Daily Archives: October 21, 2013

Changes in The CAT record display to encourage users to request ILL when a book is unavailable

By Barbara Coopey

In keeping with our user-centered focus, Access Services Council in collaboration with the Circ Reserves Expert team, has been examining service alternatives to the recall process. This past year, several changes have been implemented in The CAT records to alert users when an item is unavailable. They are instead guided to use Interlibrary Loan services. There is a web page on the Access Services Intranet explaining the rationale and progress of the changes. https://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/access/intranet/catchanges12.html

For certain conditions such as checked out to another library, material at the bindery or being repaired, the due date displayed under Location in The CAT record has been replaced with the text This copy unavailable, submit request via Interlibrary Loan. This text is a “hot” link to Interlibrary Loan services for the user to place a request. In addition, items with these conditions are non-holdable. This means the “I Want It” will not display unless there is an available copy to satisfy a hold.

However, if an item is checked out to a local user, the due date is replaced with Checked out. Items checked out to local users are holdable, meaning the “I Want It” will display. The web page has images of CAT records with the various conditions. It also shows how these conditions are displayed in E-ZBorrow and Uborrow.

Events: Week of October 21

October 23, noon to 1 p.m.: —“Yo soy #Nicaragüense…How do university students in Central America perceive their indigenous culture?, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library and mediasite live. See story

October 23, 12:15 p.m.: Changing Sea (film), EMS Library, 105 Deike. Scientists race to predict the fate of the global ocean and its amazing creatures. 44 mins

October 23, 2-3 p.m.: Presentation on virtual Shakespeare by Katherine Rowe, professor of English at Bryn Mawr College, Foster Auditorium. See story

October 23, 4:30 p.m.: The 2013 Promotion and Tenure reception will be held in the Humanities  Reading Room, 2nd floor, Pattee Library

October 23, 6 p.m.: “Queering Penn State History,” Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library. See story

October 23, 2:30 – 4 p.m.: Library Security: The Basics and Beyond, W140, Pattee Library. See story

October  30, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: “What Is College For?” presented by Andrew Delbanco ,  Foster Auditorium and mediasite live (http://live.libraries.psu.edu). Delbanco is  the Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. More

October 30, 12:15 p.m.: Rare Earths: The Dirty War (film), EMS Library, 105 Deike. Today, China holds over 90% of the world’s rare earth production and has started to restrict exports. Now, western countries are throwing themselves into a battle for the acquisition of alternative sources of rare earth. (52 min).

** Save the date! October 31: Halloween Party, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mann Assembly Room.** View the flyer for this event: Halloween Party Invite 2013(1)

Public relations legend, dedicated alumnus Larry Foster dies

Larry Foster, the Penn State alumnus who was named one of the top public relations professionals of the 20th century and who helped change the University’s approach to philanthropy, died Thursday, Oct. 17. He was 88.

Larry and Ellen Foster’s generous support endowed the Foster Librarian in Communications,
held by Debora Cheney, and enabled the creation of the Foster Auditorium.

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LionSearch update

Submitted by Binky Lush

The following content has been recently indexed in LionSearch:

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Journals (This includes the scholarly journals from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.)

Download the full listing of content available in Summon below:
Databases and packages
Serials titles

Please contact the Discovery and Access Working Team (DAWT) with your questions!

UCS (Zimbra) shortcuts

By Ryan Johnson, technology training coordinator

zimbra shortcutsMany of the functions and commands you use in UCS have keyboard shortcuts. To view shortcut keys, click on Preferences then Shortcuts.

more zimbra shortcuts

You can also view a list of shortcuts while working in your mailbox by pressing CTRL+Q at any time.

LHR News for October 21

Please join us in welcoming the following new hires:

10/21/2013 Rita Buhite – User Services Training Specialist, Access Services

Commons Services – Lucy Scott
Lee R. Glatfelter Library, PS York – Edrick Brown
Life Sciences – Kendall Roth
Robert E. Eiche Library, PS Altoona – Fatimah Banguva
Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarly Publishing – Krista Miller

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