SciFinder Scholar password

Hi Armstrong staff,

You might be asked for a SciFinder Scholar password this week (or at some point this semester); students in Chem 241 are learning how to use this database.  Students must create their own passwords.  Here are the instructions:

  1. Go to the chemistry subject guide (go/chemguide or
  2. Scroll down to the description for SciFinder Scholar.
  3. Follow the instructions under “To create a SciFinder account.”

Some NExpress items are supposed to go to Armstrong!

A reminder to READ the blue band as you are putting things on the holdshelf and look at where an item is supposed to be picked up by the patron. Armstrong is now an option, and I pulled 15 things from our holdshelf this morning that were supposed to be at Armstrong. Please remember to look at which location is circled. If Armstrong is circled, it goes on the Armstrong shelf, NOT our holdshelf.

Reference librarians

Posted on behalf of Joy Pile:

One of the skills Middlebury librarians continually hone, is the ability to help students, faculty, staff and community users find the information they are looking for. We’ve put that information out on the LIS webpages – at Ask Librarian and Research Advice. But you could help us provide this service by referring those asking questions about library resources to us. Although we’re officially “on duty” Sunday-Friday afternoons and evenings Sunday-Wednesday, we’re happy to answer questions in person, by e-mail or text anytime. Please also help the curious find and use our support pages!

9-22 Circ Meeting

General update:
2 carrels left at Armstrong; none at Music; 4 at Davis.
Stacks/shelving look good, thanks to student staff shelvers.
Next Wed. 9/29 is “Map Giveaway Day” at Armstrong; Carrie sent a note to various interested depts. Event will be set up at the Armstrong Circ. Desk.

Patrons are having difficulties accessing eres in recent days; reasons for this vary (wireless, on or off campus, etc). Docutek and Ezproxy are partially problematic; databases have to be customized. Issues are in the midst of being resolved.
Reminder from Morgan to get rid of double check-in process for ILLs. Use initials to notate check-in.
Write an “f” on a fax to show a fax was successfully faxed.

Keep 2 LCD projectors at Armstrong. Makes sense to keep more LCDs at Davis.

New students need to review orientation list and check with supervisors if there are questions. All LIS student workers need to review ILL rules/procedures.
Film issues: Tom Moran has requested “On Ego” to be transferred to an archival DVD for more access; Scott Witt will handle it. Film schedule is at the CIrc. Desk for projectionists-they appreciate the hard copy when they arrive for their dvd/vhs/blu ray pickups.

Sunday seems to be the busiest night at LIS, with several students asking why Wilson Cafe is closed. They pointed out there is no other place on or off campus to buy a cup of joe, which they need since Sunday is a heavy study night. Many students are here for 5-6 hours. Midd Express, Grille, Sama’s are all closed.

Three-sentence email practice is proposed; an LIS goal? It is entirely optional, according to Dan.
“Intro to Loan Rules” shown by Dan in Millennium; plenty of info under “admin, parameters, circulation.” Good stuff!

Weekly report 9-22-2010

User Services Weekly Report
Date: 9/22/2010
Name: Dan Frostman
Circulation Services – Circ, Reserves, and Stacks

Statistics: patrons who will be billed next week if they don’t return their library items: 69
Germs infesting every corner of campus: n+1
Drunk patrons in the library this week: at least 1, who had driven from Cornwall looking for a bar
Carrels remaining: Continue reading