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Featured resource: mobile apps from the Library of Congress

June 6, 2014

Government Information presents its newest featured resource: Mobile Apps from the Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress has been working on crafting a series of mobile apps for the past few years and this site represents the fruit of their labors. On this site, interested parties can look over five different apps, including the Congressional Record, Virtual Tour, and Aesop for Children.

This first app provides iPhone or iPad users with the daily edition of the Congressional Record, complete with a search engine and the ability to share documents with others. Virtual Tour allows visitors to wander through a selection of exhibits from this august repository, along with links to fact sheets about the Library's holdings. Finally, the Aesop for Children app is a great illustrated and interactive book for children of all ages.

Biological Sciences Library moves to the Natural Sciences Resource Center in Dimond Library

May 29, 2014

The Biological Sciences Library is being integrated into the Dimond Library, creating the foundation for the new Natural Sciences Resource Center. The Center will be located on Level 2 of Dimond Library in the area which was formerly the Current Periodicals Room. The Biological Sciences Library will close its doors on May 30 to prepare for the move to Dimond Library.

Once the Biological Sciences Library is closed, items housed there can be requested through the online library catalog; staff will make daily trips to Kendall Hall to bring back requested items. These items will be retrieved twice daily, Monday-Friday, and will be available for pickup at 11:00am and 3:00pm at the Dimond Library Circulation Desk.

Once the collection has been moved into the Dimond Library in early July, users will be able to browse the collection once again.

The new Natural Sciences Resource Center will offer improved services, increased hours, and more staff availability. Reference services and assistance will be available on-site, by phone, and via email, as well as in-depth research consultations and instructional sessions upon request.

Questions can be directed to Val Harper, Project Manager.

Problems with off-campus library access when using the new UNH VPN

May 23, 2014

The University is implementing a new VPN (virtual private network) service called Connect VPN. While this VPN service is easy to use, it is currently incompatible with our system of authenticating users for off-campus access to our electronic resources and some services.

The Library IT team is working with UNH IT to come up with a solution to this issue. In the meantime, we suggest one of the two following methods for successfully accessing the Library’s electronic resources or our interlibrary loan system (ILLiad):

  1. Avoid using the VPN to connect to the Library while off-campus. Access databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and interlibrary loan through the Library’s website and authenticate with your UNH username and password.
  2. If you must use the VPN to access other UNH resources and want to access Library resources at the same time, please use the Faculty/Staff VPN located at vpn.unh.edu. This is the older VPN system and it still works with off-campus access to library resources.
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40 Years of Academy Award Winning Films

May 20, 2014

The UNH Library film collection includes just about every Academy Award, Best Picture winner since 1970 plus some from earlier years. For your summer movie entertainment you will find them all in the display area of the Multimedia Center.

The newest addition to the Best Picture collection arrived just recently. Twelve Years a Slave, the 2014 Oscar winner, is available to borrow from Multimedia Room on Level 2 in Dimond Library. Browse the display and bring home a film guaranteed to please.

Library now hiring for Summer 2014

May 8, 2014

The Library is now has completed hiring for summer, 2014.

Our summer starting rate is $8.00 an hour. We typically offer raises to students who return to work for us each academic year.

Successful candidates should:

  • Be eligible for the Federal Work/Study program
  • Have library or related experience (retail, office, bookstore, or food service)
  • Pay close attention to detail
  • Deal effectively and courteously with the public
  • Be able to lift, reach, grasp, kneel, climb on step stools, bend, and push/pull possible heavy (up to 325lbs) book carts to move items around the various library buildings
  • Complete all pages of the application thoroughly and accurately

The UNH Library has positions for student employment in various departments within the library. In addition to Dimond Library, the main library, there are four branch libraries located on campus and a library storage building located on the edge of campus.

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Dimond Library will be open 24 hours during finals

April 29, 2014

Dimond Library will again be open 24 hours a day during finals this semester.

Beginning at 7:30am on Monday, May 5, Dimond Library will be open 24 hours a day until we close at the end of finals at 12am on Thursday, May 15. There will be limited services in the building during the early morning hours (2am-7:30am) each day, but most of the building will be open for study space. There will also still be access to print and online materials.

Good luck with finals!

Frazzle free finals, stress relieving activities in Dimond Library

April 29, 2014

Join us for a week of stress relieving activities in Dimond Library!

Tuesday, May 6

  • Study Buddies - 10am-6pm, various locations in Dimond and Engineering, Math, & CS Library in Kingsbury
    Help beat stress with dogs! Come pet and play with Pet Partner therapy dogs from ElderPet.
  • Flash Yoga Mob - 12:15pm, Great Lawn
    Take a 15 minute study break with calming yoga! Yoga instructors from the Yoga Club and Health Services. Rain date: May 7.
  • Chair Massages - 2-4pm, Level 3, Room 301 (New Book Room)
    Feeling tense? Get a 5-minute chair massage from licensed massage therapists. Spots limited. Sign up at 1:45. Brought to you by Health Services.
  • Guided Meditation - 3:15-3:45pm, Level 5, Faculty Lounge
    Quiet your mind, body, and spirit with a 30 minute guided meditation session offered by Health Services.

Wednesday, May 7

  • Study Buddies - 11am-6pm, various locations in Dimond and Kingsbury Library
    Help beat stress with dogs! Come pet and play with Pet Partner therapy dogs from ElderPet.
  • Chair Massages - 1-3pm, Level 3, Room 301 (New Book Room)
    Feeling tense? Get a 5-minute chair massage from licensed massage therapists. Spots limited. Sign up at 12:45. Brought to you by Health Services.
  • YoNola Bar - 2-4pm, Level 4, Mezzanine
    Join us for a stress-busting snack of GrandyOats Organic Granola and Stonyfield Farms Organic Yogurt. Brought to you by UNH Dining.
  • Wind Down Wednesday - 7-11pm, Granite State Room in the MUB
    Join CAB for an evening of snacks, games, crafts, and lots of fun!

Thursday, May 8

  • Study Snacks - 8-10pm, Level 3, Lobby
    Refuel your body with healthy snacks from UNH Dining so you can study longer and harder!

Update on biological sciences library move and culling of books

April 24, 2014

The Library has heard the message from UNH faculty, students, and alumni loud and clear. As of now, the culling of books at Dimond Library is put on hold. No additional books will be placed in the recycling bin and none will be moved off campus until we can consult further and come to a satisfactory resolution.

From the Campus Journal:

A review of the collection became urgent with the recent decision to locate the Biological Sciences Library from Kendall Hall to Dimond Library this summer. In an effort to have the least impact on students preparing for finals and faculty returning to campus in August for the fall semester, the process needed to move quickly.

"In our rush to accommodate the project and be sensitive to the needs of our users at both ends of the process we lost the very important consultation piece,” said Interim Library Dean Annie Donahue. “The books were never going to be thrown away but rather recycled.”

…The books that have been removed from the library have been protected from the elements. The library leadership is talking with the provost’s office, faculty, and students as well as the campus facilities office about how best to move forward. No decisions have been made, but could include finding additional storage, a book fair, and other recycling options.

We are currently investigating options for additional storage on campus.

Library liaisons, faculty librarians who work with their counterparts in academic departments, are responsible for maintaining collections, including making decisions to deselect books. They make these decisions on the basis of:

  • Date of publication and currency
  • In-house usage and circulation
  • Condition of the material
  • Value to the research discipline
  • Availability of materials at other libraries (including the Boston Library Consortium) and in alternate formats

Weeding of library collections is a best practice supported by the American Library Association and part of the professional responsibilities of librarians.

The recent need arose due to the imminent relocation of the Biological Sciences Library collection into Dimond Library. In addition, the state fire marshal has indicated Dimond Library cannot use some of our top shelves due to their proximity to sprinklers. In order to accommodate this, all collections, including the biological sciences collection, were subject to review for weeding.

The Biological Sciences Library move will still occur over the summer. In order to make up for the loss of seating, we are adding public computers and 30 additional seats to Dimond Library.

We recognize there was insufficient communication and consultation with the community regarding this process. As Provost Lisa MacFarlane put it, "We all have a strong emotional connection to physical books, and to the scholarship, historical perspective, and creative work they contain." They are, for us and for you, symbolic of the mission of the University and our hard won knowledge.

In the coming days, we will be reaching out to campus constituencies to better understand and address your concerns.

Update, April 25

Based on the overwhelming response to the Library’s culling project, the following short term approach has been established to respond to the immediate concerns raised by faculty, students, alumni and community members earlier this week.

Philosophy books that were pulled and placed on carts for removal are being re-shelved. Other books identified for removal will go to storage shelves in Dimond but will still be available for circulation. Art history and education books will be removed from the container to avoid being further compromised while they are awaiting review by teaching faculty.

The Biological Science integration will continue. Dimond Level 2 materials and science resources on Level 5 (Q-Z) are being inventoried to allow integration of materials from Kendall Hall in June. Campus Planning is working with Library to identify longer-term on-campus storage options for Library materials. A plan and timeline to review the collection with teaching faculty colleagues is being developed and will be shared as soon as it is available.

Library faculty will work with department representatives to ensure teaching faculty voices are heard before materials are culled. Library Administration will work with students, alumni and community members to find more thoughtful and sustainable ways to remove the remaining unwanted materials from the Library.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Val Harper, Faculty Fellow for Project Management and Space Utilization, or Tracey Lauder, Assistant Dean for Library Administration.

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