September 08, 2005
President Hundert Checks Out New KSL Service
Yesterday the Kelvin Smith Library unveiled its newest service, a self-check-out machine, made by the 3-M Company, which enables library users to check out regular circulating materials without waiting in line at the main service desk. It will also be available 24/7, so you'll be able to check out circulating materials (but not reserve or OhioLINK books) during the overnight hours when library staff are not present. The library has been wanting one of these machines for years, and it was this year funded by the Provost's office. We thank Dr. Anderson for his support in providing this new service.
President Hundert was in the library this afternoon and was one of the first to try out the new machine. Karen Oye, Head of Customer Service, helped him the first time. Vice Provost Kathryn Karipides was the interested onlooker.
Ask at the KSL main service desk for more information.
(Note: This blog entry was originally posted with the title "President Hundert Checks Out." It was pointed out to me that some might be confused by this humorous play on library jargon. I regret any confusion that might have been caused. The entries in this blog, while all related to KSL and Case, do not necessarily represent any official viewpoint of the Kelvin Smith Library or the university. They reflect a personal spin on factual information about the library and its services.)
May 16, 2005
What? No books?
Saturday's New York Times featured an article about the trend in libraries to devote space and staff energy to a variety of technological services that were previously either unavailable in libraries or relegated to "computer labs" that provided the hardware and software but not much in the way of service.
Libraries have discovered the need to assist students and faculty in the teaching process and the use of technology in their research and learning. Libraries are becoming places for students, faculty and staff to collaborate in the teaching and learning process.
Kelvin Smith Library has been in the planning of such innovative services for more than a year now, and the Freedman multimedia center in KSL will soon open as the first phase of a larger "information commons" plan for KSL that will fully integrate librarians, technology staff, and instructional technology staff into a much more unified whole. The information commons (which will include a greatly re-vamped circulation and reference service desk) will be phased in over the next several years as funding becomes available to make the numerous physical changes that are required.
Stay tuned for much more information about these important new services.
P.S. For those our there in Readerland who fear they have become Luddites: do not be afraid. Books and printed journals are not going away from Kelvin Smith Library anytime in the far foreseeable future.
March 17, 2005
RSS Feeds Coming from KSL
The Technology Team of Kelvin Smith Library is in the midst of preparing several RSS feeds from content on the KSL web site. The first feeds will likely be the news and highlights that appear on the library's home page. Other feeds in the future will include current acquisitions lists (books and video lists are contemplated at the moment; others may come in the future.)
There is no firm release date for this new feature, but soon you'll be able to get the news from KSL without having to go to our web site. We have more features to come. Watch this space.