Update for the New Catalog

orbis-exlibrisThe shared catalog of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, known more commonly as SUMMIT, has had some major changes lately.

The second of the four “phases” of the change in catalogs has begun.  The second group of libraries have begun to upload their old local catalog content into the new shared catalog.  The go-live date for the new libraries to publicly appear in the new catalog is December.

Why is this significant?  The second group of libraries is very large, so a sizable chunk of new library records will appear in the new catalog around December.  This will increase the amount of materials that one can borrow through the new catalog interface instead of being bounced to the old Summit catalog system.  In essence, this will make one’s use of the new system more efficient and ultimately more pleasant.  As more libraries join, the need to use the old catalog will naturally decrease.

Libraries in each group (cohort) are listed below along with their go-live dates.

It is important to remember that a major purpose for this new catalog is to remove the need for local catalogs for each institution.  We are attempting to share one catalog resource with 37 member institutions.

Cohort plan for the Shared ILS implementation

Cohort 1 (Go-Live June 2013)
Linfield College
Marylhurst University
Pacific University
University of Washington
Western Washington University
Willamette University
Cohort 2 (Go-Live December 2013)
Concordia University
Eastern Washington University
Evergreen State College
Lewis & Clark College
Portland Community College
Reed College
Saint Martin’s University
Seattle Pacific University
University of Idaho
Warner Pacific College
Washington State University
Cohort 3 (Go-Live June 2014)
Clark College
Mt Hood Community College
Oregon Health & Science University
Oregon Institute of Technology
Portland State University
Southern Oregon University
University of Oregon
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
Western Oregon University

Cohort 4 (Go-Live December 2014)
Central Oregon Community College
Central Washington University
Chemeketa Community College
Eastern Oregon University
George Fox University
Lane Community College
Oregon State University
Seattle University
Walla Walla University
Whitman College

Assignment Calculator Tool Updated

We have updated our Assignment Calculator tool to offer even more accountability and support to help you complete your assignments from start to finish.

The assignment calculator is a simple tool that students and faculty can use to help calculate when parts of a research paper or assignment should be worked on and completed.  Basically, all you need to do is plug in the beginning date of an assignment and the due date, and it does the rest for you!

Then the calculator lists all of the steps needed to complete your assignment and when each step should be done.  Below is an example.  This is a wonderful tool to help with time management!

Last year we used a bare bones structure, as outlined in our blog entry.  This year you can create an account which will email you notification of what you should be doing, the days left to complete the step, and the time you should spend on this step.

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Below is an example of what you could expect to see from the Assignment Calculator tool.

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Searching Specific Journal Titles in Ebsco

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Here’s a trick of the trade that you might find helpful.  Many of our databases can search within specific journals, such as the Ebsco databases (e.g. Academic or Business Source Premier).  If a journal is covered (indexed) in Ebsco, you can browse through that journal by year or volume/issue number.  Better yet, you can search within that specific journal .  Here’s how…

Click PUBLICATIONS at the top of the screen, type in your journal title under BROWSING, and click the BROWSE button.  You will get a list of journals that fit your search criteria.

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Click the title of the journal you’re after.  You will have the option to search within this specific journal or browse through it by year or volume/issue.

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If you choose to search within a specific journal, you will see the initials JN which stands for “journal” added to the search box followed by the journal title in quotes.  The example below is for the journal called JAMA, which is an acronym for Journal of the American Medical Association.  The full title of the journal is called JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association.  You can also search within several journals at one time in Ebsco databases.

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Better than Printing Tip #10: Condensing PowerPoint Slides

Did you know you can print several slides on one page? PowerPoint, Keynote, even Google Presentations all offer slick ways to print 2x,  4x, or even 6x slides on one pages. It’s perfect for lab references, taking notes, or just plain turning that monstrosity into a 6 page lapdog.

BONUS user-submitted tip! Print More than one page on a single sheet from PDFs:

 

 


Better than Printing Tip #9: Improve Reading on a Computer Screen

Better Than Printing Tip #9: Improve Reading on a Computer Screen.

Reading on a screen can be uncomfortable and exhausting on the eyes. Glare, contrast, and scrolling constantly cause eyestrain quickly. To improve your reading experience on screens, try adjusting nearby light sources, dial down the whites in your monitor, and use tools to hide distracting parts e-articles.

Check out these links for more details:http://lifehacker.com/5890461/how-to-make-reading-on-your-computer-a-better-experience

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2013/03/08/how-to-read-a-computer-screen-the-latest-tools-to-ease-on-screen-reading/

 


Better Than Printing Tip #8: Listen to Articles

Better than Printing Tip #8: Listen to articles instead of read them. Many journal articles in the Ebsco or Gale databases are available in audio format. Look for the microphone icon to listen to an article.
Details at: http://www.willamette.edu/wits/betterthanprinting/

It’s not just about sustainability & waste. The Better than Printing campaign is geared toward helping you choose methods that make it easier to organize and edit your documents & articles and to work collaboratively.

View the Tip of the Week Archive:

http://www.willamette.edu/wits/betterthanprinting/tip_of_the_week.html


Better Than Printing Tip #7: Save articles in RefWorks

Save articles in RefWorks. Refworks allows you to keep track of and organize your citations and documents.  You may also continue to use RefWorks after you graduate!

For more information about creating an account and using RefWorks check out the handy guides from our librarians:
http://libguides.willamette.edu/refworks

It’s not just about sustainability & waste. The Better than Printing campaign is geared toward helping you choose methods that make it easier to organize and edit your documents & articles and to work collaboratively.

View the Tip of the Week Archive:

http://www.willamette.edu/wits/betterthanprinting/tip_of_the_week.html


Better Than Printing Tip #6: Use NetFiles Personal Storage

Students, faculty and staff have access to personal storage space on Willamette’s network file server. This space is automatically created when your network account is made.  The NetFiles storage space can be used to store and back up data for classes, projects and academic research.  The file servers themselves are backed up regularly and data can be recovered in cases of local hard drive failures or accidental file corruption or deletion.  All members of the community are strongly encouraged to save any files that cannot afford to be lost to their NetFiles storage space.

The file server may be accessed from any computer that has network connectivity. It is similar to DropBox or other on-line storage services – and it’s completely free.

  • Space: 10gb of storage are allotted to each personal share.
  • Connecting On-Campus: Map your NetFiles storage space as a network drive to access it easily from your computer on campus
  • Connecting from Off Campus: You MUST connect via a file transfer client application and use Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) to access your NetFiles storage space from off campus.  You can also use an SFTP client to connect to NetFiles from campus.
    • File Transfer Client Software: To access the NetFiles storage from off-campus, download and install a file transfer client application such as Filezilla or Cyberduck (both have versions for PC and Mac).  Configuration instructions for SFTP client software.
  • Personal website: You can also set up a personal website on your NetFiles directory.
  • Backups: NetFiles makes daily copies of each stored file, called snapshots.  These snapshots are user-accessible so you can retrieve your own files from a previous version. Please contact the WITS Help Desk or your user services consultant for help accessing or using the snapshots.
  • Transition to NetFiles FAQ

View the Tip of the Week Archive:

http://www.willamette.edu/wits/betterthanprinting/tip_of_the_week.html


Better Than Printing Tip #4: Google Drive Revisions, Comments, and Markups

Use Comments and markup tools for convenient peer editing in Google Drive.

So you’ve finally convinced Group Partner XX that Google Drive is the wave of the present and to ditch the hand-scribed project revisions every week. They’ve seen the light, but now it’s all fouled up. Someone (not naming names) has gone and deleted the best paragraph in the whole presentation (yours of course). Not only that but the group hasn’t been able to meet in over a week and no one’s made anymore changes as the due date approaches.

Get that paragraph back in the final version: no problem(and see who nuked it in the 1st place). Set up commenting so your group members can give feedback without being face-to-face: easy as pie!

The power of Google Drive goes beyond just sharing and collaborative live-editing. Google Drive has an easy-to-view revision history so you can see just who messed up that last group project,and revert to an earlier version in a snap. You can also do peer-editing & feedback with their nifty commenting tool. You can even set up notifications on the comment thread so you’ll get emailed when someone posts a comment to your doc.