Today, Boyce Centennial Library is releasing the Primo Discovery System for library patrons. Primo is a one-stop solution for discovering and accessing local and remote resources, such as books, journal articles, and digital media. Primo exposes patrons to the richness of the collection of Boyce Library while providing a simple, streamlined interface for an optimal research experience.
Primo is now the default search engine on the library homepage. If you notice above, a streamlined search interface has been implemented with links to advanced search options and remote database searching.
We are releasing our implementation of Primo today as a beta, knowing that we still have some minor issues to correct. In the days to come, we will be releasing some screencasts, demonstrating Primo and showing how to get the most benefit from it.
One area we intend to correct very quickly is Interlibrary Loan functionality. For now, Primo does not perform ILL requests. If you need to request an item through ILL, use the WorldCat Local interface. We expect to have this resolved with Primo in the next few days.
We think you will find Primo to be a superior research tool. Check this blog regularly over the coming weeks for more information as well as short training videos that will help you get the most from our library collection.
SBTS students have been able to access electronic copies of recent SBTS dissertations through the UMI Dissertation Search for several years. Now, students can search for open access dissertations from other institutions using two different search tools that access the same database.
The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations Scirus ETD Search is a search utility that assists researchers in finding open access electronic theses and dissertations. This search utility accesses the same data as the VTLS Visualizer search described below, but it provides a different interface that helps researchers narrow their searches by subject.
The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations VTLS Visualizer ETD Search is a search utility that assists researchers in finding open access electronic theses and dissertations. This search utility accesses the same data as the Scirus search described above, but it provides a different interface that helps researchers narrow their searches by language, continent, country, date, format, and source institution.
We hope you find both of these search tools helpful. You can find links to these and other dissertation tools on our Dissertations and Research Projects Databases page.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our recent library computer survey. We have received and compiled all the feedback and will be making changes as appropriate to help improve your library computing experience. In response to survey results, we have already made some changes:
Many of you requested more available IT support staff. For those who don’t know, Matt Pierce is available in the afternoons Monday-Friday to answer your questions and help troubleshoot problems in the lab. His office is located in the printer area on the second floor. If you can’t find Matt or he’s not here, feel free to ask the circulation staff for help. If they can’t help, they will find someone who can.
Many of you also requested better wireless coverage in the library. We are taking steps to improve coverage. Perhaps you’ve seen the blue network cables hanging from the ceiling by the PhD offices on the third floor. These are future locations of more wireless access points. We hope by the Fall semester to have every inch of the library covered with a strong, consistent wireless signal. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we acquire and install the necessary hardware.
Several of you commented about the price of printing in the library. According to our survey, 36% of people who print in the library pay with cash. Let me encourage you to use your Shield Card to pay for printing as that will immediately reduce costs. You can add money to your Shield Card at 5th & Broadway, on the main floor in the library, or online with a credit card. Printing is a service that 5th & Broadway provides within the library for your convenience. Comments or questions about pricing should be directed to 5th & Broadway.
Again, we appreciate all the feedback we received throughout March as you completed our survey. We hope you are rewarded for your participation by a better library computing experience as we respond to your comments and concerns. If you have any other feedback, be sure to let us know.« Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Next »