HathiTrust Full Partner Privileges Implemented

After recently completing the required technical implementation, we are now able to take full advantage of our partner status with HathiTrust, the full-text-searchable digital academic library of nearly 11 million volumes (and growing).  Full partners can download PDF files of the publicly viewable materials and can create public permanent subset collections for focused searching.  Workshops available soon for more information and training with this incredible resource.

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URL shortener

Do you know about s.uconn.edu ?  UConn students, faculty, and staff can go to the site, login via NetID, and take advantage of a more trustworthy URL shortener than bit.ly, etc.  We asked UITS for this service and it works like a charm.  Great for social media sharing needs.  Includes usage monitoring statistical tools.  Tailor your bulky addresses down to size!

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Library webcam

We have a webcam overlooking the new Oak Hall, just east of the Homer Babbidge Library.  Take a peek at:

s.uconn.edu/libwebcam

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Library vendor services mobile apps

Our eResources Management Librarian has put together a Mobile Research guide that lists the mobile tools available from the research databases we subscribe to.  We’ve made a place for it on the mobile site, under “Find Books and Articles.”  See:

http://lib.uconn.edu/m/#_catalogs

Let us know if you have any favorites in this category, or if we’ve missed one that you use.

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PC availability web app upgraded

Update 8/27/2012:  Library PCs have been virtualized and are available everywhere from every device.  (One consequence is that we are no longer able to pinpoint available workstations.)  Please visit vPC.uconn.edu

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We recently recoded the web app that lets you check for open workstations in library computer labs.  It’s now using JQuery Mobile, for those interested.  It loads faster than before, so if you were frustrated by it in the past, try it now:

http://www.lib.uconn.edu/m/pc_avail/

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Calendar as info display tool

Here’s one of those little things:  Humans have been interacting with information for some time, but these days we forget sometimes how useful old models can be.  We used to display our operating hours in just a complicated series of charts with exceptions, but in response to a request from our public services staff, we’ve got our hours info up in a new-fashioned monthly calendar format, which is easier to process visually but a tad harder to compose programatically .  Let us know how we can make it better.

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Topic-specific RSS newsfeed

We’re starting to implement newsfeeds for topics of interest to our researchers.  See an example at:

http://www.lib.uconn.edu/Diversity

Could be a convenient way to stay current on what’s happening in your field, with info from a variety of sources.  Would you like one for your subject?

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