Newsletter: September 2017
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  • Students

    Database Spotlight: Dissertations & Theses Global

    Described as the "world's most comprehensive collection of full-text dissertations and theses," this resource from ProQuest includes millions of searchable citations from 1861 — present. Most dissertations added since 1997 are available in full-text and can be downloaded in PDF format.

    ProQuest states that "more than 70,000 new full-text dissertations and theses are added to the database each year through publishing partnerships with 700 leading academic institutions worldwide."

    This is just one of the many resources available through Steely that can help you with your research needs!

    Reminder: Learning PLUS Writing Center Available in Steely

    Learning PLUS and Steely have collaborated to provide Writing Center services in Steely Library. The Writing Center, which aims to help students become better writers by advising and guiding them through the writing process, will be located on Steely's third floor near Stego.

    Writing Center Hours in Steely:

    Monday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    Thursday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    Friday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Saturday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    For help or questions regarding the Writing Center in Steely, you can stop in and speak to Writing Center staff and consultants, or visit Steely's 3rd floor Public Services Desk.

  • Faculty|Staff

    Faculty Lunch Seminar

    Intellectual Property 101 for Faculty and Staff

    Presented By: John Schlipp, Intellectual Property Librarian (W. Frank Steely Library)

    Wednesday, September 13, Noon-12:50, Steely Library 304

    The 2017-2018 Faculty Lunch Seminar series opens with John Schlipp, Steely Library's intellectual property librarian and the manager of the campus IPAC: Intellectual Property Awareness Center /content/inside/ipac.html.

    John will present a basic overview about copyright, trademarks, patents, and more. John is also able to answer basic intellectual property questions associated to your creativity, research, publishing, teaching, and innovation. Steely Library's IPAC is also an official Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

    Bring your lunch; dessert and refreshments are provided. For more information or to RSVP, contact Allen Ellis at (859) 572-5527 or

    Co-sponsored by Steely Library and The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Information Literacy Instruction Available

    Getting started is the most difficult part of research for more than 80% of students, according to Project Information Literacy. By scheduling an Information Literacy session, you can integrate librarians into your class to help your students gain confidence about their research abilities, expand their resource network, and develop information literacy competencies.

    Most sessions are held in Steely Library's classroom and incorporate active learning techniques so that students can engage more critically with sources and resources.

    To schedule a session for your class period go to: Virtual options are also available.

    Contact the instruction team at with any questions.

  • Everyone

    "Story Time in the Library" Volunteers Needed

    The Story Time in the Library Program, sponsored by Steely Library's Teacher Resource Center, needs enthusiastic volunteers to read to the children of the Early Childhood Center on Wednesday mornings beginning in September.

    Not sure what is involved or what to expect? Tips and suggestions for leading a story time will be sent to you prior to your story time date. Unsure about choosing material to read? The TRC has numerous story time kits available that include books, activities, finger plays, and songs appropriate for our young readers.

    Join us as a volunteer as we encourage emerging literacy skills with books and fun!

    For more information or to volunteer, please contact Erin Smith (

    NKU Digital Repository Available

    Steely Library has been working for nearly four years to develop a digital repository for NKU. What is a digital repository you ask? It is a centralized digital location, or an electronic database if you will, in which the university seeks to collect and provide open access to:

    • permanent university records with high research value
    • scholarship and creativity by the university community
    • the heritage and history of the Northern Kentucky region as represented in the university's Special Collections

    The repository now includes:

    • 960 issues of The Northerner, the student newspaper, from 1972 – 2006. This is a good resource for what was happening on campus during those years.
    • 622 entries from the Journal of Kentucky Studies, from 2005 – 2016. This journal produced by the NKU English department features articles, poetry, photographs and more.
    • 182 issues of the Staff Congress Newsletter from 1982 – 2009.
    • 340 items of additional Staff Congress records including the Agenda and Minutes for Staff Congress meetings, Constitutions and By-Laws from 1981 – 2004 coming within the week.
    • A small quantity of Psychology Honors Theses have been added with new additions as written. Starting this semester students from the Advanced Nursing Studies program will be contributing articles as they complete their program. Other student works are also anticipated as they are written.

    Additional records have been identified and work is in progress to add them. For now, you can search these records at, but check back to see what new records have been added. Please direct questions to Lois Hamill, University Archivist, or Perry Bratcher, Head of Digital Resources and Access.

    Find Steely on Social Media

    You can find Steely on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so follow us and see what we've got going on! We post information on our services, spaces and resources, and post updates when we have special announcements.

    If you can't find what you're looking for, or if you have a general question for us, you can send them our way with a Tweet or a Facebook message.

    If you follow along closely near the end of the semester, you might even find clues about locating prizes and free stuff!