Orientation Re-cap

Business Communications II orientations took place two weeks ago.  B-Comm II orientation is mostly about the different database offerings at King’s College.  If you need a re-cap, or if it has been awhile since you took B-Comm II, here is a synopsis of what was covered.

 

All of the following can be found at www.kingslibrary.org behind the “search databases” login.

Britannica Online – An online encyclopedia useful for general information about a topic.

Britannica Image – Images that can be used in student projects/assignments.

Hoovers – Relevant business information about people, companies, and/or industries.

First Research – Industry information needed to successfully navigate the job search and interview process.

travel42 – Travel information including lengthy destination reports of cities, states, and countries.

LIRN (Library & Resources Information Network) – Numerous databases of articles from scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, etc.  Features database offerings from InfoTrac (Gale) and ProQuest, among others.

 

Don’t forget to check out your individual program area of the library website for even more resources.  Happy searching!

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To shush or Not to shush

Everybody has heard the same tired stereotype of a “shushing” librarian.  Believe me when I say I try very hard not to live up to that expectation.  So I want to be clear, this blog post is not about noise level, or even shushing, it is about respect.

Our library encompasses a very small physical space.  Additionally, we have a computer lab directly in the middle of it.  When you couple that with the daily classes we host in the library, the various and continuously ongoing group projects, and the number of students we serve, volume control is a constant balancing act.  The library staff works very hard to strike a balance between all our students’ needs.

But I don’t want to focus on noise control, because I don’t feel that is the real issue.  What is the focus and what we all need to work towards in our school community, is showing each other respect.  Whispering in the library is fine, but talking is not.  This is not an arbitrary rule that the library staff thought up one night, this is about showing respect for each other’s needs.  Because while today you may need to use the library for a group project, next week you may be studying for a test and need it to be as quiet as possible.  We fully support both of these activities; therefore we want everyone to think about how your actions affect those around you.

We encourage you to self-monitor your behavior in the library.  If you are unable to effectively do so, you will be given a verbal warning.  If the behavior continues, a second warning will be issued.  In the event a second warning does not achieve the desired effect, you will be asked to leave the library.  The library staff does not want to live up to the tired stereotype, but we will if required. 

I’m interested in student (and faculty) feedback – about this and anything else regarding the library.  Please feel free to post a comment.

Be in the know about flash drive use on campus

Based on the fifty (or more) questions the library staff has entertained in the past week, it sounds like there is still some confusion regarding the use of flash drives.  I’m hoping I can clarify the procedure for using flash drives on campus.

No, your flash drive is not malfunctioning, and no, the computer is not broken, either.  The issue is the permissions for student logins do not allow you to open a file directly from or save a file directly to a flash drive.  Instead, you need to copy the file from your flash drive to your U: drive or save a file to your U: drive and copy it to your flash drive – depending on what you are trying to accomplish.  This is made a little trickier by the use of a portal to access many of the programs, which is why you also can’t open a file directly from your U: drive and instead need to open the correct program before you can open your file.

I have written up the following instructions to outline the procedure.  I want to say a quick word about file management.  It is always a good idea to know where you are saving your files as you work on them, therefore, I thoroughly encourage you to employ “save as” rather than just the save button.  Be sure you pay attention to where you are saving the file – note the drive letter, folder, etc.  Please feel free to see us in the library for any help.

Using USB Flash Drives at King’s College

For security reasons, files cannot be opened directly from, or saved to, a USB flash drive.

To OPEN A FILE ON YOUR FLASH DRIVE, follow these steps:

Log on to the computer with your username and password

Insert the flash drive into the USB slot

Click on “My Computer” on the desktop (Windows XP) or “Computer” (Windows 7)

Double click on the removable drive

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 Slide this window to the right

 Open another “My Computer” or “Computer” window

 Double click on your U: drive

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 Slide this window to the left

 Your screen should now look something like this

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 Drag and drop the file on the removable disk (window on the right) onto the U: drive  (window on the left)

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 Now open your portal by double clicking the Internet Explorer icon and choose the  program you wish to use to open the file

 To save a file to a flash drive, reverse the process by first saving the file on your U: drive  and then dragging and dropping it on your removable disk.

 

New School Year = New Books!

Hooray for the beginning of the new school year!  We have some great new books in the library.  Please allow me to tell you about them.

The United States of Paranoia by Jesse Walker – Are you interested in conspiracy theories?  Do you wonder where these stories come from, and if there is any truth to them?  Mr. Walker takes the reader through an exploration of several conspiracy theories. He discusses where the conspiracies originated, how the stories changed over time, and what the stories mean even if they are found to be untrue. The book also includes detailed notes for each chapter and an index.

The End of the Suburbs: where the American dream is moving by Leigh Gallagher – While the claim that the era of the suburbs is indeed coming to an end is disputed, Gallagher does explain what effect the burst of the housing bubble has had on where we decide to live and the ways in which the “American Dream” has changed.

Fevered: why a hotter planet will hurt our healthand how we can save ourselves by Linda Marsa – In what is not your “typical” global warming book, Marsa addresses the toll a warmer planet takes on our health, a topic she feels has been largely overlooked.  Marsa also includes information about what we can do to prepare for an even warmer future planet.

We Are Anonymous: inside the hacker world of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency by Parmy Olson – If you want to learn more about the mysterious hacker group Anonymous, this is the book for you!

This is just a sample of new offerings King’s College Library has for you.  These titles, as well as other new library books, are available to be checked out.  Come take a look!

Be sure to check out our New Books board on Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/kingslibrary/new-books/

End of Term!

It is officially the end of the term!  I hope everyone learned something this summer.  I know I did! 

The library will be closed on Monday (Sept. 2) for Labor Day.  We are open 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 3).  Regular hours will resume on Wednesday (Sept. 4).

Enjoy the break.  When you return next Wednesday, a whole new crop of students will be on campus!  We hope to see you soon.

Do you have copyright questions? If so, you are not alone!

The library recently purchased a new book Copyright Questions and Answers for Information Professionals by Laura N. Gasaway.  The book is written in question and answer style, and is also indexed for easier searching.  In the short time I have been here, I have already had some copyright questions.  Copyright is something which we all have to navigate, and we all share the responsibility of being informed. 

One question that has come up repeatedly regards the use of YouTube videos in student classroom presentations.  According to Gasaway (2013), links to material open to all on the web, even deep links, are not a violation of copyright.  Therefore, including a hyperlink in a presentation, is likely not a copyright violation, especially if the presenter is clear that he/she is linking to a video online and not passing it off as his/her work.  If the presentation is being videotaped for wider distribution, then there are possible copyright concerns.  Using software to copy the video off the internet and imbed it in the presentation, however, is a copyright issue.

I find it interesting that since YouTube can often be the source of copyright questions, it can be the answer to copyright questions, as well.  YouTube has a clear language definition of copyright on its website – http://www.youtube.com/yt/copyright/what-is-copyright.html

Copyright is a complicated issue, but we can work together to answer any questions you may have.  Gasaway’s book is located in the library reference section.  See the library staff if you need help with this or any other library issue.  We look forward to helping you soon!

Current Library Display – Memoirs

Our current library display highlights the memoir.  Not just a biography, but also a narrative about the author’s life, a memoir can be fun to read.  Told from the author’s point-of-view, a memoir can give us additional insight into historical events or periods of time.  This month our display includes a wide variety of titles.  From Ice by actor and rapper Ice-T, to a stolen life by Jaycee Dugard, to A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls LaNier (one of the “Little Rock Nine”), we have tried to include something for everyone.  Check out a memoir today!