Friday, December 21, 2012

EBSCO Folders Unavailable

Oops, EBSCO is doing some maintenance on the first day of our semester. Some of the functionality will be down during the morning and afternoon. But hopefully you won't have to start your research immediately after your first class!

EBSCOhost News
Please note that for about eight hours beginning at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5) on Saturday, January 5, 2013, the EBSCOadmin interface and consequently, certain EBSCOhost functionality, will be unavailable due to planned maintenance.  Please note that EBSCOhost will continue to be available during this brief interval.  Affected functionality will include:
  • Logging into your personal EBSCO account
  • Checkout and Download of eBooks
  • Access to My EBSCOhost folder items or the ability to save items to personalized folders from session
  • Some databases may experience a delay in currency
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this maintenance interval.  

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Top Tens of 2012: Internet, Memes, and More

In 2012, a few librarian-related memes came out. It makes sense, really. The Internet is the home of cat memes and librarians gravitate toward cats at parties, so it was only a matter of time before the two morphed into one. Scroll to the bottom of the page to gaze at the popular Ryan Gosling + libraries meme.

But first, on a less sexy but still terrible fascinating note, here's what Google Analytics has told us about our online users and their habits for 2012. Oh, and we've had 32,308 unique users visit our site so far this year (stats from January 1st to December 10th). We feel almost as pretty and popular as Ryan Gosling. Almost.

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2012 Top Tens: Searching for TC Library’s Website from the Internet
Hm. People seem to be searching for Blackboard and not the Library. Sad. Next year, maybe our searchers will consider using quotation marks around their search phrases, LOL.
  1. smumn blackboard
  2. smumn library
  3. blackboard
  4. qualitative vs quantitative research
  5. blackboard smumn
  6. smumn blackboard login
  8. saint mary's university of minnesota
  9. qualitative vs quantitative

2012 Top Tens: Top Ten States using TC Library’s Website (excluding MN and WI)
  1. Illinois wins! - 1,146
  2. California - 808
  3. New York - 557
  4. Michigan - 544
  5. Texas - 524
  6. Florida - 420
  7. Ohio - 396
  8. Colorado - 394
  9. Pennsylvania - 371
  10. Georgia - 350

2012 Top Tens: Top Ten International Superpowers using TC Library’s Website (excluding US)
    1. United Kingdom wins! - 255
    2. (not set) - 230 (I'll go ahead and assume this is North Korea.)
    3. India - 229
    4. Canada - 188 (eh? Fourth?)
    5. Philippines - 164
    6. Australia - 124
    7. Malaysia - 116
    8. Jamaica - 108
    9. Kenya - 106
    10. Saudi Arabia - 100

    Top Tens of 2012: What People are Reading and We're Buying

    In 2012, an impressive 4,017 items from TC Library's physical collection were checked out by you all!
    The book and video titles most popular in the TC Library collection are included below, and if you feel so inclined, they're hyperlinked so you can put a hold on them. ZOMG such fun reading and watching for Christmas Break!
    1. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association
    2. Three approaches to psychotherapy III (video)
    3. Values based family therapy (video)
    4. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-IV-TR (FYI - this manual is getting replaced with a 5th edition in 2013)
    5. Internal family systems therapy (video)
    6. Assessment and treatment activities for children, adolescents, and families: Practitioners share their most effective techniques
    7. The way home (video)
    8. Working with Native Americans (video)
    9. Ouch! That stereotype hurts: How to speak up (video)
    10. Working with Asian American clients (video)
    We like to buy things, too. "Make it rain with library material$" is our motto. Arranged by good ol' DDC call number + subject, here's the top ten areas where we beefed up our collection, just for you.
    1. 616 (Diseases) - 122 new items
    2. 658 (General management) - 78 new items
    3. 371 (School management; special education) - 53 new items
    4. 155 (Differential & developmental psychology) - 40 new items
    5. 362 (Social welfare problems & services) - 29 new items
    6. 618 (Gynecology & other medical specialities) - 22 new items
    7. 150 (Psychology) - 18 new items
    8. 378 (Higher education) - 18 new items
    9. 153 (Mental processes & intelligence) - 17 new items
    10. 158 (Applied psychology) - 16 new items
    Beefed up, you say? Beefcake? You know what, here's some more Ryan Gosling for me you. Just 'cause it's that time of the year and I'm feeling generous. Is it hot in here?

    Monday, December 10, 2012

    EBSCO accounts down on Tuesday

    For a few hours Tuesday morning (12/18) you won't be able to access your EBSCO account. Details below.

    EBSCOhost News
    Please note that for about three hours beginning at 6:00 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 certain EBSCOhost functionality will be unavailable due to planned maintenance.  Please note that EBSCOhost will continue to be available during this brief interval, however EBSCOhost with Navigator may experience intermittent interrupted access.  Affected functionality will include:
    • Personal User Authentication
    • Checkout and Download of eBooks
    • Alerts
    • Access to My EBSCOhost folder items or the ability to save items to personalized folders from session
    • RSS will be unavailable
    We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this short maintenance interval.

    Tuesday, December 04, 2012

    December 2012 New Books

    OK there's not much to see here. Santa hasn't come yet, but we needed a blog post. Perhaps you'll check back here in a week, when books have had a chance to arrive.

    Of course, you could always come to the library and look under our Christmas tree, in hopes that ol' Saint Steve or Saint Rebecca left a little something for you. By Christmas tree, I mean hold shelf.

    Monday, 12/10 update: Hanukkah started on Saturday, so here are eight new books.