Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Interlibrary Loan Saves the Day!

Getting Material From Other Libraries

The week before Spring Break a student came to the reference desk looking for a book that she discovered while reading material for her research paper.  She asked if the BSC Library had the book listed on the bibliography at the end of the article.

We checked the BSC Catalog and found that we didn’t own it.  The student was pretty disappointed.  The story could have ended there.  The student could have just said “Oh, well, I’ll find something else” but instead, there was a happy ending. 

Because she came to the reference desk the librarian was able to tell her that she could request the book through Interlibrary Loan.  When the student returned from Spring Break, she checked her email and discovered that the book was waiting for her at the Circulation Desk.

Interlibrary Loan is a service that allows the Library to borrow material from other libraries for our students and faculty.  There is no charge and materials usually arrive in about a week. 

There are several ways to request materials through Interlibrary Loan, the easiest of which are:  
  • Fill out the Interlibrary Loan form on the Library web page found in “Request Forms”; or,
  • Fill out the request forms while searching in Discovery or other databasesHere's an example:

Be sure to talk to the Library staff if you have any questions about Interlibrary Loan.  We are always happy to help.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Spring Break Hours

Spring break is upon us, and the library will have shortened hours:

Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20: CLOSED
Monday-Thursday, March 21-24: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday-Sunday, March 25-27: CLOSED (Easter weekend)

We will resume our regular spring schedule (which can be found here) on Monday, March 28.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Movie suggestions needed!

It's that time of year again! The library needs your suggestions for our SGA Movie Collection! If it's a recent movie that has just hit the shelves, or something older and more obscure that you're sad we don't already have, or anything in between, we want to know about it. We've placed our Suggestion Box at the Circulation Desk, so please drop by to toss in your ideas, or send them to us at libcirc@bsc.edu.

A HUGE thank you to SGA for providing the funds to expand our collection!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

New Database Trials in the BSC Library

The Library is providing access to several databases on a trial basis through the end of March, via our Database Trials page!

Several of these databases provide access to primary source documents and archival material, including:

  • American Fiction, 1774-1920 (from Gale)
  • Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture, 1790-1920 (from Gale)
  • Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity (from Gale)
  • Declassified Documents Reference System (from Gale)
  • Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library (1475-1900) (from Gale)
  • African American Communities Database (from Adam Matthew)
  • AM Explorer: Americana (from Adam Matthew)
  • Popular Medicine in American, 1800-1900 (from Adam Matthew)
We also have trial access to Data-Planet Statistical Datasets, which provides access to an extensive repository of statistical data and allows users to search and manipulate the data in multiple ways.

For more information and to access these trials, visit the BSC Database Trials page at http://library.bsc.edu/databasetrials.html (access is restricted to the BSC community and you will be prompted to log in with your BSC credentials from off campus).  The Library welcomes your feedback!