What's New? Fall Semester, 2013

Laura Krier Joins Library Faculty Please welcome Laura Krier to the Library Faculty as our Web Services Librarian.  Laura comes to us from the California Digital Library, where she worked as a Metadata Analyst.   One of her numerous projects was working with libraries around the country developing an online preservation registry for journals.  Prior to working at CDL she was Web Services Librarian at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.  Laura is excited about joining the Library Faculty because she “loves making it easier and easier and easier for people to find information.” 

Online Library Orientation We have updated our online tutorials, which provide a basic introduction to the Library. The tutorials are designed to be the best way for your students to get started learning about the Library’s services, spaces, and resources.  These lessons can be accessed from the “How Do I” webpage. There is an online quiz, which you can assign to your students. http://library.sonoma.edu/howdoi/ For more information contact Felicia Palsson (palsson@sonoma.edu).

Library Instruction Program Webpage Have you ever wondered what the Library Instruction Program is all about—how many students we teach, or which classes we meet with? Go to the updated program webpage to learn all about our curriculum and the progression of instructional opportunities. We have developed a dynamic visual guide to all the Library learning outcomes—for Library Orientation, Freshman GE Information Literacy classes, and Advanced Research in the Majors. You will find out when students meet with librarians and the different information literacy skills they learn at each step. The page also features a program mission, assessment reports and data, and resources for faculty such as worksheets and activities. http://library.sonoma.edu/services/instruction.php

Student Research Archived Online SSU ScholarWorks is the permanent home for faculty research and creative projects. It is also the repository for graduate student work and student journals. SSU electronic theses are being accessed by campus researchers, and researchers across the United States and as far away as Haiti, Japan, Scotland, and Italy. Student journals, including McNair Research Journal, Burning Daylight, and Zaum, contain essays, research articles, poetry, and prose that demonstrate the academic achievement, creativity, and energy of Sonoma State studentshttp://sonoma-dspace.calstate.edu/ To add your students’ work to SSU ScholarWorks contact Karen Brodsky (karen.brodsky@sonoma.edu). 

More Digitized Collections We are actively digitizing our special collections, making such things as personal correspondence, diaries, and ephemera electronically available to researchers.  This summer, student employees completed digitizing the Tanner World War One Correspondence, letters between a Sonoma County nurse and her brother, a soldier, in France during WW1. These primary sources are reflections on local and global politics and personal hardship during the early 20th century.  The Tanner Letters are part of the Gaye LeBaron collection and an example of our growing North Bay Digital Collections. http://northbaydigital.sonoma.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/Lebaron

@ the Library Art Gallery From Death to Life in Ancient Bahrain  Four thousand years ago and half the world away, an ancient society known as Dilmun existed in what is present-day Bahrain.  To commemorate their dead, the people built thousands of burial mounds that still dot the landscape. From Death to Life in Ancient Bahrain gives visitors a close-up view of remains from these burial mounds, as well as insights into the archaeological processes used in recovering and reconstructing ancient life.  The exhibit runs August 15 – October 13, 2013, with a reception on September 5, 4:00 – 5:30.  A gallery talk with researchers who created this exhibit featuring Alexis Boutin, Asst. Professor, Anthropology will be September 18, 4:00 – 5:30.

Want to Know the Real Jerry Brown? Join SSU Professor David McCuan for a conversation with Chuck McFadden about his new book Trailblazer: A Biography of Jerry Brown.  This is a must attend for anyone interested not only in Brown but also in California politics. The discussion will also touch on McCuan’s work on Whitaker & Baxter.  Do a title search in the Library catalog to access Trailblazer as an eBook.  Mark your calendar for October 16, 2013 @ Noon in Schulz 3001.

Collection News While the Library continues to add new materials in all formats, we’ve heard from students and faculty alike that you appreciate the flexibility that electronic resources provide.  To that end:

  • Journal subscriptions are now 99.9% online
  • More than 120,000 eBooks are available in every discipline
  • More than 16,000 streaming videos are available on an incredible range of subjects

Search the catalog to find the latest eBook titles.  If there’s a title you’d like to see, contact your librarian liaison, or paula.hammett@sonoma.edu

Psychotherapy.net.  Streaming videoPsychotherapy.net This streaming video collection focuses on counseling, psychotherapy, and addiction. Films show therapy sessions illustrating different techniques and clinical skills, along with pre- and post-discussions, as well as interviews with key practitioners and theorists.  http://0-www.psychotherapy.net.iii.sonoma.edu/stream/ssu

Academic Search CompleteAcademic Search Complete We have added more than 4,000 full text journals this summer by subscribing to Academic Search Complete, a leading source of peer-reviewed, full text journals.  It is a truly interdisciplinary database containing journals for STM research, the Social Sciences, Education, Humanities and Business. More full text within the database means fewer “FindIt” buttons in your search results! So if we didn’t have a journal in the past, it might now be available. IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure you change any links you have on course webpages or Moodle classes to point to Academic Search Complete instead of Academic Search Premier. http://library.calstate.edu/sonoma/databases/proxy/CAL21808

StatistaStatista This database aggregates statistical data on over 600 international industries from more than 18,000 sources, including market researchers, trade organizations, scientific journals, and government databases. Not just business and industry reports: global internet usage, personal debt, box office receipts, campaign spending, wage inequality, U.S. wine markets, and more. To access from off-campus, you must use the following URL: http://0-www.statista.com.iii.sonoma.edu/

More JSTOR Collections Thanks to Chancellor’s Office funding we were able to add more journals in business, economics, education, political science, language & literatures, history, and Asian Studies.

BISWorld Industry Research Reports Comprehensive, astute and easy to digest, IBISWorld’s industry research reports offer the latest information on every U.S. industry. Each report consists of 30- 40 pages of key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, current and forecast performance, major industry participants, and more.

Coursepacks  You could save yourself time and students $$$ by checking the Library’s catalog first. With more than 35,000 journals and 120,000 eBooks, the Library may subscribe to materials you need. Search the Library catalog by journal title or book title. If it's available online, you can link directly from your course webpage or Moodle. Contact your liaison for assistance.  If you have any copyright questions, contact Karen Brodsky karen.brodsky@sonoma.edu.

All Search Update: From the Library’s homepage, the All search feature now retrieves items from our many EBSCO databases.  The results display has gotten a facelift; now articles and items from the catalog appear on the same page.   The All search is a fabulous starting point but some databases still need to be searched directly.      

Fall Semester, 2013