06 May 2010

Expanded Computing Locations for Reading Period/Finals

Need a computer during reading period and finals? Check out the following expanded locations and times below.

Library locations follow expanded library hours. :
  • Clapp Library (Reference Room) - PCs
  • Clapp PC Classroom - PCs
  • Knapp Center - PCs and Macs
  • Science Library - PCs and Macs
Science Center 24/7 locations:
  • MiniFocus - 4 PCs and laptop stations
  • E101 - available when no classes or review sessions are in there, Macs
  • 257 - available when no classes or review sessions are in there, Macs
Pendleton 24/7 locations:
  • Social Science Lab (3rd floor - 327/327A) - PCs
  • PNE 129 - open as a lab only for reading period and finals, PCs
  • PNE 130 - open as a lab only for reading period and finals, PCs

For information on wireless locations across campus, please go to: http://www.wellesley.edu/Computing/Wireless/index.html

05 May 2010

Library Hours: Reading Period

The Clapp, Art, Music, and Science libraries, along with the Knapp Media & Technology Center, will have extended hours during Reading Period.
  • Friday 5/7: 8:15am-9pm
  • Saturday 5/8: 10am-midnight
  • Sunday 5/9: 10am-midnight

For assistance during reading period, please stop by, call us at 781-283-2166/781-283-2097, or email AskUs.

08 April 2010

Congratulations 2010 Student Library Research Award Winners!

The Student Library Research Award Committee is extremely pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Student Library Research Award sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley College Library.

Lillian Wies '10 has won the 300 level award for her ARTH 341 paper: "The Political Narrative as Expressed through Northern Song Landscape Painting: An introduction to the topic by examining Guo Xi's Early Spring and Old Trees, Level Distance." Supporting faculty: Heping Liu

Joanna Concessao '13 has won the 100/200 level award for her POL1 200 paper: "The Government-Backed Bankruptcies of GM and Chrysler: A Case of Trusteeship Democracy in Action." Supporting faculty: Tom Burke

Rachel Doyle '13 has won the new First Year Award for her PSYC 101 paper: The Evaluation of Contradictory Studies and Concepts Regarding Sleep-Talking." Supporting faculty: Linda Carli

All the award recipients demonstrated excellent and diverse use of library resources which contributed to their ability to write a quality research paper.

Visit http://www.wellesley.edu/Library/Researchaward/index.html for information on submitting a paper for next year's award.

11 March 2010

Journal Cancellation Review 2010

We are reviewing the library's journal subscriptions in anticipation of a $200,000 (approximately 9%) budget reduction for FY11. This is the first systematic, across-the-board journal review that the library has undertaken since 2003. The review will include any materials or services for which we are billed on an annual basis: journals, magazines, newspapers, monographic series, abstracting and indexing services, reference resources, microfilm, and government documents.

We have attempted to minimize the impact of these cancellations by targeting journals we receive from multiple sources. These might include journal archives such as JSTOR or databases like Academic Search Complete. Maintaining balanced support for subject areas has also been considered in identifying titles, especially in the case of smaller or newer academic programs.

We have specifically targeted low use journals (fewer than 5 uses per year, averaged over three years) or those with a high cost-per-use (over $100 per use); for such titles, it is less costly for the library to meet patron needs through interlibrary loan. Exceptions have been made for journals supporting courses taught every 2 or 3 years for which there is no other online access; for titles lacking sufficient use data; for titles with high quality images that aren't available in other sources; and for those journals where the available use data is inconclusive.

In order to make the best choices that will meet our budget reduction requirements while preserving essential resources, we want to give all faculty members the opportunity to review the titles being considered for cancellation. The journal cancellation title list includes journals (both print and electronic) that were selected by the subject librarians responsible for each subject area. The list includes data on cost and cost-per-use (when available), and on the availability of alternative means of access to articles. There are fewer science titles on the list because these journals have been managed using the cost per use criteria for the past two years providing $65,000 in savings over two years.

We invite substantive comments that you have regarding the titles that have been identified for cancellation.

The faculty comment period is March 10 to April 2, 2010

Review the list of journals identified for cancellation here.

Please send your comments about specific titles to the library collections subject specialist for your department; for questions about the process or general comments contact Steve Smith.

09 March 2010

Register online for Thesis Toolkit workshops

If you're interested in attending any of the Thesis Toolkit research workshops, please go to the IS Training page to sign up for: Zotero Parts 1 & 2, Using Archives & Primary Sources, and Research Tools on the Web.

These sessions are designed for students who are -- or will be -- working on thesis projects, but if spaces are available, others may sign up, too.