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Small Talk From the VP: Cars, Decisions and Information Literacy

November 19, 2014

Purchasing a new car can be an overwhelming and unpleasant experience.  According to a recent survey by Edmunds.com, one in five people said they'd willingly give up sex for a month rather than haggle for a new car. One in three said they'd rather do taxes, go to the DMV, or sit in an airplane's middle seat. This was the challenge I faced when I wanted to replace my ten year old car.

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Let's Talk About E-Books - Part Two

November 19, 2014

It might seem as though the library began purchasing electronic books only just recently, when, in reality, it’s been acquiring digital forms of books since the 1990s.

Our collecting began by supporting some of the first scholarly digital text initiatives like the University of Chicago’s ARTFL (a collection of nearly 3,000 classic works of French literature and historical texts) and Brown University’s Women Writers Project (nearly 350 early texts written by women from the 16th through 19th centuries). Since then, we’ve been actively purchasing and subscribing to important historical digital text collections and electronic versions of classic reference works such as the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and the Grove art and music encyclopedias. More recently we’ve expanded the collection to include current scholarly books along with recently published books written and edited by Hamilton faculty.

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Your Package Has Arrived?

November 19, 2014

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s also time to be aware that the bad guys are out there in full force too.  As is usual for this time of year, people are shopping online, trying to avoid the bad weather and get the best deals.  The bad guys know this and are taking steps to separate you from your money. This leads to a big uptick in phishing emails purporting to be from Amazon and Ebay.

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"Record from WebCam" Tool in Blackboard

November 19, 2014

With the addition of YouTube to our Google Apps suite, we will also be able to make use of the "Record from Webcam" tool in Blackboard.

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VITEC - A New Face and a New Location

November 19, 2014

VITEC Solutions, the College's service provider for computer hardware repair has a new employee and a new office location. Please welcome to Hamilton our new, on-site computer hardware technician, Robert (Rob) Hess.

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Special Collections Now Open Late

November 19, 2014

Special Collections is now open additional hours on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. We encourage students working on a thesis to come and consult with any of the Special Collections staff named below for information on primary source materials that will broaden your scope of research and strengthen your work.

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New Voicemail System On The Way

November 19, 2014

LITS is preparing to upgrade the College's voicemail system.  Our current Octel voicemail system has operated reliably for almost 15 years and is ready for retirement.

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Educating Students through Employment

November 19, 2014

One of the largest student employers on campus, LITS employs well over 100 students. They perform tasks such as processing and shelving library materials, staffing service desks, maintaining computer labs and providing audiovisual services. While we rely on our student assistants to ensure smooth LITS operations, we also take part in their education.

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New Services Available in HillConnect

November 19, 2014

LITS is pleased to announce the availability of some exciting new services in HillConnect.

Powered by Google, HillConnect currently provides key services that we all use including email, contacts, calendar and Google Drive. While HillConnect has a familiar look and feel to consumer Google services, it’s actually our own instance of Google Apps for Education.

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Small Talk From the VP: The Larson Principle – Uncovering New Ways to Support the Academic Program

October 28, 2014

Library and IT organizations have a number of ways to obtain feedback about our existing services, including national surveys such as MISO (www.misosurvey.org).  But gaining insight into new ways we might help faculty and students be more successful is a bigger challenge. 

A few years ago, at a conference on digital scholarship, Doran Larson, Professor of English and Creative Writing, indicated that when IT organizations organize events to tell about the services they offer he sometimes attends.  He said that while he may appear to be listening to the presentations, in fact, he is thinking about some problem he faces with his research (or teaching).

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