Newsletter: December 2016
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  • Extended Hours for Finals Week

    Steely Library will open Sunday, December 11 at 9:00 AM and remain open until Friday, December 16 at 5:30 PM. Additionally, Room 304 will be open for general quiet study and Room 102 will be available for graduate students.

    Einstein Bros Bagels, located in Steely's third floor loggia, is planning extended hours for finals week as well. It will remain open until 9:30 PM Monday – Wednesday.

    We wish everyone a successful end to the semester!

  • Update on Course Reserves via Steely Library

    The Course Reserves Service at Steely Library makes course material available both within the library and online to students enrolled in NKU courses. The Reserves Service is available to assist faculty in providing course materials, answering questions on rights & permissions, copyright, and technical needs. Faculty can make requests for course reserves each semester through our online submission form. Because of the way Steely tracks and pays for this service, we request that one request equals one citation. View the form online. Or, from the Steely homepage, go to Faculty & Staff Course Reserves.

    Students can access reserves in two ways. Electronic course reserves can be accessed by students enrolled in the class through course modules via Blackboard.

    Blackboard can be accessed through our homepage Quicklinks Blackboard, or directly at the Blackboard website.

    Traditional reserves, including print books and other physical items used for curricula, are open to all NKU students for shortened time frames. These reserves are housed behind the Access Services desk on the third floor, and can be requested for checkout in-person there. These items can be found in the Steely Library Catalog My Account Course Reserves.

    Furthermore, as many of you know, Steely is going through a library transition. Part of this transition is to consolidate the Reserves service. Currently, Amanda Page, Extended Collections Librarian, is in charge of the Electronic Reserves while Kristi Bishop manages physical reserves and Marcia Johnson media reserves.

    Starting Spring Semester 2016, Kristi Bishop will be moving into a new role as Reserves Specialist. She will have purview over traditional and electronic reserves. Amanda Page will serve as rights & permissions specialist.

    At this time, Marcia Johnson continues to serve Media Reserves. For questions, please contact Amanda, Kristi, and Marcia. Thank you for your patronage of the various reserves services and Steely Library.

  • Information Literacy Update

    In the fall semester, Steely's Information Literacy program expanded our efforts to integrate information literacy instruction across the NKU curriculum. We provided face-to-face instruction for students in courses from diverse disciplines across campus, including Art, Biology, Economics, Engineering Technology, English, History, and Psychology. In these classes, we focused on the general and discipline-specific research skills and concepts that students need to be successful academically and professionally. We also provided instruction via WebEx for several online courses and developed specialized online tutorial series for courses in Journalism, Public Relations, and Communication Studies. Instruction reached students at all levels across campus. Our First Year Experience Librarian worked with hundreds of students enrolled in ENG 101 and UNV 101 courses. These classes provided freshman with an introduction to the basics of academic research and the role of the library as part of their academic success. We also provided instruction for students in several graduate programs, including Educational Leadership and Public Administration.

    We continue to seek opportunities to partner with faculty across campus in order to ensure that NKU students develop vital information literacy skills. For those interested in scheduling a face-to-face or online information literacy instruction session for your class, our booking calendar for the spring semester will be available in early January. Instruction will be available from late January to April, so don't forget to include time for an information literacy instruction session as you plan your course schedules. And for those of you teaching online or distance courses, keep in mind that we are happy to provide instruction for your classes as well, either through WebEx or the development of online tutorials.

    If you are interested in learning more about how we can help you to integrate information literacy into your courses, contact us at