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Unpacking Our Summer 2017 Updates

by Katie Bertel on 2017-09-07T16:24:00-04:00
Welcome back! We’ve been busy bees upgrading and fixing things over the summer. Here are some of the things you might have missed.

Website Refresh

New library website homepage

The library website got a fresh new look and added features. (Don’t worry, it’s not your eyes playing tricks on you).

  • Updated color palette that is more accessible
  • Improved navigation with the most frequently clicked links in the website header and quick links box on the homepage
  • Streamlined searching in Course Reserves
  • New and improved system updates: Equipment Loan reservation tool, library hours and events, and login page for off-campus users

New Liaison Program

Library liaison program listing

We have instituted a new liaison program to better connect departments with a librarian. Each discipline now has a dedicated librarian to help faculty and students with research, library instruction, book requests, and more.

Find out more about this newly restructured Liaison Program and find a list of liaison librarians here: 

SkillShops and Faculty Workshops

Join us for the inaugural semester of the SkillShops workshop series! SkillShops are 30-50 minute drop-in workshops covering topics from preparing for tests to reading scholarly sources to creating effective presentations.

Faculty can learn more about available library resources and services through the Faculty Workshop series.

See the full schedule of library events, including SkillShops and Faculty Workshops, here:

Cultural Cafe

Cultural Cafe is back for the second semester starting Friday, September 15 at 3:00 pm. The format has changed slightly this semester with coffee and conversation starting at 3:00 and cultural presentations and discussions starting at 3:30 pm.

Dates for the fall 2017 Cultural Cafe are September 15, October 13, and November 10 at 3:00 pm in the Global Lounge (third floor, southeast quad).

Renamed “Global Lounge”

New Global Lounge

Based on input received last spring, we have renamed the International Students Reading Area to the Global Lounge. We are also working on some other updates to the area but those won’t be ready until our next update.

This comfortable reading space owes its creation to the Office of International Student Affairs, the International Student Advisory Council, and the International Student Organization.

New Databases

Butler Library has added the following new online databases, which cover multiple subject areas:

Biographies of more than 18,000 men and women whose lives helped shape the nation. Updated semi-annually, with new entries and revisions of previously published entries to enhance their accuracy and currency.

209 sources of news and current affairs information in Asia and the Far East. Includes such titles as The Wall Street Journal Asia, South China Morning Post and the Bangkok Post.

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. The Dictionary offers concise, up-to-date biographies written by named, specialist authors. It is overseen by academic editors at Oxford University, UK, and published by Oxford University Press.

Early American Imprints contains more than 75,000 books, pamphlets and broadsides published in America between 1640 and the first two decades of the 19th century. This collection is based on renowned bibliographies by Charles Evans and Roger Bristol and by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker. Our access includes Series I: Evans 1639-1800 and Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker 1801-1819.

U.S. Northeast Newsstream enables users to search current U.S. news content, as well as archives that stretch back into the 1980s. It features top newspapers, wires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, and news sites in full-text format. U.S. Newsstream includes regional titles titles such as The Buffalo News and The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

These and all library databases are available through the Databases A-Z page.


Phew! We’re glad you’re back and hope you have a great semester. For the latest news and information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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