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ThE UGLY SWEATER CONTEST                                                                                                                                              SOCIAL SOFTWARE TEChNOLOGY
by MarGaret brown-Salazar
                                                                                                                                                                      USER GROUP STRIKES AGAIN!
                                                                                                                                                                      by Sharon raDcliff
What do librarians do on dreary december days once all the students
have left on holiday? Why, we consider all things academic! This year
we pondered the sweater; more precisely, the academic nature of the                                                                                                   Last November, the Social Software Technol-                                munication with faculty and staff (and each
sweater; and then of course, the aesthetics of the sweaters we personally                                                                                             ogy User Group (SSTUG) put on a well-attended,                             other) when the topic was very important,
own. We readily acknowledged that some sweaters we received as gifts or
bought on an impulse were rather hideous. Quite naturally all this talk led
                                                                                                                                                                      successful roundtable event: “Talk To Me: Fa-
                                                                                                                                                                      cilitating Communication at SMC.” This event
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  preferring cell phones, e-mail, and text and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    instant messaging for less important and                                                                                             Spring 2008
to a party and our competitive nature made the party a contest: the Ugly                                                                                              was organized by SSTUG members, Brother                                         more logistical communications. E-mail
Sweater Contest!                                                                                                                                                      Richard Lemberg, Carl Thelen, Sharon                                             was not a popular form of special com-

     The Library hosted its first ever Ugly Sweater Competition on Feb-                                                                                               Radcliff, Rae Peralta and Rita Pearson. It                                       munications among students, but is still
ruary 13. We had a group of about 30 students and staff who wandered                                                                                                  was co-sponsored by CaTS and Frances                                             used by many for formal communication
in and out over the afternoon, including ten contestants who entered                                                                                                  Sweeney, Vice Provost for Undergrad-                                             with faculty when in-person communica-
                                                                                                                                                                      uate Academics. At this event, stu-                                              tion was impossible. Cell phones were

the competition. It was an afternoon of sipping hot cocoa, nibbling on
snacks, and enjoying a peek at The Hockey Sweater, a film clip. All who                                                                                               dents, faculty and staff explored all                                            used by staff and faculty to conduct busi-
stopped by received a handwoven bookmark made by Rita Kindle, our                                                                                                     the various ways we communicate                                                  ness, but generally not preferred by stu-
acquisitions manager.                                                                                                                                                 on and off campus for both educa-                                                dents except in more social situations!
     The competition was stiff with Alyssa Schroeder in an odd green                                                                                                  tional and social purposes. Various                                              Few students confessed to even having
sweater with a farm scene front panel and Gracie Bone appearing in a                                                                                                  ways of communicating using tech-                                                 landlines (at home) though many, but
                                                                                                                                                                      nology were demonstrated includ-                                                  not all, staff and faculty still had these.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       GETS A
lamé-accented treasure from the 80s. All the entries were suitably amus-
                                                                                                                                                                      ing Skype, IM, video conferencing,                                                For more details about the roundtable         Over Jan Term and into the spring se-
ing and some were quite amazing! Each competitor was photographed;
                                                                                                                                                                      Blackboard’s discussion module and                                                event or about SSTUG check out our            mester, the Wildenradt Theater was remod-
the photos were uploaded to the web and 190 members of the SMC com-
                                                                                                                                                                      Google Groups. Students discussed                                                 web page at: http://library.stmarys-ca.       eled to make it a more effective teaching
munity voted (190 votes!) in our winner.

                                                                                                                                                                      their preference for in-person com-                                               edu/research/sstug/                           and learning space.
     Congratulations go to Cathy Kellogg, who dusted off a red and white
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            While still popular with professors for
granny square sweater that her mother had made and won the grand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      film and video showings, the primary use of
prize, a $50 gift certificate to the SMC Bookstore.

                                                                                                                                                  anthony hernanDez
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Wildenradt today is as a smart classroom

     Many thanks to those who attended and made this event so much

                                                                                                                                                                                    @ SMCL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to teach information literacy. With CaTS as-
fun, and to the entire Library staff who helped make our event a success!                                                                                                                           SAINT        MARY’S       COLLEGE          LIBRARY                                                sistance the Library has equipped the room
A special thanks to Rachel Salazar (SMC Athletic Trainers Office) for bring-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      with a smart board and laptop computers
ing this great party idea back from the East Coast!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      which allow hands-on learning about infor-       By Tom Carter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mation literacy skills. However, with the in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      creasing demand for information literacy

LIBRARY INSTRUCTION                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   instruction, and the adoption of more effec-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tive active teaching techniques by the librar-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ians,the room proved inadequate for the de-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Spring 2008                                                                                       mands placed upon it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The remodeling work involved enlarg-
by Sue birkenSeer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ing the size of the room by removing an un-
                                                                                                                                                                                    Editor          Saint Mary’s College of California Library Services                                               used projection booth (along with the as-
Library instruction is an important com- answer questions and offer guidance.                     faculty become aware that new resources are                                 Tom Carter            P.O. Box 4290, Moraga, CA 94575                                                                   bestos used in its construction) and adding
ponent of the professional life of SMC’s librar-     Most years, fall semester is the quietest available for students, curricula are updated,                                                                                                                                                         power and lights, new paint, and carpeting.
ians. Faculty bring students into one of the two time for library instruction. Yet fall 2007, 100 and new educational goals are established.                            Assistant Editors           P: (925) 631-4229   W: library.                                                    Librarians can now handle larger classes
teaching classrooms in the Library and, focus- library sessions were assigned and completed.           This spring promises to be no less busy,                                                                                                                                                       and have the room to complete the trans-
                                                                                                                                                                               Rita Kindle
ing on research work                                                                                            with each of the 25 sections of                                                                                                                                                       formation into a smart classroom by add-
                                                                                                                                                                           Georgia Miller
that the students are     Despite fall traditionally being a quieter semester, fall 2007 saw                                English 005 (Fresh-                                                                                                                                                       ing a more flexible furniture configuration
assigned, librarians                                                                                                        man Argument and                                   Sarah Vital                                                                                                            and more laptops. Faculty can still reserve
teach how to analyze search
                                           100 library sessions completed, with classes representing all                    Research) sched-                                                                                                                                                          the room for film showings using the digital
topics; find research books,        the different academic departments of campus.                                           uled to come in for                                                                                                                                                       projector and computer console.Thanks to
articles and other materials;                                                                      a session on introductory research. Adding                                                                                                                                                         Frances Sweeney, Vice Provost for Under-
evaluate and assess their information; and These sessions included all the different de- these sessions to those scheduled for various                                                                                                                                                                graduate Academics, for the funding to
cite references. Often the instruction includes partments on campus, in SOE, SEBA, SOLA, and other classes throughout the College’s dif-                                                                                                                                                              complete the project and to Gary Busbee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Gabi Diaz
some hands-on opportunities for students with SOS. It is perhaps not surprising that the sta- ferent departments, the Library braces for a                                                                                                                                                            and his Physical Plant crew for coordinat-
their faculty member and librarian present to tistics on library sessions continue to grow as record-breaking spring.                                                                                                                                                                                 ing and assisting on the project.
AlBeRT ENhANCEMENTS:                                                      COURSE RESERVE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           LIBRARY LINKS
A NEW LOOK IS COMING!                                                     MATERIALS NOW ONLINE                                                    SiXth annual Scholar’S recePtion
by Sue birkenSeer                                                         by alle Porter                                                          by Sarah vital                                                                                                                                                                                                   COMING SOON TO YOUR
Subtle but significant changes have come to the Li-
brary’s online catalog, Albert. Now, when searching by key-
                                                                          Last fall the Library introduced an electronic reserves col-
                                                                          lection known as ERes. ERes is an extension of the tradi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   BlACkBoARd COURSE!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   by Sharon raDcliff
word, there is a spell check feature! If a word is spelled                tional reserves collection and provides students with 24/7
incorrectly, there is a “did you mean?” prompt with a sug-                online access to course-related materials. There are no over-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Many new Blackboard courses this se-                department faculty. This default course will
gested word to continue the search. This is very useful,                  due fees, no due dates, and no waiting for materials to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   mester will see an additional link in the de-       be customized according to faculty prefer-
as often a word can be typed incorrectly without it being                 returned. Since its implementation, ERes has provided 62
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   fault menu bar to the Library home page.            ence and will include appropriate links to
noticed, or often it is difficult to know how to spell cer-               classes with online access to course reserves, and the collec-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   In fall 2008, this link will appear in all Black-   Library resources, as chosen by the faculty
tain words. Give this new feature a try, but remember that                tion keeps on growing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   board courses! This link will encourage stu-        and subject Librarian. Librarians and facul-
only keyword searches work with spell check. Another                           Now in its second semester, ERes continues to surprise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   dents to explore the many resources and             ty have a long history of collaborating in the
new search capability is to search for Electronic Reserves                students as they discover that a book chapter, article, answer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   services the Library has to offer and will be       use of Blackboard, especially in the English
(ERes), making Albert a one-stop place for students to find               key, or formula that was placed on reserve for their class can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   customizable by department or by course.            Composition courses, various courses in
all materials added to Reserves for their class, “regardless              be accessed from their computers at home using Abode Read-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   In addition, Professor Ed Tywoniak is head-         the School of Business and Economics, and
of the format.”                                                           er. Faculty continue to be surprised as well when they learn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ing up a group of CaTS and Library staff            more recently in the School of Education,
     There are also significant changes being made in how Al-             that ERes is easily linked to from the Library’s website, and it’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   including Carl Thelen, Rae Peralta, Carmel          where librarian Margaret Brown-Salazar
bert looks, including the addition of images of book jackets,             also available through Blackboard, the college’s web course
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Crane, Sharon Radcliff and Alle Porter. This        has led Blackboard discussions on research
“tag clouds,” tables of contents, and even changes in how the             management system. The Library is currently working to link
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   group is planning a series of demonstrations        strategies and offered customized library
pages physically appear. A more modern tabbed display with                ERes to Albert, the online catalog, for direct access to elec-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   for each academic department to begin cre-          links within courses. We expect this new
an easier to use “sort” features will be immediately obvious.             tronic reserves.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ating a Blackboard template course for fac-         wave of Blackboard library links to encour-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Gorby SoMethi
Finding suggested readings and other related books will also                   Faculty can place items on reserve by visiting the Li-
                                                                                                                                                  On February 22, 2008, the Library was pleased to play host to the Sixth Annual Scholar’s Reception, celebrating the scholarly contribu-                                                                          ulty to post their syllabi and communicate          age and expand these collaborative efforts
be a new feature, as well as easy links to other editions of the          brary’s circulation desk, or by submitting a form online at
                                                                                                                                                  tions of the College’s faculty. Many from around the College joined to together to share their most recent scholarly endeavors, celebrate                                                                        with department colleagues. In addition, a          between the Library, CaTS instructional
same work. These changes promise enhancement and enrich-                  the Library’s website. Click on Course Reserves to access this
                                                                                                                                                  the numerous accomplishments of their colleagues, and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres.                                                                                                                             course will be set up to serve as the default       technology experts, and faculty to the ben-
ment of Albert, moving the library catalog far from the old               form. For more information, please visit the Library’s website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   for all new courses set up in Blackboard by         efit of students!
“card catalog” and making it even more useful.                            or contact Alle Porter at 925-631-8033.

                                                                                                                                               dATABASE ShOWCASE
                                                                                                                                               by linDa wobbe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             summary of New proDucTs aND DaTabase chaNges for 2007-08
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            New TiTles:                                         • Mergent Bond Viewer (July 10, 2007)                           october 15, 2007)                                 DaTabase showcases
                                                                                                                                               Since 2004, the Library has nearly doubled          Accompanying the richness of an im-

                                               AN N O U N C E M E N T S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • American Chemical Society ACS Web Jour-           • Morningstar stock and mutual fund analy-                   • ERIC (to cSa interface July 30, 2007)
                                                                                                                                               the number of available databases, add-        proved collection of electronic resources                                                                                                                                                                           The Library is hosting a series of opportu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              nals (January 25, 2008)                             sis (auGuSt 30, 2007)                                      • World News Digest and World Almanac
                                                                                                                                               ing nearly 50 new databases for a total of     is the pain of learning the mechanics and                                                                                                                                                                           nities to meet the Library’s new and recon-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Biological Abstracts (replacing Biological        • Philosopher’s Index (DeceMber 1, 2007)                       (new interface february, 2008)
                                                                                                                                               over 100. This growth has strengthened         understanding the content of each. dis-                                                                                                                                                                             figured databases.
                                                                                                                                                                                              covering the best tool to use is no lon-        and Agricultural Index Plus (noveMber 29,         • ScienceDirect College Edition, Life and health             • Gale Virtual Reference Library (new interface
                                                                                                                                               the Library’s ability to support student and
                                               LIBRARY EXTENdS hOURS                                                                           faculty research, with new full-text journal   ger a choice among a few. Even long-held        2007)                                               Sciences (January 1, 2008)                                   DeceMber 28, 2007)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Contact Linda Wobbe x4232 lwobbe@
                                                                                                                                               content and primary bibliographic indexing     titles such as Lexis/Nexis and Expanded       • Blackwell Reference Online: Anthropology,         • Shakespeare Survey Online (noveMber 1, 2007)               • Historical Abstracts (to ebSco interface no-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         for more information.
                                               In fall 2006, the sophomore class surveyed their fellow students about                                                                                                                                                                           • Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage (DeceMber 1,                   veMber 1, 2007)
                                                                                                                                               reaching nearly all disciplinary fields, and   Academic have dramatically altered their        Sociology and Psychology Collections,
                                               Library services. Of the 467 responses received, nearly all of which were                                                                                                                                                                          2007)                                                      • Literature Resource Center (new interface Janu-
                                                                                                                                               an online reference portal featuring repu-     appearance for Fall 2007. The Library           and International Encyclopedia of Com-
                                               from undergraduates, two-thirds said they would like the Library to stay open
                                                                                                                                               table encyclopedias and data sources. With     hosted several database Showcase work-          munication (SPrinG 2008)                          • ValueLine upgrade to Research Center                          ary 18, 2008)
                                               later. In response to this survey, and with additional support from the College
                                                                                                                                               24-hour availability from any internet-con-    shops in both the fall and spring semes-      • Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database        plus Archives (february 2008)                              • Lexis/Nexis Academic (venDor interface chanGe
                                               in terms of staffing, the Library is now open one hour later Sunday through
                                                                                                                                               nected computer, the College community         ters to introduce new products to the                                                             • WorldCat (July 1, 2007)                                       June 22, 2007)
                                               Friday. The new hours are:                                                                                                                                                                     (January 1, 2008)
                                                                                                                                               has access to scholarly resources whenever     campus community. Watch for announce-                                                                                                                          • Medline (to PubMeD october 4, 2007)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Euromonitor Global Market Information Database
                                                                   Sunday 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.                                                     their schedules allow.                         ments of new databases on the Library’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (SePteMber 19, 2007)                                                                                           • PsycArticles (venDor interface chanGe SePteM-
                                                                                                                                                   The new databases are a direct result      homepage, and in the Campus Bulletin.                                                             iNTerface chaNges:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Gale Directory Library (auGuSt 27, 2007):                                                                         ber 17, 2007)
                                                                   Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.                                          of the College’s 10-year plan to enhance Li-       Find the Library’s databases listed in                                                        • America, History and Life (to ebSco interface              • PsycInfo (to aPa interface auGuSt 29, 2007)
                                                                                                                                               brary resources and staffing. Currently in     the Library’s catalog, Albert, and on the       Ward’s Business Directory, Encyclopedia of As-
                                                                   Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                         noveMber 1, 2007)                                          • Social Science Citation Index (new interface
                                                                                                                                               year 3 of this plan, $65,000 was included in   Library’s Articles & databases page. Re-        sociations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Anthropology Plus (to oclc firStSearch in-                    January 2008)
                                                                   Saturday hours remain the same at 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.                          the 2007-08 Library materials budget, with     search/By Subject pages help organize the     • JSTOR Arts and Sciences II and IV (noveMber 28,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  terface october 18, 2007)
                                                                                                                                               almost $25,000 expended for new elec-          databases by the programs.                      2007)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • ATLA and ATLA-Serials (to ebSco interface
                                                                                                                                               tronic resources.

                                                                                                                                           Saint Mary’s College Library • Spring 08 Newsletter

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