the Association of Caribbean Universities Research and Institutional Libraries. Each day of the conference was devotedtoa particular areaofInformation Technology and its use in Libraries. Digital libraries, developing a consortium, networking and the Internet were hot topics. Over 200 delegates hailed from Jamaica, Haiti, Jamaica, Colombia, Brazil andUSAto name a fewofthe countries represented.+What's in a name?UMSisholding a contest to name its new Online PublicAccess Catalogue (OPAC). To enter, write your name, address, telephone contact,andthe proposed name on a3x5card. Drop the information in the Suggestionboxor email yourentry by October ft'. The Winner will be announced attheofficial launchingofthe Vo.vager svstem in October 2000.