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Technology-Equipped Presentation/Meeting Rooms
This summer the Library added two technology-equipped presentation and meeting rooms for faculty and students to use. These rooms are equipped with large screen TVs, computers, webcams and the necessary software. These rooms are great for small group meetings, web-based videoconferencing, technology training and creating learning resources.
- Located in the Instructional Media Center on the 2nd Floor, Presentation Room 2003 can be reserved by faculty, staff and students for academic and research group work/projects or meetings requiring technology. The room is equipped with a 47" TV, computer, wireless mouse and keyboard, and a webcam.
- Located on the 3rd Floor, Presentation Room 3060 can also be reserved by faculty, staff and students for academic and research group work/projects or meetings requiring technology. The room is e equipped with a 60" TV, computer, conference phone, wireless mouse and keyboard and a webcam. Three of the four walls are coated with IdeaPaint, converting the walls to floor-to-ceiling white boards. This room can also be reconfigured from boardroom-style to lab-style.
The Library recently added two new ST ViewScan microfilm scanners to the Government Documents/Microforms area located on the 2nd floor of the Library. The microfilm/microfiche and microcard scanners provide patrons with newer technology to retrieve materials found in the Library's microforms collection. The scanners allow users to save the captured images in popular formats (JPEG, PDF, TIFF, PNG, PDF multi-page, TIFF multi-page) then output them to CD, USB drive, Google Drive, email, printers, PC network, or cloud-based storage. Both of the units also have the ST OCR Plus™ software that provides optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities, converting the microfilm/microfiche images into searchable text. One of the ST ViewScan microfilm scanners has ST Cruise Control™ software that scans 16mm and 35mm rolls of microfilm automatically at speeds up to 48 pages per minute.
Repurposing Spaces Within the Library
Through assessment activities and meetings with students, it became apparent to the Library Administration, faculty, and staff that students want and need more places to work together in groups as well as quiet places to study. To assist with this, the Library will be moving some of its lesser used collections and materials to offsite storage over the next year, freeing up additional space within the Library. The location of the materials will be reflected in the Online Catalog. Faculty and staff wanting materials from offsite storage will place a hold on the material, which will be retrieved and brought to the Library for pickup. This practice of repurposing spaces within the Library for student use follows a national trend in academic and research libraries.
Mississippi State University offers a new tool that will enhance professors and other employees' abilities to teach online, enhance hybrid courses, conduct online meetings, offer virtual office hours and so much more. Described as an "online collaborative platform," Blackboard Collaborate--which provides functions similar to other online collaborative tools such as WebEx and Adobe Connect--allows users to connect and communicate with students, alumni, potential employees and colleagues no matter where they are located. It also offers a variety of ways to enhance the overall educational experience of our students. Blackboard Collaborate will be used via myCourses, and professors and lecturers using myCourses for instruction will automatically have access to Blackboard Collaborate.
To learn more about Blackboard Collaborate or to schedule an instruction session, please contact Stephanie Agnew or Thomas La Foe at (662) 325-8867. For more information, visit http://library.msstate.edu/collaboratepr.
EndNote X7 for Windows is here!
EndNote is a popular bibliographic management software application, useful for formatting citations and managing your research materials. With EndNote you can create and format bibliographic citations and references as you write or you can download citations from the Library's online indexes and databases. The MSU Libraries is now distributing EndNote X7 for Windows and X6 for Mac. MSU users who have purchased a previous version of EndNote may pick up the new version free of charge from Access Services. To purchase a copy of EndNote, visit http://library.msstate.edu/accessservices/buy.asp.
The MSU Libraries supports the use of EndNote by offering subsidized purchase options, free workshops and online guides. For assistance using EndNote, please contact Beth Downey, 325-3834 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Deborah Lee, 325-0810 or email@example.com.
New Research Databases Added
The MSU Libraries recently upgraded five of its academic research databases provided by EBSCO. These upgrades add over 4,569 full-text journal titles to the library's current collection. Three full-text databases were upgraded to include access to more full-text journals:
Two citation-only databases were upgraded to full-text:
- Academic Search Complete offers an enormous collection of the most valuable full-text journals, providing users access to critical information from many sources unique to this database. In addition, this database is the leading source of peer-reviewed full-text for STM, social science, and humanities research.
- Art Source covers a broad range of related subjects, from fine, decorative and commercial art to various areas of architecture and architectural design. It features full-text articles--as well as detailed indexing and abstracts--for an array of journals, books and more.
- Library & Information Science Source was developed by librarians from a merger of high-quality databases from EBSCO and H.W. Wilson, including many unique sources not previously available. It provides full-tex coverage and high-quality indexing to help librarians and researchers keep pace with the latest trends in a rapidly evolving field of library and information science.
- America: History and Life with Full Text provides full-text coverage of hundreds of journals and books, and selective indexing for journals dating back nearly 60 years. This database is without question the most important bibliographic reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history.
- Historical Abstracts with Full Text is unmatched in its scope and breadth of historical and related social science literature, and is essential for libraries supporting upper-division and graduate research. Coverage includes the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and much more.
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