eReserves Update

eReserves is a very convenient way for faculty to share readings with students, that are:

  • Chapters from books (the Library takes care of any copyright issues)
  • or journal articles that can’t be found through our databases.

Spoiler alert: There is a lot of clicking involved!

Tip: Use Firefox for best results. Chrome on a MAC also seems to work.

Step 1

  • Go to eReserves drop-down menu on the Library’s homepage
  • Select Course Pages.

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Step 2

  • Click Electronic Reserves & Reserves Pages.

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Step 3

  1. Click course pages by instructor
  2. From the pulldown menu select your instructor
  3. Hit Search.

Yes, the other tabs also work but most people find the instructor tab is the easiest.

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Step 4

  • Check to see that you have the right class, sometimes an instructor has more than one class listed
  • Click the Course Number hyperlink.

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Step 5

  1. Now type in the course page password. Your instructor should have emailed you the password. If you are experiencing any problems contact your instructor, alternatively ask reference librarians Peter or Grace.
  2. Select Accept.

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Step 6

  • Click on the article you would like to read.

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Step 7

Nearly there! Click the PDF icon. In this example it is “Child Life Assessment.”

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Step 8

Read and Enjoy!

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August Hours 2017

The Library is open at reduced hours for the month of  August (Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm). Please note that we are open normal hours for all of Summer Session 2.

There are three energy conservation days (August 18, 21, 25), and Labor Day weekend (Monday, September 4) when the Library is closed. Normal hours resume Tuesday, September 5.
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Create & Email a Booklist

With every new iteration of the Library’s catalog Koha, we find we have to re-learn simple tasks such as creating and emailing booklists. It was with surprise and delight that this time around creating and emailing a booklist was kind of easy. Just remember, it’s all about “logging in and the cart.” Here’s what you need to do.

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Start your booklist here

  1. Start your booklist here by typing in your topic
  2. Select the Find Books radio button
  3. Hit Go.
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Log in to your account

  1. Login to your account (see Log in link – top right-hand corner). This activates a pop-up box.
  2. Type in your 14 digit library barcode
  3. Type in your password (the default is changeme)
  4. Hit Sign in.
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Select and add books to your cart

  1. Now that you are logged in (you’ll see your first name in blue with an exclamation mark next to it).
  2. Select books by checking boxes next to titles
  3. As you select books you will see a corresponding number in the Selected tab go up
  4. Once you are done, add your selection to the cart (in this example there are five books).
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The cart is ready for the next step: Emailing!

  1. You are logged in, you’ve selected some titles, and added them to a cart. Now it’s time to check the cart has items in it (see the number 5 next to the cart icon). Onwards!
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Preparing your cart

  1. This may seem redundant but re-select the books you want to email to yourself and others (the checkmarks must be blue)
  2. Now, tap the email icon.
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Email the cart

  1. Type in the email address you would like the booklist to go to.
  2. Change the subject to something that is meaningful and will help you find the booklist at a later date.
  3. Now, all you have to do is hit send.
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Check Your Email

If click the blue hyperlinks above in your email (highlighted in yellow), you’ll be taken to the item’s catalog record. You can also see the call numbers – remember, all the numbers and letters are important for finding items in the stacks.

It sounds like a lot of work but once you have down it, your book list can live on forever, especially if you leave a copy in the cloud of your choice.

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NYC Pride in the Library

Every year in June the Library mounts it’s annual NYC Pride display, and this year is no different.

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As a way to keep things in one place the Library created a research guide devoted to LGBTQIA+ Resources. It includes:

  • books in print for children and adults
  • “must visit” websites and twitter feeds
  • help with navigating databases for more academic works.
  • links to articles and reports
  • a list of LGBTQIA+ terms.

LGBTQIA+ resources can be also be found in the following research guides:

Finally, we have a take-home pamphlet available from the reference desk.

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Hope to see you at NYC Pride 2017.

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14 Digit Library Barcode

What Numbers Do I Use?

We are really hoping to see “single sign-on” for everything at Bank Street, but until then, this is what you need to know. Once you have your ID card and get a 14 digit library issued barcode it’s all plain sailing 🙂

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  • Above is a typical ID card with a student’s ID number in the top left-hand corner.
  • Underneath the photo is the student’s full name

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  • When you bring your ID card to the circulation desk, staff will place a 14 digit barcode on the back.
  • The numbers printed on the card are only useful for faculty.

Databases from Home

When asked for your 14 digit library barcode enter the 14 digits on the barcode on the back of your ID card (3). If you have been given a cohort access code enter that.

Renew & Place Holds on Books

Your username is your 14 digit library barcode (3). The password is changeme.

eReserves

Your instructor will email you the password. Spoiler alert: there is a lot of clicking to do – keep at it and you’ll get there.

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your username is the first part of your Bank Street email address. Usually it is the first letter of your first name and your last name (i.e., everything before the @ mark of your bankstreet email address). In the example about Joanne Student’s username would be jstudent (2). The password is your student ID, in the example above it would be 654123 (1).


If you are faculty, your username is the first part of your Bank Street email address. Your password is the 5 or 6 digit found on the back of your ID card (4).


Parents and guests ask for a print access card.

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Something About the Author (SATA)

We have been collecting and cataloging Something About the Author (SATA) for years, in fact we have 305 volumes as of May, 2017. If you are doing an author or illustrator study this is the resource you should be consulting.

Where are they?

You’ve probably seen them and thought they were encyclopedias. They are housed along the south wall windows in the reference area.

 

How do they work?

Good question. Each volume has three sections:

  1. New entries on new authors, and updates on authors found in earlier volumes.
  2. An index of illustrators
  3. An index of authors

What does this mean?

Looking at an author index entry can be quite daunting at first. Here’s an example:

Kimmel, Eric A. 1946- ……………………. 304

Earlier sketches in SATA 13, 80, 125, 176, 208, 268

The main entry for Eric Kimmel is in volume 304, but there are also earlier entries in volumes 13, 80, 125, 176, 208, 268. Sometimes you may see the acronym CLR. It stands for Children’s Literature Review (a companion set to SATA, and yes we have that too).

What’s inside a typical entry?

It really depends on the author but the following sections are common:

  • Personal information
  • Addresses
  • Career
  • Memberships
  • Awards, Honors
  • Writings
  • Adaptations
  • Sidelights
  • Biographical and Critical Sources

How would I cite an SATA entry?

Here is the pattern for an entry in a reference work with no byline (i.e., there is no author or date for the entry).

Title of the work. (year). In A. Editor (Ed.),  Title of the reference work (xx ed., Vol. xx. pp. xxx-xxx). Location: Publisher

Kimmel, Eric A. 1946-. (2017). In L. Kumar (Ed.), Something about the author (Vol. 304, pp. 94-103). Farmington, MI: Gale.

The following in-text citation would be sufficient (Kimmel, Eric A., 2017).

Summing Up

Although, it might be quicker to find something online, we can guarantee that your instructor will be extremely happy you did something “old school” and consulted SATA.

 

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Loom

What is Loom?

Loom is a quick and easy way to make personal touch instructional videos.

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Look & Feel

It’s very easy to record and share with Loom

  1. The default option is to have your face in a circle in the left-hand corner of the screen (very comforting for online students – yes, you are a real person). If you choose you can opt for no image at all.
  2. There are a number of different ways to share your video – twitter, facebook, gmail and an embed code for web-pages.
  3. If you’ve viewed the screen-cast before, it’s possible to fast forward up to 3X to the important part.
  4. You can also see the video in full-screen mode.

You can be up and running with Loom in 30 minutes.

Integration with Chrome & Firefox

To use Loom add it as a firefox Add-ons, and as a Chrome extension – You can also allow it to embed into your Gmail.

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  1. You may not be able to see clearly but Loom appears as small gray flower, it becomes pink when it is active.
  2. It also appears inside Gmail where you can store screen-casts and reuse them again.

So, What Are the Downsides?

If you remember that Loom is an instructional product meant for showing and explaining how to do something right now  – there are no downsides. But videos are like snap chat – they “disappear” after seven days. However, if you get friends and co-workers to sign-up Loom can change that! At present it is not possible to annotate. Videos are limited to 10 minutes – but that’s a good thing 😀 Give Loom a try (and did I mention it’s free).

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