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Newsletter: October 2014
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  • Welcome to the inaugural issue of steely. news. This e-newsletter will provide short, quickly read items to let you know what is happening at Steely. We anticipate that it will be a monthly publication during the fall and spring semesters. If you have questions about any of the items, please feel free to contact your college's library representative or me. Best regards,

    Arne J. Almquist, Ph.D.
    Associate Provost for Library Services

  • New student services

    Steely announces two new services making the library easier for students to use: First Year Experience Librarian and myLIBRARIAN. Research has shown that students, particularly those new to campus, are not aware of what assistance, resources, and services are available to them at their library. Leslie Hammann, First Year Experience Librarian, will introduce freshmen to Steely resources and services. Sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduates now have a subject library research advisor through the myLIBRARIAN program, who will provide library/research help. All students can find their librarians and schedule a time to meet with him or her through the myLIBRARIAN web page.

    And you can help us help your students and tell them about "their" librarians!

  • Liaison program changes

    We are streamlining a number of library processes. If you have a new course proposal you can now contact the appropriate librarian for your college instead of your previous departmental liaison:

    If you have a library question, you can contact your department's myLIBRARIAN. Or feel free to contact any librarian and we will make sure you get the information/help you need.

    Department chairs recently received their letters explaining some adjustments to the library's materials budget this year. Departmental allocations have been merged with the faculty pool; the faculty pool overall and individual limits have increased. Each faculty member may spend up to $800; limit per department is $3,000. There is no longer a December 15 deadline; March 15 is now the final deadline for new materials requests instead of February 15.

  • Library website conversations

    The faculty and staff of Steely invite you to participate in a series of conversations looking at Steely's website. The feedback we hear from you will help us to provide a better, more usable site. The sessions will be informal and will begin with some general, open-ended questions. If you have comments, suggestions, or complaints, we want to hear them. Most importantly, we want to know what you would like from our website. We will hold separate sessions for faculty, students, and graduate students.

    Our first faculty group will be Monday, October 27, 12-12:55 p.m., Steely 304. If you plan to attend or are interested in a future session, please contact Michael Providenti, (859) 572-5936. Please consider taking this opportunity to help us to plan the future of the Steely website.

  • October is National Literacy Awareness Month

    Since 2000, Steely librarians have relied on the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to guide our own information literacy instruction. This year the Association of College and Research Libraries proposed a new framework to think about information literacy. The draft framework outlines six threshold concepts and consists of not only abilities, but also dispositions for an information literate individual. While the framework is still a work in progress, a vote on the final document is expected in early 2015. Steely librarians look forward to sharing details about the final version with the NKU community. In the meantime, you can learn more about the library's information literacy program at our website.

  • Current database trials for Browzine and IBISWorld

    BrowZine delivers academic journals to your mobile device by organizing the articles found in Open Access and NKU's subscription databases. Download and install the free trial version of BrowZine from the App Store. When opening for the first time, select Northern Kentucky University; then enter your NKU ID and password. From there, select your subject areas. The trial lasts through mid-November. Please send any questions or opinions to Perry Bratcher, (859) 572-6309.

    Business, Marketing and Entrepreneur faculty will be interested in the IBISWorld database trial. This research database covers over 1,300 industries with in-depth analysis on topics such as industry revenue, product/service segmentation, market segmentation, industry cost structure, competitive landscape, major players, supply chain analysis, key success factors, and external economic factors. All of this information is delivered in an easy-to-navigate online format. The trial runs between October 15 and November 15. Please send any questions or opinions to John Schlipp, (859) 572-5723.

    All database trials can be accessed at Steely Library's website.

  • New subscription to Academic Search Complete

    We are excited to tell you about a new subscription that will enhance your research. Academic Search Complete, an Ebsco database of multidisciplinary academic journals, is touted as having extensive full-text journal coverage (9,000 titles overall and 7,800 are peer-reviewed). Another noteworthy feature is the ability to search cited references in more than 1,400 of the journals. This impressive source is updated daily.

  • Richard Hague poetry reading October 23

    The Friends of Steely Library and the Department of English will host Richard Hague on October 23rd at 7:00 pm in the Otto Budig Theatre. Richard is an award-winning local author of 15 volumes of poetry and prose and that evening he will read from a collection of new and selected poems covering 1984-2012 entitled During the Recent Extinctions. He recently ended a 45-year teaching career at Purcell Marian High School and continues to teach writing classes and workshops around the region. His reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. This event is free and open to the public and a percentage of proceeds from book sales will benefit the Friends of Steely Library. For more information, contact Sandi Webster, (859) 572-6152.