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August 2006 Update from the Dean

August 17, 2006

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER - Library Updates will be forwarded to OSU faculty each month; an archive of these updates can be found at http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/dean. Faculty who do not wish to receive future Library Updates via email, should send a message to bonnie.cain@okstate.edu with the subject line containing one word: remove.

In this Update:

Researcher Reception on August 18
Document Delivery
ARL Ranking Shows Positive Trend for Library
Annex Update

Researcher Reception on August 18

You are invited to attend the pre-semester Researcher Reception on the 2nd floor of the Library on Friday, August 18, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Join us for lunch and learn how the Library supports your research and instruction efforts.

  • Update to EndNote X (free as always)
  • See how we can help you with digital publishing
  • Learn about our faculty services including document delivery
  • Discover E-Archive@OSU, our new digital repository

There is a subject specialist librarian for each department, and these librarians will be on hand to discuss your research needs. We encourage you to contact your subject specialist librarian anytime you have a question about Library services or resources. You can find your Librarian's contact information at http://www.library.okstate.edu /services/liaisons.htm.

Document Delivery

While many articles are available online, there are some publications to which OSU only has print access. We realize you cannot always come to the building, and we want you to have the information you need as quickly as possible.

Now, any print article owned by the Library can be sent electronically by request. Requests will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis for the first 20 requests per individual per day. The Library should fill requests within 48 hours of receipt. Requests can be made online at any time, but will be downloaded and processed M-F 8a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The process to request an article from a journal owned by the Library is similar to requesting items from Interlibrary Loan. Here’s how:

  • Log on to Illiad at https://illiad-s.library.okstate.edu/illiad/logon.html
  • Select Request a Photocopy
  • Complete the form as fully as possible
  • Click Submit Request
  • Library staff will retrieve and scan your request. The article will be placed temporarily on the Illiad server.
  • You will receive an email with a link where you can download the article.

ARL Ranking Shows Positive Trend for Library

The Association for Research Libraries (ARL) announced the 2004-2005 Membership Criteria Index, and once again OSU’s position in the Index builds on a multiyear positive trend. The OSU Library ranked 60 of the 113 university member institutions.

Dean of Libraries Sheila Grant Johnson said, “We are encouraged by the positive trend in our ARL rank. This reflects steady annual increases in the Library’s budget over the past five years. As always, our mission is to provide the resources and services needed by OSU students and faculty to achieve their personal research, teaching and learning goals, and if we compare favorably with this quantitative measure to the other members of the ARL, that is just icing on the cake.”

Only the largest of the more than 4000 academic libraries in United States and Canada are granted membership in the prestigious group. The Membership Index is based on five key factors: volumes held; gross volumes added; current serials; total expenditures; and the number of professional and support staff.

The Index does not attempt to measure a library’s services, quality of collections, or success in meeting the needs of users. Its sole purpose is to serve as a quantitative indicator for membership. The ARL Index is not static and reflects the relative gains and decreases in operating budgets for the 113 university member libraries. These increases and decreases are driven by local budgetary situations.

Annex Update

According to the compromise agreed upon by the Library Administration, Faculty Council, and the Provost, peer-reviewed material available only in print will be returned to the Main Library based on decisions made in cooperation with departments using the material.

This summer material moved to the Annex has comprised older materials from the Curriculum Materials Laboratory. Relocated material includes journals to which we have electronic subscriptions, older trade magazines, past editions of text books, and older fragile oversized books.

Please Note: As always, material in the Annex may be requested for electronic delivery, pick up at the Main Library or on-site consultation at the Annex by appointment. For more information visit http://www.library.okstate.edu/annex/index.htm

Faculty who do not wish to receive future Library Updates via email, should send a message to bonnie.cain@okstate.edu with the subject line containing one word: remove.

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/dean/august2006.htm
Last Updated: 22 May 2008

Media Contact:

Bonnie Ann Cain-Wood, APR
Email: lib-pub@okstate.edu
Phone: (405) 744-7331

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Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078-1071

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