Pilot Policy starting Sunday, April 19 Group Study Rooms: 8-hr Time Limit During Finals

Pilot Policy starting Sunday, April 19  Group Study Rooms:  8-hr Time Limit During Finals Group Study Room Pilot Project

To the Setonian:  Library Pilot for Spring ’15:  Time Limits on Group Study Rooms During the 24/7 Period

We have had many complaints from students about Group Study Rooms being monopolized during Finals for 24, 36 or even 48 hours straight.  We are aware that some students did not want these kinds of rules, but we are receiving more and more complaints each semester.  So we are piloting this policy for this semester to try and set time limits on the use of Group Study Rooms during Finals, with fines in place for going over time.  This pilot of a new policy would ensure a turnover of the rooms so that more students have access to them, and we want to try it this semester.   We put a survey explaining/asking about this on the Libraries’ website for over a week before Spring Break, and we had around 300 responses:  roughly 55% supported the idea and 45% didn’t support it.  However, some of the angriest comments were from the “no” group, and we’ve adjusted the time periods and fines in response to those comments.   We’re now reaching out to the Setonian to let the students know the pilot policy:

Two students must present their IDs to obtain a room key, which will have two barcodes (one to link to each ID – that way the time keeping is very easy) to check out the key to both of them.  There will be a 8-hour time limit on use of the room during Finals.  After 8 hours, both students must return the key, or each will be required to pay a fine of $3.00 per ¼ hour (15 minutes).  There will be a $3.00 fine per person per each 15 minutes late – we’ll give a small grace period of 10 minutes if it is turned in a little late.  (We’ll also give them a note saying what time the keys are due back when they check the key out, and that there are no renewals unless no one is on the waiting list for the room.)  In this way, the room can be freed up for the next group of students who requested it, and more students will have access to the Group Study Rooms during a period of very high demand and heavy use.  The next group will have no more than 8 hours to use it.  A simple sign-up sheet will be used to reserve the next available room:  students must show their SHU IDs and then can provide us with two phone numbers to text, or two e-mails to notify them of room availability.  If they don’t show up to claim their room in 15 minutes, it will go to the next two people who signed up.

Please note that our goal is not to collect more fine monies.  The goal is to distribute the rooms more widely for more students to use them during finals.  We begin staying open 24/7 on April 19th – we wanted to reach out to the Setonian to inform students, but we’ll also put a couple of posters up in the entrance to the Library at the end of this week, a notice on our website, and the same information on our flat screen with our hours in the main reading room.  Students will have plenty of notification that we’re piloting this policy – and that, by a 10 point margin in the survey they voted for it!  There is one more piece of good news:  we are making three more Group Study Rooms available in time for Finals – that’s six more rooms given over to the students in the last 2.5 years.



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SHU now subscribes to SCOPUS, the largest abstract and indexing database of peer-reviewed literature featuring smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Come and join us for a live demonstration of SCOPUS and Q & A session on FRIDAY MARCH 6TH, 2015 in the Beck Rooms

Bring your laptop so that you can try SCOPUS features for yourself and see what it can do for your research needs. There will be 2 sessions, so please sign up for one or both and enjoy A DELICIOUS LUNCH and great conversation between sessions.

  1. Session I:   11.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
  2. Session II: 1.00 – 2.00 p.m.

All SHU Faculty, Administrators and Graduate students are cordially invited to attend.

Please RSVP to Lisa Rose-Wiles, Lisa.Rose-Wiles@shu.edu

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New Databases for Spring

Enhance your research this semester with the following new databases:

Early American Newspapers, Series I (1690-1876)
First World War: Personal Experiences
IOP Science
Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954
JSTOR / Religion & Theology
Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online (MEMSO)
Statistical Abstracts

Visit us at http://library.shu.edu/databases.

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Research starters

Check out a new feature of the library’s SHUsearch.  “Research Starters” give a brief overview of many broad topics.  This can be very useful for student research papers. Try typing Global Warming in the search box on the library home page.

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Library news for December 23, 2014 – January 5, 2015

The Library’s interlibrary loans services, which consist of ILLiad, RapidILL, and EZ-Borrow, will be unavailable between December 23, 2014 – January 5, 2015.

Please note that the Library will be closed from December 24 until January 5.

On Saturday January 3, 2015, the Library will be undergoing a scheduled technology upgrade.  During this upgrade, certain online search features will not be available for approximately 15 hours.

The following search features will be available to users on that day:



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Reminder: Pharmaceutical Substances Database Trial

The University Libraries remind you that the trial to this database will be ending soon, so if this is of interest to you and you have not yet had time to explore it, please check it out at this link and give us your feedback.

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Annoucing the arrival of SCOPUS

The university libraries are delighted to announce that we now have a subscription to SCOPUS.   You can find it  from the library home page  Database A-Z & By Subject Lists

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world’s research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Training and support videos for SCOPUS can be found here


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New Science Journals Package

We are delighted to announce that we have just acquired IOPScience, a package of over 70 current journals from the Institute of Physics and its publishing partners.  These are primarily Physics journals, but some should be of interest to chemists, mathematicians and environmental scientists.

Take a look at IOPScience and see what you think.

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Pharmaceutical Substances Database Trial

We have a trial in place for a new produce, Pharmaceutical Substances (provided by Thieme). Here is an overview and Here is a flyer describing it and providing guidance on searching the database.

Pharmaceutical Substances can be accessed from the library database trials page, or this direct link.

Although this is chemistry-oriented, any of you who work in the area of pharmaceuticals may find it useful.

Please do take a look and let me know if you would be interested in having the library purchase a subscription.

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ebrary books featured in ProQuest database search results.

In a recent enhancement to ProQuest’s platform, eBooks from ebrary are now included in ProQuest database search results.

If you search any ProQuest database, including ProQuest Central, you will see a tab marked “ebrary books” next to your total search results.

You can also search for eBooks right in the recently updated  ebrary database.

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