Tuesday, August 10, 2010

8/10/10 -- Problems with Full Text in ATLA

As of yesterday, Monday, August 9, there have been problems with finding full text articles in the ATLA Religion Database. EBSCO recently released a new upgrade to their search interface, and evidently something has happened to the ability to limit searches to only full text articles, particularly in the ATLA Religion Database.

Until EBSCO can resolve this problem, please be aware that if you are using the ATLA Religion Database and want to find only full text articles, using the "Full Text" check box to limit your results to only full text will most likely cause you to retrieve only some of the full text articles.

The best way to ensure that you are finding all full text articles is to not use any limit on the search and then manually sort through the results.

I will post an update once EBSCO confirms that they have resolved this problem.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

8/3/10 -- Changes to I-Share, Part 1

I-Share connects the resources of 76 academic libraries in the state of Illinois. Thanks to I-Share, Northern Seminary students, staff, and faculty can access over 9 million library items either by requesting them online or by going to any I-Share library and checking out books directly from that library.

One of I-Share's strengths has been its flexibility. Cooperatively, the I-Share libraries agree to loan materials to each other; individually, each I-Share library is free to establish local policies that determine things like how long their own students can borrow a book.

Starting on Wednesday, August 4, there will be a significant change to how I-Share libraries will loan materials to each other. There will now be a single, unified policy to ensure that every I-Share library offers the same loan periods and policies to every other I-Share library. Those of you who have used I-Share in the past may have noticed that some I-Share libraries let you keep books longer than others. That will change; starting on August 4, every I-Share loan will be for 28 days with 3 renewals permitted.

Note that each school will still have the freedom to establish different policies for loaning materials to their own students. What will change is that I-Share loans -- loans from one I-Share library to a patron at another I-Share library -- will now all be a uniform 28 days. This new policy is meant to reduce confusion and ensure equitable loan arrangements between I-Share libraries.

This is the first of two changes. The next change to be implemented will affect how much libraries charge for overdue fines for I-Share loans and the kinds of fines that can block someone from using the I-Share system. Keep watching this blog or subscribe to blog postings to learn when I-Share Change, Part 2 will happen.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

7/29/10 Changes at the JKM Library in Chicago

For any Northern Seminary faculty or students who make use of the JKM Library in Chicago (which serves LSTC and McCormick), please be aware that there will be changes to their library that will extend into the foreseeable future.

The JKM Library will be CLOSED July 30 - August 15 while all library services are moved into temporary quarters on the other side of their building. While renovations to the facilities at LSTC last, there will not be public access to the books in the JKM Library collection. Requests for interlibrary loan materials from the JKM Library will take longer since their library staff will have to retrieve requested materials at scheduled times.

If you use the JKM Library, please follow their web site at http://www.jkmlibrary.org/ for regular updates.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

6/8/10 -- Mondays & Fridays Closed For Summer

In general, the library will not be open on Mondays and Fridays during the summer. The exceptions will be the weeks when summer courses are in session.

When there are no summer courses scheduled, the library's summer schedule will be:

      Tues - Thurs         2pm - 6pm
      Saturdays             2pm - 6pm

This will make for an irregular summer schedule, so please consult the library web site (http://www.seminary.edu/library) or call the library front desk (630-620-2104) to confirm the library hours.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

6/5/10 -- Library hours week of June 7

We will have extended hours during the week of June 7 due to the DMin course that is meeting:

     Mon - Thurs         8:30am - 8:00pm
     Fri, 6/11                 8:30am - 4:00pm
     Sat - Sun               CLOSED

Friday, May 28, 2010

5/28/10 -- Memorial Day & Finals Week

Library hours will be slightly different for the week of May 31:

   Mon, 5/31       2pm - 6pm
   Tues, 6/1         10am - 11:30am; 1pm - 10pm
          (Closed during final chapel & campus BBQ)
   Weds, 6/2       2pm - 6pm
   Thurs, 6/3      10am - 10pm
   Fri, 6/4            2pm - 6pm
   Sat, 6/5           CLOSED for Commencement
   Sun, 6/6          CLOSED

The library will reopen on Monday, June 7 at 8:30am.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

3/29/10 -- Holy Week Hours

The library will be closed Good Friday - Easter Sunday:

     Mon - Tues          10am - 10pm
     Weds, 3/31          2pm - 6pm
     Thurs, 4/1           10am - 10pm
     Fri - Sun               CLOSED

The library will reopen at 10am on Monday, April 5.