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On Friday, January 10, 2020, starting at 10 pm, all USMAI systems will experience downtime due to a data-center move. The downtime is expected to last until Saturday, January 11, noon.
During this time there will be no access to the St. Mary’s Catalog or the USMAI Catalog, and there will be no off-campus access to any of our databases or e-journals.
Happy New Semester!
Since I know everyone’s busy the first week of classes, here’s a round-up of library news & helpful links you can use to get off to a great start:
Welcome back and good luck!
The Library maintains a College-wide subscription to The Chronicle of Higher Education. To access all articles, opinion pieces, and writing about academia you could ever want, just visit The Chronicle online and sign up for a free account using your St. Mary’s email address.
Also, all currently enrolled students, and SMCM faculty and staff can register for access to the daily NY Times and its online archive (we have a separate database for the Historical NY Times from 1851-2012 with a moving wall).
Happy New Year! Happy New Semester!
Since I know everyone’s busy the first week of classes, here’s a round-up of library news & helpful links you can use to get off to a great start in 2016:
As always, if you have a question about anything – don’t hesitate to Ask Us!
Welcome back and good luck!
During the process you may notice the Research Guides looking a little
raggedy sparse different as we prepare them for the big move.
If you need research help (at any time!) send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the reference desk Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – Noon and 1:00pm – 5:00pm.
Thanks for your patience!
Whether it’s your 1st or 8th (or, err, 10th) semester the library is doing cool stuff that you might not know about. So in the librarian-y spirit of sharing information, here are 3 things you might not know about the SMCM Library:
1. There’s so much more to check out than books!
…like Chromebooks and laptops, chargers for PC laptops and MacBooks, headphones, Kindles, extension cords, dry erase boards…
PLUS chargers for Android and iPhones! Yassssssssss!
2. (Almost) no overdue fines!
I mean, you still get charged if you never return it, but tons of items are late fee free!
3. All the Super Nice PeopleTM who want to help you!
Really. So. Nice.
Have a question? Just ask.
From finding Course Reserves to researching your SMP, they live for this stuff.
The library has a fleet of Kindles loaded with popular fiction, bestsellers, and all the current young adult novel crazes.
Whatever your favorite Kindle device might be, we want to make sure that we’re buying the books YOU want to read. Our only restriction: It has to be fiction or popular non-fiction. No academic titles, please; we’re trying to keep our Kindles, light and focused on reading for pleasure, not work. So take a minute and…
Leave a comment with a book you’d like us to add to our Kindle collection!
Not sure what books we already have on our Kindles? Take a look! Also take a minute to learn more about our Kindles from this awesome video created by SMCM student Eden Anbinder:
As you may have already noticed, the Library website, like the rest of the St. Mary’s College website, has a new look! Over the past few months the librarians and the amazing Web Services team have been working hard to create website for the Library, Archives, and Media Center that are
- easy to use
- attractive to view
- and responsive, meaning you can view and interact with the site effectively regardless of the size of your screen.
We know that most people come to our Library’s website to access research resources, so we’ve featured OneSearch and all of our research tools like the catalog, ejournals, databases, and interlibrary loan prominently on the Library’s homepage. Our menu options stayed the same (About, Services, Research), so most of our information is in familiar places. We’re also starting to feature different, lesser known library items in our In the Collection feature. Take a look! You just might find your new favorite journal, book, or database.
I know some of you may be asking yourselves: Why the change? Why so drastic?
The biggest push for this dramatic change is in the responsive nature of our new library website. As I mentioned above, this means that you’ll be able to access the library website from any device–laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.–and have the display be optimized for your screen. No more zooming in or excessive scrolling. Our old library website layout didn’t meet responsive web guidelines, so we used this change as an opportunity to make some big changes.
We’re excited about our new website and we hope you are too!