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Spring Semester Hours (begin on Sunday, January 8th)

Sunday                      Noon-Midnight
Monday- Thursday    7:30am - Midnight
Friday                        7:30am - 7pm
Saturday                    Noon - 7pm

  Special Dates:
January 16  CLOSED
April 14-16 (Friday-Sunday) CLOSED
May 29  CLOSED

 

Holiday Hours

  Intersession hours: Dec 11, 2016 - Jan 7, 2017

     Sunday noon -10pm,
     Mon-Thurs 7:30am -10pm,
     Friday 7:30am - 5pm,
     Saturday noon - 7pm

The Stump Library will suspend physical service hours (CLOSED) from

               November 23 at 4:30 pm through November 27,

 and from December 23, 2016 through January 2, 2017

       (The web site will still be functioning, offering the full complement of online access options.)

 

 

Haddad Room - computer added to wall display

There is now a mini-Mac installed in the Haddad Room, and it is connected to the wall monitor. To use this technology you check out the blue bag with the keyboard and mouse from the Circulation Desk. The keyboard plugs into the back of the mini-Mac box. You will need to use the mouse pad, as the optical mouse will not work on the glass table.

 

Student Debate: October 12

On Wednesday, October 12, at 5pm, in the Library … Bishop Quarter Room, the Resident Peer Academic Leaders (RPAL) and the Library will host the first of a new series of Student Debates. The intention is to discuss a hot topic based upon factual supporting materials. The topic is: Marijuana Legalization.

 

New Tools for Business Researchers

  1. Mergent – new content (Industry profiles, Private Companies info, and more!)

         We have one year of trial access to the complete set of databases offered by Mergent.

         This means we can now search into all of their databases from our regular interface.

          Take this expanded tool for a spin … and let me know how important the new sections are for your teaching.

          We will be inviting the vendor in for a training session in mid-October.

 

  1. Simply Map – new content (credit card purchasing data)

We will swap our business databases content in the new year.

Gone as of January is the PRIZM categorization of demographic populations.

New as of today is Experian SimmonsLOCAL, a database of credit card buying behavior which can be mined in great detail.

 

  For example, show us which Zip Codes have populations that:

  1. Purchased a TV set over 50”
  2. Purchased a specific Lexus automobile in the past year, and
  3. Take cruise vacations.

             This new content can be found using the Variables tab.

             See a short video of searching the Simply Map tool for Census and business data and mapping and ranking by a variable.

Experian SimmonsLOCAL is a powerful targeting and profiling system that provides insights into consumer behavior for all of America's 210 media markets on a local level with 60,000+ data variables, including over 450 categories and 8,000 specific brands.  From the products we buy to the brands we prefer to our attitudes and lifestyles, SimmonsLOCAL reports on the unique nuances of every market.  Enjoy the ability to analyze data by State, County, City/Place, ZIP code, Census Tracts, Block Groups, or even custom area.

The Simmons Data Package covers hundreds of categories under general topics including but not limited to:

  • Lifestyle (Demographics & Statements)
  • Hispanics Only (Special Demographics & Media)
  • Computers/Internet
  • Media
  • Entertainment/Leisure
  • Travel
  • Food (Baking, Condiments, Dairy, Frozen, General, Meat & Snacks/Deserts)
  • Beverages (Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic)  
  • Daily Activity
  • Dining
  • Apparel
  • Shopping
  • Health & Beauty Aids
  • Medicine/Drugs/Ailments
  • Tobacco
  • Telecom
  • Financial Services
  • Household Products
  • Cleaning Products
  • Pets & Pet Food
  • Home Improvements
  • Home Furnishings & Appliances
  • Lawn & Garden
  • Electronics
  • Automotive

 

Fall Semester Hours

Sunday                   Noon-Midnight
Monday- Thursday   7:30am - Midnight
Friday                     7:30am - 7pm
Saturday                 Noon - 7pm

  Special Dates:
Septmber 5  CLOSED
November 24-27  (Thursday-Sunday) CLOSED
December 23-January 1  CLOSED

 

New spaces and relocated collections

The library has added a few new first-come (no reservations) study spaces for quiet group work:

  • Two small rooms seating 2-3 people are now available -- one on the main floor, and one on the lower level -- at the end of the collections on the window wall.
  • A table seating four people is now available in the new Juvenile Collection room, located on the lower level in room 119-C.

 

The Juvenile Collection has been relocated to the lower level in room 119-C.

The Assessment Kits have been relocated to the small room at the end of the collection on the lower level.

 

Summer Hours (through August 20)

Sunday                       Noon - 10pm
Monday- Thursday   7:30am - 10pm
Friday                         7:30am - 5pm
Saturday                    Noon - 5pm

Special Dates:
May 30  Closed
July 1-4 Closed

 

Library adds another important digital book

Theology Symposium, John XXIII Institute: Ten of the world's foremost Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox theologians participated in a 4-day symposium sponsored by Saint Xavier College. Each of the theologians delivered an address on a different theological problem confronting Christianity today. The talks were original contributions to the field, with concentrations on the development of doctrine as a prerequisite to the solution of theological differences and units. Some of the topics included combating atheism, women as priests, and the concept of God in relation to man. This volume contains the roster of attendees, biographies of the speakers, and news clippings of the event. The presentations are published as a separate volume: The Word in History; the St. Xavier symposium, edited by T. Patrick Burke. New York, Sheed and Ward [1966]. BT80 .B8 1966  Special Collections (Non-Circulating)

 

Laptop connections to wall monitors in Group Study Rooms

You can now check out cables to connect your laptop to the wall monitors in the group study rooms. Ask for them at the Circulation desk.

 

Spring Semester Hours (begin on Sunday, January 10th)

Sunday                   Noon-Midnight
Monday- Thursday   7:30am - Midnight
Friday                     7:30am - 7pm
Saturday                 Noon - 7pm

  Special Dates:
January 17  CLOSED
March 25-27  (Friday-Sunday) CLOSED
May 30  CLOSED

 

Holiday Hours

The Stump Library will suspend physical service hours (CLOSED) from November 25 through 29, and from December 24, 2015 through January 3rd, 2016.  The web site will still be functioning, offering the full complement of online access options.

Intersession hours: Dec 14-Jan 9  Mon-Thurs 7:30am-10pm, Friday 7:30am-4:30pm, Saturday noon-7pm, Sunday noon-10pm

 

New direct book searching options

On the left column of our pages there are now drop-downs under Books to go directly to our local catalog, our consortial catalog, the worldwide WorldCat catalog, or our ebooks. You must pick one option to begin your book and video searching.

 

International Open Access Week, Oct. 19-25

SXU maintains a Scholarly Communications web site that highlights key issues surrounding the Open Access movement. The new Alternative Textbook and Open Educational Resources Review Team will be discussing possible actions with our Faculty Senate in the near future. There are a number of international Open Access Week events

 

SXU Institutional Repository

The library is pleased to announce that we now provide a public platform for locally created materials. This institutional repository (IR) can distribute copies of exemplar student works, teaching materials, Faculty Powerpoint presentations, departmental documents and publications, and other items. The first materials loaded are the Exemplar Honors Capstone Project Papers (papers recognized as excellent from the annual Honors submissions). Additional materials to be entered include Mercy & Mission symposium materials. Contact the library if you have materials you are interested in ingesting.

 

Banned Books Week was September 27- October 3, 2015.

 

Fall Semester Hours (begin on Sunday, August 23rd)

Sunday   Noon-Midnight
Monday- Thursday   7:30am - Midnight
Friday   7:30am - 7pm
Saturday   Noon - 7pm

  Special Dates:
Labor Day, September 7,  CLOSED
Thanksgiving: November 25-29  (Wednesday-Sunday) CLOSED
Christmas Holiday: December 24- January 3, 2016  CLOSED

 

Firefox causing problems for off-campus users

The new release of Firefox has some significant modifications which are causing error messages for some off-campus users. The problem affects those attempting to use our databases through the EZProxy validation server. We are still endorsing Firefox ... because of its integration with the important Zotero personal knowledge management software.

For the time being, users having trouble using Firefox from off-campus will need to add the following workaround to Firefox:

Workaround for Firefox 39 and above:

  1. In Firefox, enter "about:config" in the URL field and press enter.
  2. Accept the "This might void your warranty!" warning.
  3. In the search field at the top, enter "security.ssl3.dhe_rsa_aes"
  4. Double-click each result (128 and 256) to toggle the value to "false"
  5. Reload the site, which should now work.
  6. Change the two settings back to “true” when finished.

 

New Library web design released on July 6, 2015

The library will roll out the new interface to our services on Monday morning. This new look and feel will provide easier navigation based upon industry standards for organizing materials and services. The Home page will provide information about the facility and our basic services. The Research Guides are intended to provide customized tools and assistance for specific research populations. No tools or services have been removed, so feel free to contact us if you cannot find your familiar links. 

 

History of SXU book digitized and searchable

The library is pleased to announce that we now provide a digitized version of the book:

First in Chicago: a History of Saint Xavier University by Joy Clough, RSM (Sisters of Mercy).

 

Tutorials

We are building a suite of short (2-3 minute) videos demonstrating our basic services, best tools, and knowledge handling strategies. Theses videos should help scholars at a distance, or those looking for immediate assistance. They are located at the top right of our Student Resources page.

 

Where did the search box go?

The multiple database search tool has been moved, in order to de-emphasize its use as a primary search tool. Experience has shown that users were frequently frustrated by the large and confusing array of results that appeared from searches across so many simultaneous databases.

Most users are better served by starting with either the Core journal index and fulltext database (Academic Search Complete) or the more comprehensive subject-specific journal search tools.

  • This tool remains useful if you are looking for either an exact known item or for searching across a number databases at one time. 
  • This tool will locate multimedia materials that are not covered in our major journal indexes.

To search the previously highlighted tool select the option under Journal Indexes called "From Multiple Databases".

 

Technology Support in the Library

An IT consultant was scheduled in the Library (at the Circulation desk) on weekdays in the mornings (M/W/F) from 7:30-8:30am and in the evenings from 6-10pm. This person answered questions about computer configurations, campus technology options, advanced software support, and is also available to provide one-on-one consultation. With the opening of the HUB downstairs, the IT support in the library was discontinued as of September, 2015.

 

Off-campus Access (temporary solution)

If you are unable to connect to our resources from off campus, there may be a problem with our proxy server that validates your permissions.  We are working on correcting this problem.

Meanwhile, try inserting the following text in the URL box immediately before the existing information ...     

                          https://ezp2.sxu.edu/login?url=

 

SXU Library Link in CANVAS

In all CANVAS courses you will now find the link "SXU Library" near the bottom of the left side column.

This link will present a page of (1) subject pages, (2) course-specific pages, and (3) concept/theme pages.

The intention is to provide point-of-need assistance for any student within the CANVAS environment.

 

Google Links for Related Material

We now have a new option for users when they try to link to journal articles.

In the past, the options were for full text links or interlibrary loan.

      Now there is another option:

                 Search Google for related information  
 

       WHY DID WE ADD THIS?

        In this new age of Open Access materials, people often load copies of their articles on their own web pages, on Institutional Repositories (campus platforms that hold local materials), or on other sites. In some cases, people will pay to have their articles “free to the world” … which is called hybrid publishing.

        Before this new option, our EBSCO resolver only looked for official “paid or subscribed” materials at the journal title level. We would not have found the free articles from other locations or the hybrid material. Much material was hidden from our users because we did not provide comprehensive article level access to materials we did not purchase.

         Now, the Google search will locate many of these alternative versions. Of course, it will also find other materials with similar words in the titles, so it will be a new way to navigate and discover all types of related information. And much of this other material may not be peer-reviewed … so people will need to be even more critical when using these results.
 

Weeding the Stacks

Weeding initiative (in two phases)
 
            A team of library staff will be using best practices developed by national consortia to identify potential withdrawals. These lists will be shared with faculty before any actions are taken, and faculty will have an opportunity to see the books on carts before final withdrawals are performed.
 
Intention: To remove obsolete and unnecessary redundant material, making space for the return of more valuable material from the Offsite Shelving facility.

Process:

Phase 1: The Main Stacks

Timeline: November 2014  – June 2015

Each subject librarian will review materials in our main stacks in their subject areas ... considering factors such as currency, historical importance, redundancy, special subject concerns, CARLI consortial holdings, curriculum emphases, and research concentrations.  Potential withdrawals from the main stacks will be identified and title lists will be shared with the faculty for review.  One last opportunity for faculty review will be provided with reviews of material on carts before final withdrawals are made.

Phase II: The Offsite Shelving Materials

Timeline: after September 2015

Once space has been cleared in the main stacks, we will review the materials now housed in the Offsite Shelving facility ... using similar criteria to determine which items should be (1) returned to the main stacks, (2) left in Offsite Shelving, or (3) withdrawn from the collection. Once again, potential withdrawals from the collection will be identified and title lists will be shared with the faculty for final review before any action is taken.

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