Newsletter: October 2017
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  • Students

    Steely Fall Break Hours

    In observance of Fall Break, W. Frank Steely Library will have reduced hours October 15-17.

    Steely's Fall Break hours:

    Sunday (10/15): 1:00 PM — 6:00 PM
    Monday (10/16): 8:00 AM — 8:00 PM
    Tuesday (10/17): 8:00 AM — 8:00 PM

    Database Spotlight: Alt-Press Watch

    For students that may need non-traditional viewpoints for their projects, Alt-Press Watch offers access to "full-text newspapers and magazines from alternative, independent presses, proving an unmatched, multidisciplinary resource for researchers seeking an alternative to mainstream media perspectives."

    This database features millions of articles, from 1970 to the present, from over 270 publications, e.g. The American Prospect, Against the Current, Dissent, Texas Observer, Weekly Standard, Earth Island Journal, Fifth Estate, Mother Jones, Utne, and Village Voice.

    Visit Alt-Press Watch to learn more and start searching!

  • Faculty|Staff

    Faculty Lunch Seminar

    Why Should I Be Excited About Canvas?

    Wednesday, October 11, Noon-12:50, Steely Library 304

    This session can serve as an introduction to NKU's new LMS. Representatives from the Center for Innovation and Technology in Education are going to show off some of the most exciting features that make Canvas one of the best Learning Management Systems.

    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

    Changes in Ordering Library Materials

    The process for ordering one-time cost library materials (books and media) is changing due a flat allocation and inflation of prices for continuing-cost items (journals and databases). This year, 2017/18, after the cost for continuing-cost items is subtracted, there is remainder of $42,000 for one-time cost items.

    In order to meet as many request as possible, we will first try to borrow the item(s) through interlibrary loan, so orders should be submitted via SourceFinder.

    If you have a time-sensitive request, or if you feel that the item must be purchased, you should indicate that in the "Notes" field on the SourceFinder request form.

    Conquer Research-Related Fears with Information Literacy Instruction

    What do your students find frightening at this time of year? Ghosts? Goblins? Vampires? Maybe.

    Their upcoming research papers and projects? Definitely!

    Studies have consistently shown that students struggle with the research process, including developing an appropriate research question and evaluating the quality of their sources. If you want to help make the research process a little less scary for your students, consider scheduling an information literacy instruction session at Steely Library.

    We can help your students conquer their research-related fears by teaching them the skills and concepts needed to tackle academic research. Instruction is available for all NKU courses, both face-to-face and online.

    To schedule a session, go to: For more information about our Information Literacy program, email us at

  • Everyone

    A Steely Library Survey is Coming!

    Beginning October 23rd and running until November 17th, Steely Library will be conducting a survey, and we will need your help!

    We want to best serve our users, and we need your feedback in order to assess how well we are meeting your needs and expectations.

    Keep an eye out for opportunities to help Steely by completing our brief, online, and confidential survey... there may even be opportunities to win some (awesome) prizes for those who participate!

    Steely's IPAC Participating in Free Business Workshop on 10/19

    The Intellectual Property Awareness Center (IPAC) at Steely Library will be participating in a free business workshop at the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library on Thursday, October 19, from 6:30 —8:00 p.m.

    "Entrepreneur Business Basics 101: Initiate, Engage, Connect" will cover topics that include establishing and protecting your company's intellectual property, developing innovations, improving business performance, and more.

    The event is supported by Steely Library's IPAC, The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at NKU, the Kentucky Innovation Network at Covington, the Kenton County Public Library, and others.

    Business basics will also be included at this free business workshop. RSVP at or phone (859) 962-4000.

    The IPAC at Steely Library assists its library customers in acquiring knowledge about intellectual property to cultivate their research, creativity, and innovation. Visit the IPAC website at /content/inside/ipac.html to learn more.